Bucs give up on 'fastest man in the NFL'

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers apparently have given up on one of their biggest projects.

Former Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps was released from the practice squad Monday. Coach Lovie Smith had repeatedly called Demps "the fastest man in the NFL" and the Bucs had visions of him filling a role, like Darren Sproles. While Demps' legs were his strength, his hands might have been his downfall. He struggled to catch passes in the preseason. Apparently, he wasn't showing any improvement.

The Bucs also released wide receiver Kevin Cone from the practice squad. The Bucs filled the two spots on the practice squad by signing fullback Lonnie Pryor and defensive end George Uko.