Football No Longer a Priority for Jeff Demps

Jeff Demps Patriots

Is this the last we’ve seen of Demps in a Patriots uniform?

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

Jeff Demps is no longer in New England’s plans moving forward in the future.

I think Bill Belichick has already moved on as the signing of Leon Washington might indicate

Per Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, Demps indicated that he’ll be focusing on his track career rather than his NFL career in a recent radio interview in Florida:

When asked what he would say to Patriots coach Bill Belichick if he asked Demps how he can handle the obligations of two sports, he replied, “Listen coach, I want to do both, but in order for me to get to where I want to be on the track and field side, it’ll take a full year of preparation. And after the (track) season, if you guys are willing to let me come back, you know, probably midseason, and work out and train and get ready for the season, I’ll be able to do that. If not, then I guess I’ll just focus on running.”

Belichick is laughing somewhere—Demps is no longer in the fold to be New England’s return man, Washington is their guy. New England has already moved on.

Demps, who recently turned 23, is a world-class athlete and certainly has the potential to be an electric return man in the NFL, however he might have a brighter career in track.

Demps played his four-year collegiate career at Florida while playing running back as well as taking on return duties. Throughout his four-year career as a Gator, Demps recorded 2,951 yards from scrimmage as well as scoring 24 total touchdowns.

With Washington now on New England’s roster, the Patriots have a proven return man that they can turn to. Throughout Washington’s seven-year career in the league, he has return eight kicks for touchdowns while averaging 25.9 yards per-kickoff return as well as 9.9 yards per-punt return.

You might look at it as a shame that we likely won’t be seeing Demps on the football field anytime soon, but from his perspective, he has to do what he has to do. If Demps feels that he’ll have a more successful career in track rather than in the NFL, then that’s what he has to do.

At this point in time, it doesn’t really matter what Demps decides to do as New England has already moved forward with Washington as the team’s featured return man.

Tags: Free Agency, Jeff Demps, Leon Washington

9 Responses to “Football No Longer a Priority for Jeff Demps”

  1. cc says:

    It never was a priority in the first place. Peace Out Jeff Demps!

  2. Billy C. says:

    Demps is not the answer for the Pats. He’s not dedicated to football and Bill will not accept that when there is other players available that can do the job far better than Demps ever could. I said it before and I’ll stand by it again. Demps does not have what it takes to make it in the NFL. He wasn’t even the best return man on his own college team. He has great straight line speed but that does not translate to return skills in pro football. As for Demps playing the backfield in the NFL that’s a complete farce. He got by with his speed in college but shied away from any contact, and in the NFL he’ll get exposed instantly. Mr. Demps, I say to you, “stick with track!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • qwerty says:

      Demp would likely be the first or second fastest player in the NFL. Chris Johnson and Jacoby Ford are currently the fastest in the NFL. It is clear he can run fast wearing football equipment also. He has proved that speed already.

      It would be best for Demp to put any football career on hold fir a year with no compensation and put under heading of handling family matters. If or when he decides to devote full time then he can talk to the patriots and see where they are at that point. It would be nice for the patriots just to have the option to take him or not since it may not cost them anything.

      It would be exciting to have Demp because he could add another dimension to the patriots that they don’t currently add.

      If he decided to get into football condition and play then the real litmus test of whether he can truly play in the NFL really comes down to how brittle and injury prone he is in the hard hitting NFL.

      • Billy C. says:

        Just because he can run in football equipment doesn’t mean he will shine in the NFL. Bethel Johnson was one of the fastest players in equipment and that speed meant nothing because of his lack of route running and dedication to the sport.

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Demps is faster than Ford and Johnson, remember OLYMPIC sprinter!

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Bill C. i totally understand that Demps needed to be dedicated to game but i wonder did the Patriots already know that track was still his mindset, they signed him directly after the Olympics games.

    • acm says:

      I have to agree with Billy C here. I had such high hopes for Demps and saw him a big time Wild Card player for the Pats, however that was predicated on the assumption that he would dedicate his time and mind to developing himself into a pro football player, which obviously not the case here.

      One should keep in mind that Demps was very green/underdeveloped in all aspects of his game and would have likely taken a couple of years of dedicated training to become a proper player at the NFL level. That however would require the sort of dedication he obviously doesn’t have, at least not when it comes to football.

      Had he already been an accomplished, fully-formed NFL, maybe I can see this “part-time” thing work out somehow, although unlikely to happen with him being a Patriot. That however is simply not the case, so he’d do himself a favor and go with athletics full-time.

  3. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Lets hope any money in Demps contract is put on hold, till he’s ready for football!

  4. J H TARBORO says:

    Slow down guys it’s not set in stone yet, Leon Washington was brought in as a just in case, i still hope Demps comes back later in the season. I said it before, if we can get Demps back and acclimated to our system the possibilities are endless and you can’t teach that type of speed!



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