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August 24, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) hands the ball off to running back Jeff Demps (42) during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New England Patriots 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers activate Jeff Demps


During the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 0-3 start, the offense has been a disaster, which culminated in a 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday. In an attempt to try and help that offense, the Buccaneers have activated former Florida Gators and New England Patriots running back Jeff Demps, according to Mark Cook of Pewter Report.

After helping the Gators win national championships in both football and track and field, Demps signed with the Patriots in 2012. Demps appeared in three preseason games in 2012, rushing for 56 yards. However, he wound up being placed on injured reserve and missed the entire season.

“[Football] was an uncertainty,” Demps said prior to joining the Patriots. “I was just focused on running and competing in the Olympics. Once all that stuff was over I was ready to come back to the game. I just want to fit in and help the team out.”

This offseason, the Patriots were upset that Demps wanted to miss football games to run track. They traded him and a seventh round pick in the 2013 draft to the Buccaneers in exchange for running back LaGarrette Blount.


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