Denver Broncos 2014 Training Camp Profile: Kenny Anunike

By Tylor Walden
Kenny Anunike
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The Denver Broncos are in the stages of creating a defense that can cause havoc on the quarterback. John Elway has done a solid job at signing and drafting talent that will help with that defensive mindset. While the Broncos have solid players in Demarcus Ware and Von Miller who can get to the quarterback, you can never have enough pass rushers. Enter Duke University defensive end Kenny Anunike.

Anunike is an offensive player who transitioned to defense during his football career. He started out as a tight end but made the switch to defensive end during the 2010 season. He spent most of his college career on the bench due to his injury history. However, when he did get his chance to play, he made the most of it. He racked up quite a few snaps as he recorded over a thousand as a reserve player. Whenever he took the field, he became an emotional leader and brought toughness to the defense. Despite going through so many injuries, he never gave up and continued to push himself to overcome those injuries.

Even though he has an injury history, he has a lot of potential and there had to be a reason why the Broncos took their chances and signed him as an UDFA. I believe that he could become a dark horse to make the roster because of his ability to get to the quarterback. The Broncos are a team that can use depth at pass rusher because of the injury history that was shown last season. He won’t start right away, but Anunike will look to contribute on defense no matter how many snaps he records.

With all of the injuries that he went through during his time in college, that alone could cause some concern for Broncos fans later on down the road. But with how deep the team is right now, this will give Anunike a chance to be at 100 percent before he looks to become the next face of the team’s “Orange Crush” defense for years to come. He has the raw talent, and as long as he can overcome the challenges that his various injuries have given him, there will be a bright future for him.

 Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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