Demps sprinting for the gridiron

Jeff Demps is keeping busy on the track for the rest of July and will likely get an invite to compete at the world championships in mid-August.

But when he’s done, one of the world’s fastest men plans to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Demps will almost certainly compete at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, but when the track event is over on 18 August, he will join the Bucs for the final few weeks of the preseason.

“Jeff believes in finishing what he starts,” said Demps’s agent, Daniel Rose. “And so what he wants to do is finish out the track season and, once that’s finished, then he’ll report to the Bucs.”

Demps won a silver medal as part of the US 4×100 relay team at the 2012 London Games. He also competed in both track and football at Florida. Demps was acquired by Tampa in a trade with New England this offseason.

He joins a Bucs team that went 7-9 last season, which placed them last in the NFC South behind the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. Tampa Bay has a number of star players to build around in quarterback Josh Freeman, offseason acquisition Darrelle Revis and wide-out Vincent Jackson.

By comparison, the Patriots won the AFC East and advanced all the way to the AFC Championship, before losing to eventual Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots will be looking to upgrade their offence around QB Tom Brady, after offseason drama around tight-ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.