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Buccaneers activate Jeff Demps; Luke Stocker to injured reserve

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Jeff Demps finally makes it to the Buccaneers' active roster as they put Luke Stocker on injured reserve

Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have activated running back/kick returner Jeff Demps. The former Florida Gator has been practicing with the Buccaneers for two weeks under a roster exemption after spending most of the year running at track events. Demps won an Olympic gold medal as a part of the U.S. 4x100m team.

Demps is likely to play as the Bucs' kick returner if he can stick to the team and might be able to add something to the offense, but the fact that he's missed all of the offseason will limit his usefulness for the Bucs. Eric Page has been the kick returner so far this offseason.

To create room for Demps the Buccaneers put Luke Stocker on injured reserve. The tight end has struggled with injuries for most of his career and hasn't been able to contribute much in the passing game. He was the Bucs' starting tight end, however, and they don't have much depth behind him. Tom Crabtree is still struggling with a high ankle sprain, although there's a decent chance he can play against the Arizona Cardinals.

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