If Al Davis were around there is no doubt former Florida Gator turned U.S. Olympic track athlete Jeff Demps would have been in Silver and Black. At least he would have been if Davis beat Bill Belichick to the punch.
An ESPN report claims that the Pats will announce the signing of Demps today. The one-time running back passed on entering the NFL draft in order to pursue his endeavors on the track. The move was certainly the right one to make for Demps.
The former SEC champion won a silver medal in London as part of the U.S. 4X100 relay team. Though he didn’t qualify in any of the open events, Demps’ future on the track is bright. However his desire to play football is obviously strong enough that he’s willing to put that future on hiatus for a shot at the NFL.
This is yet another move Belichick has openly borrowed from the Book of Davis. The man many proclaim as the best coach in the game makes no secrets about the influence Davis has had on his football philosophy. What’s more Davis than getting the fastest athletes on the planet on an NFL roster?
Truth be told, this is a move of no major consequence from a football standpoint. Demps was an average runner at best and will likely be a special teams contributor for Belichick. That’s if he makes the cut of course. Demps stands to have a much more fruitful and lucrative career on the track than he does in the NFL.