Should the Lions sign an Olympian?

With Jahvid Best starting the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and Mikel Leshoure suspended for the first two games of the season, the Lions are short at the running back position.

One free agent option to replace a speed guy like Best would be former Olympian Jeff Demps who played college football at Florida along with running the 4X100 dash at the Olympics.  While he was at Florida Demps had 2,470 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns and averaged 28.8 yards per kick return during his four-year career.

Demps went undrafted because he told teams he was focusing on track full-time, so now that the Olympics are over he has a lot of interest from teams across the league.  It has been reported that the Buccaneers and the Jets have interest so far and the Lions should be one of them.

He could be a cheap option to see if he will succeed in the NFL and with our issues at running back he would be a guy I would like to see the Lions go after.  He could replace Best in the lineup if he is never able to return from his concussions and even if Best can come back Demps could be someone to lighten the load.

So what do you think fans, would a track star like Demps fit in with the Lions or are they set at the running back position?  Let us know at @DSBloggers on Twitter or on Facebook or in the comments below to tell us what you, the fans, think.

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One Response to Should the Lions sign an Olympian?

  1. kevin mctaggart says:

    I am all for getting this guy! I don’t know what they are waiting for. It’s not just his speed we can use. He is a special athlete and an olympian. That alone means heart, class and a work ethic are just like another special player named MEGATRON on our team. If we wait it will be too late. He’s well spoken and would be great on the Super Bowl run 🙂

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