SARASOTA, Fla. -- As the Arizona Cardinals try to figure out what to do at outside linebacker for the long term, they’ve been restocking their roster to prepare for Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay.
One move was to promote rookie linebacker Kenny Demens from the practice squad. Arizona coach Bruce Arians announced the move Tuesday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio and the Cardinals made it official Wednesday.
Demens is an undersized backer (6-foot-1, 242 pounds) who flew through training camp relatively unknown. He was a surprise to make it through final cuts in late August but was released Sept. 1, only to be re-signed to the Cards’ practice squad on Sept. 3.
I reached out to my colleague in Detroit, Lions reporter Michael Rothstein, who covered Demens at the University of Michigan, for a scouting report.
Here’s what Rothstein had to say:
“Kenny Demens was a silently productive player in college at Michigan. He never got a lot of attention because he rarely did anything flashy, but he helped run the Wolverines' defense his last two seasons in Ann Arbor. In college he always appeared better against the run than the pass, although by the end of his senior season, Michigan would occasionally line him up against slot receivers or tight ends based on coverage. He doesn't have great size, but he can move fairly well from sideline to sideline, at least as a college player.”