Contract Talk: Quintin Demps
Patrick D. Starr
In this series we are going to look at the potential free agents of the Houston Texans, and figure out if they work into the plans for the coming years….
One of the bright spots for the Houston Texans despite not being a starter, and it is guys like Quintin Demps that made the Texans a playoff team. Since coming into the NFL in 2008, Demps had made his living returning kicks for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fast forward to 2010 Demps was signed by the Texans in 2010 to replace Jesse Nading who was placed on injured reserve. Only appearing in 2 games in 2010 for the Texans, Demps impressed enough and was invited back to camp for 2011.
Demps was a victim of the numbers game during camp and actually lost his roster spot to Dominique Barber. After Barber was lost for the season, the Texans elected to promote Shiloh Keo from the practice squad. It wasn't until when Danieal Manning fractured his leg that the Texans came looking for his help.
Demps was actually worked out for numerous teams and was passed on, but when he rejoined the team in week 8, his play was better than expected. His play was so good it even got an apology from Head Coach Gary Kubiak for cutting him before the season. After Manning came back healthy, backup safety Troy Nolan had an ankle injury which kept him out for the remainder of the season, but Demps was there to fill in. In 9 games Demps had 23 total tackles, with 2 interceptions and 4 pass deflections.
What Demps brings to the table, is not only a defensive player, but an adequate return man. Demps can help in so many different parts of the Texans team that his value is high to make the 53 man roster and it makes the roster deeper with talent. Also with Demps being a restricted free agent, it works in the Texans favor.
With that said, the Texans look like they have their safeties set in stone for the 2012 season with Danieal Manning, Troy Nolan, Shiloh Keo and Demps hanging on the roster. It is pretty clear he is valuable in the sense he can do so many different things for the Texans.
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