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Bucs still serious about Demps, but what would his role be?



Jeff Demps’ agent provided us with an update today, saying that every NFL team has called to inquire about his client, but the Bucs are considered a frontrunner to sign the former Gator.

They hope there’s a decision by Monday.

So, with that said, here’s a key question on Demps and the Bucs: What role would he assume if signed?

If and when the Bucs acquire the silver medalist from the London Olympics, he very well could become a wildcard sort of player. When Urban Meyer coached Demps at Florida and used Demps in that capacity – as both a runner and receiver – he had his most significant impact. The Bucs would be wise to consider doing something similar, perhaps using him in ways that will allow him to get in open space with tosses, quick screens and similar tactics.

Demps’ diminutive size makes him less than ideal when used as a traditional running back, and some of his injuries at Florida reinforce this. But used in small doses and in the right situations, the Bucs might find Demps is a legitimate weapon. Limiting him to being only a receiver or only a runner could be counterproductive. Demps’ longest run in 2011 was 84 yards. His longest reception: 72 yards. That’s a truly multi-dimensional player.

Another possible role for Demps is special teams. Demps has game-breaking ability as a return man, averaging 25 yards per return for Florida last season. With Preston Parker still creating questions about his ball security (he muffed another punt last week), there could be concerns about the Bucs’ return game. Perhaps acquiring a player like Demps addresses those fears.

Whatever their intended the role, it’s become clear the Bucs are serious about Demps.

Tell us: What position do you see as the best fit for Demps?

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 3:55pm]


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