The Detroit Lions have a precarious situation on their hands in regards to their running backs. The situation with Jahvid Best is particularly concerning since it is impossible to pin point a time table for returning from a concussion. Nine months after suffering a concussion that cost him the rest of his 2011 season, Best still is not practicing with the team.
Speedster running backs don’t just grow on trees for general managers to pluck at a moment’s notice. That being said, a new possibility emerged today for the Lions.
Breaking: Olympic silver medalist & ex-Florida star Jeff Demps will play football in 2012, per source. Filed paperwork with
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 14, 2012
Demps went undrafted last April because he planned to pursue a track career. Apparently those plans have changed now that he has returned from London where he competed on the 4×100 meter relay team.
All 32 teams are in play for Demps since he is a free agent due to his undrafted status but the Lions have a lot to offer. With Best still on the sidelines, the Lions have a vacant role for a back like Jeff Demps. A high profile offensive attack on a competitive should also look attractive. The Lions have appeared intent on working out all possibilities in the return game, another area Demps would provide value.
Jeff Demps should find a job. Position fit a question, could be RB/WR hybrid,undersized KR like Lions’ Stefan Logan, but with elite speed.
— Chad Reuter (@ChadReuter) August 14, 2012
It’s too early to tell if the Lions will show interest and if that interest would be reciprocated but it is an interesting scenario that wasn’t previously on the table.
The speed. He gots it: