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Patriots Sign Olympic Silver Medalist Jeff Demps

Jeff Demps signed with New England after returning home from the London Olympics with a silver medal in the 4x100 relay. (Photo courtesy of John David Mercer/US PRESSWIRE)

Olympian Jeff Demps is going from England to New England.

The former Florida Gator running back and current member of the USA Olympic track team signed with the New England Patriots Friday, according to an ESPN report.

Apparently he wanted to remain patriotically decked out in the red, white and blue.

Although he did not compete in the finals, Demps received a silver medal for the USA’s finish in the 4×100-meter relay for running in the preliminary qualifying round. As the first leg, he helped set an American record in the event with a time of 37.38 seconds.

Widely considered one of the fastest players in college football, the 5-foot-7 Demps rushed for over 2,400 yards in his career at Florida. He finished his senior year with the Gators with 569 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

But Demps’ biggest impact in the NFL may be in the return game. He averaged 28.8 yards-per-return on kickoffs over his four years, including a 99-yard touchdown against Georgia last season.

The Patriots could use the help. New England ranked 29th in kickoff return average with zero touchdowns in 2011.

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