Found August 18, 2012 on 60 Max Power O:
Baltimore_ravens_v_7d8e

Julian Edelman and Danny Woodhead should be looking over their shoulders starting this week as the New England Patriots have signed former Florida Gator running back/kick returner, Olympic Silver Medalist and track star Jeff Demps to a three year contract, ESPN reported late Friday night

The Patriots hope that Demps can aid the return game with his speed and elusiveness, which last year was subpar in both punt (ranked 16th in the NFL with an average of 10.2 yards) and kickoff (29th return at 21.4 yards). At Florida he averaged 18.5 yards per punt and 28.8 on kickoffs with a touchdown.

Additionally Demps can help offensively as well. In his career at Florida, he rushed 367 times for 2,470 yards (6.7 yard avg.) and 54 catches for 481 yards (8.4 yard avg.) but scored 24 touchdowns (23 rushing, 1 receiving).

His one downfall, which he will need to correct to see the field, or remain with the team, is his propensity to let the ball go. He fumbled 11 times in 424 touches in his career at Florida.

What does the signing mean for Edelman and Woodhead and their roster spots?

Of the two, I think Edelman would be the safer. Edelman is the team’s Swiss army knife as he plays WR, punt returner, part time fill-in for the secondary and with his experience at Kent State, can play quarterback in an emergency. Edelman had shown flashes in his rookie year, even drawing comparisons to All-Pro WR Wes Welker, but his involvement has been up and down in his three years with the team. This is his first threat of not making the team after his rookie camp, where he came in as a 7th round selection. We should see how he handles it this time.

Danny Woodhead, a fifth year RB out of Chadron State, has come in and filled the role vacated by long time Patriot Kevin Faulk after Faulk tore his ACL in 2010. Woodhead, who is the same height as Demps, 5’7”, could be in trouble if Demps can figure out the offense and protect the ball. They both having a lot of similar skills, so why keep both?

Woodhead and Edelman had better play a very good game and leave good impressions with head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels before Demps can start practicing. McDaniels is already thinking of ways to use his new weapon.

This will add to the WR, offensive line drama going on camp.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
MAKING A RUN AT HIM

Report: Pats to sign Olympic sprinter

The New England Patriots reportedly will sign Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps, who was a running back for the Florida Gators from 2008-11.

2012 New England Patriots Preseason Observations With ESPN Boston’s Mike Rodak

Mike Rodak of ESPN Boston, who provides the best Patriots coverage on the internet. Mike Rodak from ESPN Boston, was nice enough to answer some of our Patriots off season questions.  Mike will be entering his third season covering the Patriots with the team over at ESPN Boston. In this email interview, Mike and I touch on the offense, areas of concern, the different styles of camp...

Report: Jeff Demps to Patriots, agent denies deal

Various outlets are reporting that it’s pretty much a done deal that the New England Patriots and Olympic silver medalist and former Florida Gator Jeff Demps have agreed to a deal. The speedster’s agent Nohemy Baltodano says not fast, tweeting “Those reports are untrue!” Another report is that Demps and his agent(s) will announce who he’s signing with, and it looks...

Ninkovich shifts from OLB to DE for Patriots

When he was an outside linebacker, Rob Ninkovich could spend more time covering receivers. He even intercepted two passes in two different games. He'd rather get sacks, and he has a better chance now that the New England Patriots have shifted him to his college position of defensive end. Playing on the line reduces Ninkovich's pass coverage responsibilities. He can focus...

Fred Taylor ready to move on as he forgives former agent, Tank Black, for defrauding millions

Does the name Tank Black ring any bells to you? If not, you're not alone, but in the early 2000s, Tank Black was on trial for defrauding millions of dollars from players he represented including former Jaguars and Florida Gators great, Fred Taylor. The saga of Tank Black started in the late 90s. He landed Taylor as a client, and the two quickly built a relationship. Following...

Reports: Patriots sign Olympic medalist Demps

The New England Patriots have reportedly agreed to terms with Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps, who played running back at Florida but was not drafted by an NFL team because he said he wanted to focus on his track career. Patriots player personnel director Nick Caserio said in his meeting with reporters on Friday that the team had nothing to report. But multiple media reports...

Jeff Demps fits all Belichick, Patriots stand for - NFL.com

Jeff Demps fits all Belichick, Patriots stand for - NFL.com: The Patriots have injuries in the...

Nate Eb-nah interception!! (via Patriots Training Camp - Friday,...

Nate Eb-nah interception!! (via Patriots Training Camp - Friday, August 17, 2012)

Jeff Demps officially signs with the Patriots

AP According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, former Olympic sprinter and University of Florida running back Jeff Demps has officially signed with the New England Patriots. Well, Jeff Demps is officially a #Patriot. Signed, sealed and the other thing. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 18, 2012 At on point we thought Demps was going to sign with the Buccaneers, than the Jets camp in...

Patriots Know Onus is on Offense After Lackluster Showing Against Saints to Open Preseason (Video)

The Patriots aren't happy with their offense -- that's a bit of a surprise. In a game featuring two of the NFL's most high-powered offenses, and two of it's all-time great quarterbacks, suffice to say a 7-6 victory is not the way New England probably envisioned their preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints to pan out. Granted it was just the preseason and...

Branch Fighting For A Roster Spot

Patriots WR Deion Branch knows roster spots are up for grans and he's in tune with having to compete for his job.

Edelman has some hops! (via Patriots Training Camp - Friday,...

Edelman has some hops! (via Patriots Training Camp - Friday, August 17, 2012)

Penn State Quarterback Matt McGloin Seems to Admit He Was Joking About Tom Brady Comparison

Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin appeared to confirm some suspicions on Friday night. McGloin made headlines by comparing himself to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, saying, "I don't think we're too far apart." But on Friday night, McGloin seemed to admit that he was, in fact, acting in good-natured fun when he made the comment. He issued the following tweet,...

Patriots Add Another Wrinkle On Offense in Olympic Medalist, RB Jeff Demps

Few head coaches in the NFL relish adding new wrinkles to their offense more than Bill Belichick. Jeff Demps has agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots, Kevin O’Donnell of FOX 13 Tampa reports. Demps’ official announcement will come later Friday afternoon.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a strong push for the former Florida Gators running back and Olympic silver medalist...
Patriots News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.