Continuing our roster bubble series, we look at safety Quintin Demps.
Demps joined the Texans first in 2010 after spending his first two seasons in Philadelphia. He played three years for the Texans between 2010-2012 before spending the next two seasons in Kansas City and New York for the Giants. He returned to the Texans last season.
This year the competition for spots at safety will be fierce. Andre Hal has moved from corner to safety, filling one of the starting spots; but there are plenty of competitors in Antonio Allen, free agent from the Jets, KJ Dillon, 2016 fifth round pick, third year player Lonnie Ballentine and more for the other one. So Demps could be the odd man out at safety.
Last season Demps appeared in 14 games, making a career high 61 tackles. He recorded half a sack, notched six passes defended, forced a fumble and recovered another. His interceptions went down from from four each of the previous two seasons to one last year.
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One of the ways that he made teams in the past was his abilities as a kickoff returner. His rookie season for the Eagles he returned 52 kickoffs for over 1300 yards and scored a touchdown. After that his numbers in that department went down significantly until 2013, in which he had 33 kickoff returns for the resurgent Chiefs, also scoring a touchdown.
Demps turns 31 this month, so in a young man’s game he might be phased out in favor of some of the younger guys on the roster. He’s been a journeyman his whole career and might be making another stop after training camp. He was a fourth round pick out of UTEP in 2008 and entering his ninth year in the league, so overall he’s had a respectable career.
But for someone who hasn’t played consecutive seasons with the same team since he did so with the Texans in 2011-2012, there is a more than decent chance he’ll be looking for a new team in August.