Jeff Demps, the highly-coveted Olympic sprinter who played college football at Florida, will sign with the New England Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. Basically every team in the NFL wanted Demps, who helped the US to a silver medal in the 4×100 relay at the 2012 Olympics (he ran in a preliminary heat). Back in 2009, Demps was one of the fastest players in college football.
Demps should immediately help the Patriots on kickoff returns and with speed out of the backfield. He’ll be another weapon for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. As if defending two mammoth tight ends and Wes Welker wasn’t enough, now teams have to worry about a guy who has run a 10.01 in the 100 m. For some perspective, the 7th place finisher in the 100 at the Olympics, Richard Thompson, ran a 9.98.
The biggest loser here for New England could be former Jet Danny Woodhead, who returned kicks and was a pass-catching back last year.