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Demps set to debut against team that coveted him

Updated with how Jeff Demps fared Jeff Demps went through his first NFL practice Wednesday at One Buc Place in preparation for his debut Friday night. That proved to be a timely tease for Tampa Bay, which had pushed to get him in a Buccaneers jersey. Instead, he chose to join the Patriots, who held joint practices with the Bucs prior to their preseason game at 7:30 p.m. However, when it comes to Demps, this game won’t be about the… Read More »

Demps is 6th Gator to join Patriots; how does he fit?

Updated with the Giants cutting Justin Trattou, but reportedly signing Marcus Thomas. Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez, Jermaine Cunningham, Jabar Gaffney, Gerard Warren and now Jeff Demps. The former Gator running back, who told NFL teams he’d be focusing on a full-time track career before April’s draft, will join those five UF alums in New England after signing with the Patriots on Friday. Demps flew home to Orlando to meet with his representatives and go over the details of the deal… Read More »

Demps files paperwork to play in NFL this season

Fresh off a silver medal in London, Jeff Demps wants to come back home to football. The former Gator football and track star has filed paperwork with the NFL and wants to start playing this season, according to NFL.com. April’s draft came and went, and Demps’ name was never called after telling teams he would be a full-time track athlete. However, Demps has signed a standard representation agreement for football with the goal of playing in the 2012 season, a… Read More »