More Jeff Demps?October 8th, 2013
The Bucs offense is struggling. The passing game is moribund. The Bucs have defrocked and turned loose their franchise quarterback.
And the Bucs have an Olympic sprinter on the roster.
Only in rare cases the past 30 years or so has an Olympic track star shined in the NFL, Willie Gault. Well, given how the Bucs offense smells, and subscribing to the theory of “speed kills,” the Bucs, says Bucs commander Greg Schiano, may try to use speedy Jeff Demps more. It’s the second time in as many weeks that Schiano talked about expanding Demps’ role. Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune took notes.
The Bucs focused largely on ways to get their 31st-ranked offense and 32nd-ranked passing attack back on track. Their hope is that by going vertical more often and making more use of Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps, they spark their attack.
“We talked about it last week – throwing the ball down the field a little more,’’ Schiano said. “The fact we haven’t done that as much as we’d like isn’t from a lack of trying, because sometimes defenses just take you out of it.
“But I think Jeff Demps is getting more and more comfortable with what we’re doing here so I think there will be some things we can do with him there that can make us better. He’s a valuable weapon.’’
Now this is a good mindmeld that Schiano could play. If the Bucs just show Demps at wide out, it could (should?) scare teams into preparing for the deep ball. By doing so, this may loosen up the soft underbelly of opponents.
One thing that did work in the Bucs passing game with Josh Freeman this season was slants to Vincent Jackson. If a defense prepares for the long ball, this route should be open more.
And if Glennon can get enough protection in the pocket to allow Demps to run down field, then all the better.