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REAR ENTRIES: Poor Rookies

August 15, 2012 at 03:52pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »


BUCS LOOKING AT DEMPS: Former Gator Jeff Demps is back from the Olympics with his silver medal in hand, ready to get back to the business of football. And the Bucs are interested.

“I’ve spoken to the Bucs,” [agent] Rose said, “but there are a lot of other teams interested. He’s not committed to any team yet. He just got off the plane. But Tampa Bay would be a great fit. We’re going to let it play out and he’ll be somewhere soon.”

According to Pewter Report, the Bucs would like to use Demps as a slot receiver, running back and kick returner. He was used mostly as a running back at Florida and had excellent averages throughout his career. Demps is fast — big time fast — but I honestly don’t see him making a huge impact at the NFL level. And that’s not an anti-Gator bias talking (for that, wait until the college games start). And if the Bucs were to bring him on as a slot receiver, who do you cut to make room for him? Let’s say they keep five receivers. Jackson, Williams, Underwood, Parker, Stroughter, Benn… there’s six right there that are all better receivers than Demps. It’s not all about speed in the NFL.

GAME VS TITANS BLACKED OUT: Even though the percentage of tickets sold to lift the local blackouts has been reduced to 85%, that still wasn’t good enough to get the game against the Titans televised this Friday. Which is fine since most people would have left the game at halftime anyway. Let’s just make an agreement to all watch the NFL Network broadcast of the game and we’ll talk about it then.

ROOKIES ARE FUN TO MESS WITH: The Bucs will celebrate the last day of training camp with a rookie talent show because nothing says “Welcome to the team” like public humiliation.

Rookies will be asked to perform a talent show for the veterans and coaches. Rookie running back Doug Martin said the group has a skit or two prepared for the show.

“And I can dance, but I don’t know if I’ll have to do that or not,” Martin said.

Well, now he will. And if it’s anything like a fraternity hazing, hide the brooms. Trust me on this.

One Comment to “REAR ENTRIES: Poor Rookies”


campyone (August 15, 2012 at 11:09pm:

Even though I’m a Gator alum and long-time fan I agree with you that Demps is unlikely to make a big impact in the NFL. His speed is straight line speed. He doesn’t break tackles and he isn’t particularly shifty or elusive. But I’d still like to see the Bucs sign him and see what he can do as a return man and as a receiver out of the backfield.

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