Jeff Demps fell out of favor in New England, and ultimately was traded, after making clear his determination to devote his time to being an Olympic track athlete along with a career as a football player.
His new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, stated it was supportive of his track endeavors, but head coach Greg Schiano doesn't seem too concerned about Demps' presence.
After the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Demps is clear of any track events in the near future and ready to join his NFL squad down in Tampa Bay.
One might think Schiano is monitoring closely when the speedster out of the University of Florida will come down to Bucs camp, but his words say something else.
“Supposedly he’s coming. I don’t know. We’ll see,” Schiano said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “I don’t worry about guys that are not here, you know? So he’s not helping us get better right now. He's out there running track somewhere. So, if he’s going to do that — if he gets here and helps us win he will be part of it. If he gets here and can’t help us win, he can go back and run track. We are here to win games.”
Schiano has shown himself to be a no-nonsense coach since he reached the NFL, and in fact harbors a close connection with Bill Belichick. From these words, it seems Demps is already on a bit of a short leash in his new home.
The Patriots of course obtained LeGarrette Blount in Demps' dealing, an acquisition that seems to be paying of fairly well thus far. In addition to sending Demps, the Pats gave the Bucs a seventh-rounder, a pick they used as part of a deal to move up a round. Mike James was chosen with that selection.