BANGOR – University of Maine football alum and Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Jamil Demby is back in town this week training for his third season on an NFL roster.
This offseason, it is the same Jamil Demby, with a new and improved look. The former Black Bear is hungry to prove himself in the upcoming NFL season. “Last year, I got as lean as I can because I knew I was going to play a bunch of positions, but now I’m just building back on a good foundation to get strong, get beefier,” said Demby.
The uncertainty of the NFL season has not sidelined Demby trying to get himself in the best shape possible. That training includes his annual return to Maine, training with Queen City Athletics owner Shawn Demaray, a former UMaine football coach that recruited him to Orono more than six years ago. “Before, I was telling him, he had a little bit skinnier arms, he was bigger in the midsection, now he’s got those big broad shoulders, those big arms, he’s got that tapered look, he looks like an athlete, a giant athlete,” said Demaray.
After his best pro season yet, he has been left to prepare for year three on his own, but as he will tell you, solitude is not a bad thing for Demby. “Some people love getting in work with a trainer…but, for me, I know I can get that same intensity with the right people in my corner,” said Demby.
The summer season has not only been focused on physical growth for Demby. His time in the league so far has taught him to value mental strength as well. “You can be as physically dominant as you want but if you’re not there mentally, you’re not going to be able to sustain or grow the way you want in the National Football League,” said Demby.
Demby and the rest of the Los Angeles Rams are due to report to a modified training camp on July 28, and when they do, he will not be the only Black Bear in Los Angeles this year. The Rams signed record breaking skill player Earnest Edwards as an undrafted free agent. “Somewhere deep down inside, I felt like he was destined to come out to LA, we’ve been chopping it up and I’m excited and I know he’s definitely going to make some noise for sure,” said Demby.