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Kenny Demens - next man up?

Kenny Demens is an inside linebacker who sounds like he is taking advantage of the Daryl Washington void to push to make the roster.

He was undrafted in the 2013 draft.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Demens

According to Kenny Demen's wiki, he made the 53 man roster last year, but was then moved to the practice squad to create space for other players.

Source: http://arizonasports.com/40/1743548/Arizona-Cardinals-GM-Steve-Keim-Bobby-Massie-has-made-strides

According to the latest 'Keim Time' program (listen to the above podcast, 4:00mins in, for the audio), the order of the inside linebackers is Kevin Minter, Larry Foote, Kenny Demens, and then Lorenzo Alexander. Demens was mentioned ahead of Lorenzo Alexander. Ernie Sims was not mentioned by the GM.

It seems to me that Kenny Demens is another run-stuffing linebacker, but based on available information online that he may not be great in coverage, and doesn't possess elite speed.

Source: http://www.nfl.com/draft/2011/profiles/kenny-demens?id=2539969

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Versatile player who starts inside but can also play either outside linebacker spot due to his athleticism and instincts. Thick in the lower body, which helps him play with leverage against the run. Plays with a low pad level and good bend, gets low to take on guards and fullbacks and hold his ground. Strong upper body, as well, to securely wrap up ball carriers in the box. Punches and extends his arms to stay off lineman blocks, can move laterally to stand up backs in the hole. Reads his keys well to get into position to make a play. Three-down player with enough speed and physical nature to handle tight ends off the line, gives effort stay with them down the seam to affect the receiver’s vision. Moves well enough in zone to follow the quarterback’s eyes and get to the ball.

WEAKNESSES

Average height and pure straight-line speed for inside linebackers. Solid contributor, not really a big playmaker at the college level. Change of direction ability is not elite, man coverage outside the five-yard area against NFL receivers in the middle might be challenging for him. Flashes hands for the interception but hasn’t had many opportunities to prove their reliability.

Below are his statistics (mainly from pro day, he was injured at the combine)

Source: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=82450&draftyear=2013&genpos=ILB

Dates: 03/14/13
Height: 6005
Weight: 245
40 Yrd Dash: 4.82
20 Yrd Dash: 2.82
10 Yrd Dash: 1.69
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 26
Vertical Jump: 33 1/2
Broad Jump: 09'11"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.54
3-Cone Drill: 7.34

40 Time Range: 4.82-4.88

Below is some pre-season footage of Demens from last year. He is number 45.

1st Play: Shoots the gap, nearly a tackle for loss (1 yard gain) on a running play. Decisive play.

2nd Play: Spy's the QB, closes and pushes own teammate in the wash, falls back into coverage, closes to the QB for the sack. Seemed confused on this play.

3rd Play: Slides/ lateral running to the left, runs through the gap to trip the RB around the ankles. Makes the play but seems outmatched in speed. Decisive play.

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Based on all of the above, I believe Demens will be a name to watch out for at training camp. He may end up as 2nd string inside linebacker on the Depth chart, but if he makes it there I wouldn't be surprised to see him get some starting snaps this year. The guys seems hungry and I wish him all the best.

Demens may just be the next man up.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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