At the time, it was believed Demps, a silver medalist on the U.S. 4x100 relay team, would make football his priority. Those plans have changed.
"Listen Coach, I want to do both, but in order for me to get to where I want to be on the track-and-field side, it'll take a full year of preparation," Demps said, via ESPNBoston.com. "And after the season, if you guys are willing to let me come back, you know, probably midseason, and work out and train and get ready for the season, I'll be able to do that. If not, then I guess I'll just focus on running."
"If I'm not able to do football anymore, it's kind of like I'm just opening up another chapter of my life, and it's on the track-and-field side," he said.
It's safe to say Demps wasn't making statements like that last August, before he signed with the Patriots.