Does Jeff Demps Have To Prove Himself?August 13th, 2014
Joe sees various media types issuing 53-man, final-roster predictions for your beloved Buccaneers. And they all include speedster running back Jeff Demps.
Even former Bucs DE Steve White, who was a coaching assistant on Lovie Smith’s staff this spring, says he believes the Bucs will keep Demps and work him into the offense consistently.
The problem Joe has with all this Demps love is Demps hasn’t done anything to be gifted a spot.
First, Demps has shown nothing on special teams. Speed doesn’t make a returner. Bucs fans saw Demps be impotent with kickoffs last year, as well as on Friday in Jacksonville. And Joe’s not seeing Demps show up in other phases and roles in special teams.
Lovie has said repeatedly that reserve players must be special teams contributors.
As for Demps’ role on offense, he’s had Vaseline hands in practice, and he’s not a better running back than the four guys ahead of him on the depth chart.
In practice, Demps has been lethal on wheel-type routes out of the backfield when the Bucs can get him 1-on-1 with a linebacker. Unless Demps can show more in preseason, that lone route would probably be the only reason he makes the final roster. Joe is having a hard time wrapping his head around that possibility.