Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/19/14

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots makes a recpetion against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Former LSU CB Jalen Collins failed multiple drug tests

Six players suspended for White Sox-Royals brawl

Stephen A. Smith blasts Brady for missing White House visit

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Report: Angels, Rangers talking Josh Hamilton trade

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Roger Goodell calls both Los Angeles stadium plans 'viable'

Five-star hoops star Malik Newman commits to Miss State

Crabtree on joining Raiders: 'Ain't got nothing to lose'

Report: Hardy gets in 'verbal altercation' with teammate

NFL exec compares Jameis Winson to JaMarcus Russell

Report: Chris Sale wanted to fight Yordano Ventura

WATCH: Todd Gurley shares video of himself sprinting

5 most boring NFL prime time matchups for 2015

Steve Carell, Emma Stone to star in Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King film

Calipari’s new project: Create virtual reality experience for fans

Maurice Jones-Drew will retire with the Jaguars on Tuesday

Ovechkin jokes about taking a chair from Nassau Coliseum

Uniform colors have already been picked for Vegas NHL team

Golden State: Not losing to New Orleans, but still snoozing

Ventura, Royals need to simmer down before someone gets hurt

The Mets and their weak opponents

Report: Gronk dating former Patriots cheerleader

Nothing gleams like late-round draft gold

NFL 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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Stephen A. Smith blasts Tom Brady

Kris Humphries apologizes for Jenner tweet

5 boring NFL prime time matchups

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota: Perception vs. reality

Report: Gronk dating former Patriots cheerleader

NFL exec compares Jameis Winson to JaMarcus Russell

NFL does not care about Rams' future in St. Louis

Nothing gleams like late-round draft gold

The Ultimate All-Living MLB Team

Dubs wanted to gain momentum for Game 4 ... then won

Teams who need to ace the NFL Draft

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.