Patriots Sign Olympian

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Posted August 17, 2012 by Ross Wyszomierski in Sports
Demps

Earlier this week the New England Patriots signed undrafted free agent Jeff Demps. Demps attended the University of Florida as a running back/kick returner. He isn’t you ordinary undrafted free agent; he won a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics on the United States 4 x 100 relay team. Signing an Olympic athlete doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Why didn’t another team jump on him? Demps told teams during the draft that he was planning to pursue a career in track. Maybe the taste of silver changed his mind? Either way, the Patriots are taking a chance on him and I for one think it is going to work out perfectly. Demps is only 5’ 8”, 190 pounds, but faster than a Kim Kardashian marriage. Demps’ team ran the 4 x 100 relay in 37.04 seconds at the Olympics. His 40-yard dash time is 4.26 second. In other words, no one is catching him (unless Usain Bolt wants to put on pads). The Patriots are a perfect fit to mold this athlete into a super star. Everyone who called that Wes Welker was going to be an all-star when he walked into training camp raise his hand. That’s’ what I thought. Now I will say that, a big part to turning Wes Welker into a top wide out was the man under center, Tom Brady. If I could run routes, Brady could make me an all-star. He doesn’t miss his target.

Now Brady might only be throwing short, screen passes to Demps, but the Patriots have the coaches and staff to yank every ounce of potential out of players. All Demps has to do is what he does best, run. If he can outrun everyone on the field, there is no need to worry about being tackled. Demps has had trouble holding on to the ball, but when he does, he is the biggest threat to defenses. He can probably help out the most in the kick return game for the Patriots, a place where they need help drastically. Demps has a long way to go and a lot of learning to do before he is an all-star. But Demps has one thing that no coach can teach. You can’t teach fast.


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