Patriots' Jeff Demps returning to track; wants to play two sports

Patriots running back Jeff Demps isn't ready to gve up his track career. (USATSI)

Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps isn't quite ready to give up on his track career. Demps has informed the Patriots that he will be returning to track, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Although coach Bill Belichick might not be on board with it, Demps is hopeful that he'll be able to play football and run track. 

Demps signed a three-year, $1.51 million deal with the Patriots in August and played in two preseason games with the team before being placed on injured reserve on Aug. 31. Despite being placed on IR, Demps still received $211,000 in guaranteed salary. That total was the second highest guarantee of any undrafted free agent last season.  

The former Florida Gator skipped the 2012 NFL Combine and all NFL Draft workouts in favor of training for the 2012 Olympics, where he won a silver medal as a member of the United States 4x100m relay team that finished second to Jamaica.  

In his very limited time on the field, Demps did show flashes of his speed. Demps averaged 13.7 yards per carry in the Patriots' Week 3 preseason loss to Tampa Bay. The following week, in the Patriots' preseason finale against the Giants, Demps led the team in receiving with 31 yards. 

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