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Bucs notes: Last chance for Demps to make impression

— On a night of rest for Tampa Bay’s starters, RB Jeff Demps worked overtime.

The former University of Florida standout saw extensive action against the Redskins in his final chance to impress coaches and earn a place on the 53-man roster.

Demps carried the ball on eight of Tampa Bay’s 22 first-half snaps, but gained only 17 yards behind a second-string offensive line that failed to carve open holes.

Bucs coach Lovie Smith often touts Demps as the fastest player in the NFL, but all that speed may not be enough to survive Saturday’s cutdown deadline. Demps opened the third quarter with an 8-yard run off right tackle, but Washington swarmed over him on subsequent carries.

Another former Gator, rookie WR Solomon Patton, has emerged as Tampa Bay’s primary kick returner. That leaves Demps fighting for a spot in a crowded backfield, but he flashed his quickness midway through the third quarter with a 37-yard kickoff return.

Extra points

Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford missed the game while recovering from an undisclosed medical procedure. ... Backup QB Mike Glennon played only one series for Tampa Bay before he was lifted for Mike Kafka. ... Former Bucs QB Doug Williams, who led the 1987 Redskins to a Super Bowl rout of Denver, attended Thursday night’s game in his new role as a personnel executive with Washington. ... During team introductions, 30 participants from the Citrus Park Bills youth football team helped welcome the team to the field. Following the national anthem, individuals from the Wesley Chapel Cowboys, New Tampa Wildcats, Clearwater Junior Tornadoes and Zephyrhills Bulldawgs served as honorary coin toss captains. ... On Oct. 12, fans can join the Bucs in the fight against breast cancer before the team faces the Ravens at Raymond James Stadium. Registration is open for the Treasure Chests 5k Run/Walk & Corporate Challenge, a community event aimed at raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

Ira Kaufman

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