Philadelphia Eagles Player Spotlight: DB Quintin Demps

Dan Pennwyn@@WeBleedingGreenCorrespondent IApril 18, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 20:  Quintin Demps #39 of the Philadelphia Eagles returns a kick against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on December 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles selected UTEP product FS Quinitin Demps in the fourth round (117th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.

At that time, draft experts raved about his ball hawking abilities, speed, and athleticism. Demps was breaking school and college records, such as total yards gained on INT returns (404 yards), which blew away the previous record of 256 yards by Richie Wright from 1986-88.

He also ranked second in Texas-El Paso's history for INT's, ending his college career with 17.

Since being drafted by the Eagles, Quintin hasn't translated his college skills over to the NFL as a safety. But his return skills are phenomenal and he has also been a warrior on special teams.

In his rookie debut, Demps ended the season with 1,314 return yards, which ranks second on the teams total return yards in a single season record, sitting behind only Allen Rossum who had 1,347 return yards in 1999.

On the other side of it, the coverage part, Demps has become a key element in the punting game as well.

In 2008, he ended the season second on the team in special teams production points with 338 and third for special teams tackles with 19. He had his first NFL start in the playoff win against the Minnesota Vikings, and also forced a fumble that led to a David Akers field goal against the Dallas Cowboys with five seconds on the first-half clock on Dec. 28, 2008.

His 2009 highlights include his 48-yard kickoff return, his season long, to start the game against San Francisco, which led to a TD. He nabbed his first career INT on Nov. 1 against the division rival New York Giants, which resulted in a Jeremy Maclin TD on the next play.

The thing holding Demps back is his injury record.

In his two seasons with the Eagles, he has missed ample playing time due to a variety of injuries.

In 2009 alone, he missed five games. He was out for two games with a hamstring injury that he suffered on Sept. 13 against the Panthers. He was also inactive against San Diego Chargers (Nov. 15) and Chicago Bears (Nov. 22) due to an ankle injury.

Then just over a month later, he again was sidelined for the Denver Broncos game (Dec. 27) with an ankle sprain.

If Quintin can just stay healthy, I think he can become a good safety but an even better CB. Many Eagles fans are thinking they will draft a safety in the first round of the 2010 draft, which could free up Demps to compete for a CB spot on the roster.

If not, having a very solid backup safety on the team doesn't hurt either.

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As part of his workout regimen, Quintin practices meditation which he says promotes focus.

"I started doing it in college. I just clear my mind and focus on the important things, which really helps put me on the right track"

Maybe some ankle weights would help, too.


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