Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Olympic Sprinter Demps Newest Patriot Notebook

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Olympic Sprinter Demps Newest Patriot Notebook

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The New England Patriots agreed to terms with Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps, who played running back at Florida but was not drafted by an NFL team because he said he wanted to focus on his track career.

Patriots player personnel director Nick Caserio said in his meeting with reporters Friday that the team had nothing to report.

But later, after reports began to surface, the Patriots issued a news release, announcing the signing of the sprinter.

Demps, 22, earned the Olympic silver medal in the 400-meter relay as part of the team that finished second to Jamaica.

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