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After rejecting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week to sign with the New England Patriots, running back (and Olympic sprinter) Jeff Demps stepped onto the Bucs field to make his National Football League debut.
Demps returned a third-quarter kickoff 23 yards for his first touch in the NFL.
He took the field next to Tom Brady on the following drive, but he instantly was flagged for a false start as he took off towards the line before the ball was even snapped. Clearly Demps has a long way to go with getting comfortable in the Patriots' high-powered offense.
Demps finally had a carry in the fourth quarter where he looked very quick (surprise, surprise) getting to the sideline, but he took a big shot. He sprung up smiling after taking the hit, which is a great sign for a player who needs to bulk up back into football shape.
Demps sprung loose for a 29-yard rush later on the same drive, setting up a short touchdown pass from Ryan Mallett to rookie wide receiver Jeremy Ebert.
For good measure, Demps tacked on a speedy 29-yard yard punt return in the game's final minutes, but the play was called back due to a block in the back by Malcolm Williams.