Smith excited about Jeff Demps' speed

March, 27, 2014
Mar 27
2:33
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You could sense the intrigue in Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith's voice when he was asked about Jeff Demps during the NFL owners meeting earlier this week.

Demps is the former track star the Bucs traded for last year. Demps appeared in only two games before suffering a season-ending injury. Demps will be fully healthy this year and that has Smith excited about the possibilities.

"I mean, I've never had a chance to coach the fastest guy in the NFL," Smith said. "And we talked about his commitment to football and he loves track but he considers himself a football player and he's anxious to get started with whatever position we ask him to play, whether it's running back or wide receiver or returning kicks. Again, we're a new staff coming in so we're going to give guys an option to do what they feel like they do best."

The Bucs worked Demps at running back and return man last season. But Smith said Demps also will audition as a wide receiver.

"We'll do that with a few players," Smith said. "[Quarterback] Josh McCown won't be playing safety or anything like that. But, for the most part, if a guy can do a few different things, we want to see what he does best."

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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