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Demps reporting to Bucs today

Jeff Demps compete in the men's 100 meter race at the 'Gugl Games' athletics meeting in Linz, Austria in  August. He won the race.

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Jeff Demps compete in the men's 100 meter race at the 'Gugl Games' athletics meeting in Linz, Austria in August. He won the race.

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Former Gators star and Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps is reporting to the Bucs this morning, his agent said.

Demps, acquired from the Patriots in the offseason LeGarrette Blount trade, had been allowed to follow his career in track, where he's been competing in Europe. But Demps returned from Italy last week and is ready to focus on football; he will be meeting with the Bucs coaching staff today, trying to catch up and pick up the system as quick as he can.

"He's excited," agent Daniel Rose said. "We all know what he can do. It's going to be interesting."

What role Demps may play remains to be seen. He's obviously got speed, can be used as a back up running back or as a kick and punt returner. The Bucs could also put together a package of plays for his skill set. "They have an idea," Rose said.

According to the CBA, Demps has a two-week roster exemption, so he can work out and practice with the team without being on the 53-man roster, available to be activated at any time.

Rose said Demps is in great physical condition, working out five hours a day, so getting into football shape shouldn't be a big issue. He's also been able to pick up systems, specifically, New England's, pretty quickly, Rose said.

"If you can learn the New England system, you can learn any system in the National Football League," Rose said.

Rose said the Bucs have been very supportive in Demps' track pursuits, with general manager Mark Dominik frequently touching base to see how he was running. But Rose said while Demps wants to do both sports, he's focused and determined to do well in football and help the Bucs in any way.

It would be interesting, too, with the Bucs traveling to New England in two weeks, if Demps can be playing by then.

[Last modified: Monday, September 9, 2013 10:30am]

    

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