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Sprinter Demps plans to join Bucs during preseason

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TAMPA - Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps won't report to training camp with the rest of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates, but plans to join the team at some point during the preseason.

"Jeff believes in finishing what he starts," Demps' agent, Daniel Rose, said on Friday. "And so what he wants to do is finish out the track season and, once that's finished, then he'll report to the Bucs."

Track season runs through the end of July, but Demps' season could be extended by an invitation to the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, which runs through Aug. 18.

That would mean Demps might not join the Bucs until the third week of the preseason, putting him far behind the other players. But with Tampa Bay expecting to use him primarily as a return man, Demps should have time to catch up.

"We've had conversations with the Bucs and they're excited about having Jeff," Rose said. "So, it will be interesting to see how it goes. I wish I could give everyone a date certain for when he'll be there, but I just can't.''

The Bucs acquired Demps in the offseason trade that sent running back LeGarrette Blount to the New England Patriots. Because of his track commitments, Demps has so far been excused from all Bucs workouts.

A product of the University of Florida, where he played running back and ran track, Demps won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games as a member of the United States 4x100 meter relay team.

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