Geeked About Jeff DempsMarch 28th, 2014
Yes, Joe loves his fellow Bucs fans but one thing perplexing Joe is people’s constant fixation on running back/wide receiver Jeff Demps. Joe doesn’t get it.
Perhaps it is Gators fans pushing the narrative? Or, do fans believe Demps is some secret weapon who will ride in on a white horse and save the franchise?
It’s understandable how one would like to have Demps’ speed on the roster, and if he is a Buccaneer, head coach Lovie Smith is excited to tinker with him.
“I’ve never had the chance to coach the fastest guy in the NFL,” Lovie said. “We talked about his commitment to football. He loves track, but he considers himself a football player. And he’s anxious to get started with whatever position we ask him to player, whether it’s running back, wide receiver, returning kicks.
“We want to see what he does best.”
He’s not a “former” track star, yet. Demps still has his primary goal of competing in the 2016 Olympics Games. This is why Joe gives little to no expectation of anything from Demps.
Look, his goal is to compete if not win a medal in the Olympics. That’s a noble goal for anyone and Joe’s not going to knock him for trying to reach that goal. But until he reaches that goal, football is little more than a hobby.
For an NFL player to be productive, he can’t treat football as little more than a hobby, a sideshow, a distraction. Joe can only think of a handful of guys that can/could pull that off and, sorry, Demps is not Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson or even Jameis Winston.
If Demps ever gives up on chasing his dream — Joe hopes he doesn’t — and decides to concentrate on football 365 days a year, then he might be valuable addition to the Bucs in Jeff Tedford’s offense.
Until that time when Demps gives up on track, Joe’s not going to lose a wink of sleep worrying about what he could do.