Fading Jeff Demps

August 17th, 2014

jeff demps 2Unless Lovie Smith is hiding former Gator and Olympic speedster Jeff Demps as part of a secret plot to thrust Demps on the NFL via Jeff Tedford’s never-before-seen plays, it seems Demps is on the wrong side of the roster bubble.

Against the Dolphins last night, Demps wasn’t spotted on the field until the second half.

Demps didn’t return punts or kicks, and he was the fourth running back to handle the football.

The first Demps look of the night? He dropped a Mike Glennon pass in his hands. Demps finished the night behind the Bucs’ second- and third-team offensive lines, rushing for 31 yards and eight carries and failing to impress.

Joe’s written countless times (to the disbelief of some readers) that Demps has displayed questionable hands through the spring and summer. That showed up again tonight. Joe doesn’t care how fast Demps runs in a straight line, it’s not necessarily football speed and he’s useless if he can’t catch the football.

There’s a reason Lovie seems to have given up on Demps as a returner. Combined with his lackluster play out of the backfield, Joe wouldn’t bet on Demps lasting in Tampa until September.

19 Responses to “Fading Jeff Demps”

  1. Bucfan40 Says:

    Joe, Tim Wright played behind all 3 other tight ends tonight. Could he be on the bubble too or was tonight more a vanilla test run for guys who may not have a nitch in a more creative system? Stocker was the #2 it seemed like.

  2. knucknbuc Says:

    Bad idea if we release Wright for puke stocker. But Jeff demps isn’t good no wonder bellichick traded him for lgb. Demps is good on those toss plays other then that something is missing there. He’s probably gone imo.. And @Joe any sign of space tonight? Seems like lovie wants to replace him at all cost at both kr and pr?

  3. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Personally, I think the Bucs would be better served by cutting him and filling the 4th spot with another team’s PS RB. I can’t imagine one of them doing worse.

  4. knucknbuc Says:

    Page I mean

  5. BucFanInTokyo Says:

    For a player that generated a lot of pre-season buzz, I agree, he might not be around come Sept. I thought he might be injured or something after nary a sighting in the 1st half. A 2nd half 4th team RB is not a way to make a 53 man roster. I was hoping, Demps could be a bit of a Hester type, but that seems nowhere in sight.

  6. deminion Says:

    Demps is just fast he doesn’t have elusiveness he looks stiff

  7. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Get rid of Glennon, Demps, Clay, Rainey

  8. Louis Friend Says:

    If Mike James is hurt enough to miss action, it might be enough to keep Demps around a little longer. Weirder things have happened. But I agree he’s not able to transfer the track speed into meaningful football ability at this level.

  9. Eric Says:

    the big plays we read about in practice from Demps don’t seem to happen much in games.

  10. Chef Paul Says:

    Got to give Lovie credit for not being blinded by his early love for Demps. Can’t say that about our last two coaches and former GM.

  11. Buccfan37 Says:

    Demps has all the attributes of a temp, as in temporary not injured and temporary on the team.

  12. Bill Says:

    Like I said Day 1, he is a gimmick that will land on the practice squad for a season before he is never heard from football-wise again.

  13. Jim Walker Says:

    If he had good hands he could be a great player. But I agree with the comment that he has no elusiveness, that with inability to catch makes his speed useless.

  14. THETRUTH Says:

    jOE, That was a terrible pass by Glennon nowhere by his hands, and there were 4 dolphins within 2 yards from Demps a covered man and the QB still there it.. i HAVEN’T seen enough of Demps to consider him nothing more than spot player. would like to see a screen pass from the RB position thrown to him in space.
    M.James has shown the best running ability and he can catch EVERYTIME he steps on field and they should try him with first string behind Doug Martin..

    Um, you might want to watch the Demps drop again. –Joe

  15. DB55 Says:

    All I know is that Soloman Patton earned himself a job last night. Nice work in the kicking game.

  16. bigpoppabuc Says:

    You said it DB55… Patton was very impressive, running like he was on fire. I liked Rainey returning punts, too.

  17. skipper Says:

    While it appears that Demps has not impressed, I’d like to defend him just a bit by saying that Tedford is not using him correctly, at least not yet. He is not a between the tackles tailback, Tedford needs to get him the ball in space. How about a screen pass or two? With the exception of Sims in the first game, I have not seen any running back impress.

  18. Couch Fan Says:

    There were very few plays last night that called for getting the ball into the RBs hands in space. Hard to judge Demps off of things we already knew he couldn’t do well. That 1 pass from Glennon did bounce right off his fingers.

  19. DHutch Says:

    Demps was not used to his strength which would be in space. I don’t get the “lack of elusiveness talk,” heres why: 1) When you are that fast you don’t need a lot of shake and bake 2) when running the ball between the tackles calls for decisiveness not nimbleness. 3) he hasn’t been put in space to test his elusiveness. Other than that, I do agree he will require creativity and patients, which may be too much to ask for a team who went 4-12 last near.