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Houston Texans Sign Safety/Kick-Returner Quintin Demps

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Do you remember Quintin Demps? He was with the Texans from 2010 through 2012, and now he's back. Word has it that he flashed at practice today. Join the conversation at Battle Red Blog.

We meet again...
We meet again...
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Veteran safety and kick-returner Quintin Demps was signed by the Texans to a veteran minimum contract.

Demps was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.  He was waived in 2010, and then signed with the Houston Texans when they placed Jesse Nading on the Reserve/Injured list.  In 2011, Houston cut Demps in September, only to re-sign him in late October when Danieal Manning suffered a broken leg.  Demps later signed a multi-year contract with the Texans in 2012.  He played with Kansas City in 2013 and was with the New York Giants for the 2014 season.

Houston has now added three former defensive backs from the New York Giants: Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps and Charles James II.  Could the arrival of Demps be a signal that Keshawn Martin is at risk as a return specialist?  Does it confirm the foreshadowing comments by Charles James in last nights' episode of "Hard Knocks" when he warned undrafted rookie Corey Moore that he would be cut if he didn't get it together?  Perhaps a bit of both?  There's also concern that Lonnie Ballentine has been injured and missing time.  I'm sure the picture will become clear soon.

The news from practice today suggests that Demps flashed quite well in his first day back with the Texans.

Demps' career stats include: 80 games, 183 tackles, 1 sack, 29 passes defended, and 11 interceptions.  8 of those interceptions were in the last two seasons: 4 with the Chiefs, and 4 with the Giants.  As a returner, he has 108 returns with a 26.7-yard average and 2 touchdowns.

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