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Jeff Demps Media Availability Transcript

Posted Aug 22, 2012

New England Patriots RB Jeff Demps addresses the media in Tampa, Florida following the team's joint practice with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Read the partial transcript below.

Q: How’s practice going?

JD: Pretty good. It's my first day, just go out there and be running around.

Q: Was it a tough decision for you between the Bucs and the Patriots?

JD: Once I talked to the Patriots I kind of got the feeling that’s where I wanted to be.

Q: What was the deciding factor?

JD: You know, everything was just family based. [I felt] like I was already a part of the team.

Q: Is getting back into football shape going to be the hardest part?

JD: Yeah, that’s probably going to be the toughest part, just getting back into that football shape and learning the plays.

Q: How long has it been since you played football?

JD: Since January 1 after our bowl game. I haven’t touched a football since then. Today is my first time, so I have a long way to go, but I just want to come out each and every day and work hard.

Q: Did you always know you wanted to get back to football or was that an uncertainty for you?

JD: No, I was uncertain. I was just focused on running and being in the Olympics and once that was all over, I decided to come back to the game.

Q: How do you see your role on the team?

JD: I don't know, anywhere I can fit in, just to help the team out.

Q: How do you characterize this last whirlwind month?

JD: It's just a blessing to come from the Olympics and come to a football field. It's a blessing. Not many people do that, so it's just a blessing to do that.

Q: Running backs Coach Ivan Fears said he threw you right into the one-on-one drills. He said you were courageous in stepping in there. How has the transition been from running n the Olympics to what you’re doing today?

JD: Well, I always had a football background. I’m a football player first, so I’m used to just jumping right into it coming off of track season. So it was basically the same transition except the guys are a lot bigger.

Q: How helpful was it to have some familiar faces like Brandon Spikes in New England? How big of a role did that play?

JD: It played a good role in me going up there and like you said knowing some of the faces and they took me in like they always did when I first got to Florida. It was a good thing.

Q: Is there anything you learned from your Olympic experience that could help you here?

JD: Just to be a technician of everything you do. You're a professional now, so you just have to make sure everything is perfect. You can’t slack off.