Jeff Demps is an exciting player, with great speed and acceleration to get away from any NFL defender. But unfortunately he’s been limited in his ability to step onto the field in the NFL due to injuries, and he’s suffered yet another set back that will sideline him for a decent amount of time.
According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Greg Schiano told the media today that Demps underwent surgery that will set him out for a good amount of time, although no exact timeline was given.
Schiano says Bucs RB Jeff Demps had surgery today for groin injury. No sense of timetable or whether he’ll play again this season.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 17, 2013
This is obviously quite painful for the Buccaneers, who had just begun working Demps into the offense, and to good effect. The speedster was able to create positive plays on short throws and handoffs thanks to his incredible quickness, and showed that he’s definitely a spark plug for an otherwise boring offense.
With Demps on the shelf, look for newly promoted WR/KR Skye Dawson to get some looks returning kicks, and watch for Eric Page to see a bit more time on offense.
Dawson was a talented returner for TCU in 2012, but went undrafted before eventually joining the Tampa Bay practice squad and then active roster. As for Page, his quickness could be used in similar ways to Demps on short screens and passes in the flats, as he has a returner’s mentality in open space. He’s not Demps from a pure speed perspective, but he could be used in similar ways to change things up on offense.