EDGE David Kenney
The Buccaneers have multiple feel-good stories including an honorable mention to the list Kahzin Daniels, but former Illinois State standout David Kenney has a chance to make some noise this training camp after being out of football for a year. Struggling with off-the-field issues for most of his collegiate career, Kenney looks to get a clean slate with the Buccaneers as he presses on towards a roster spot.
Originally going to college at Indiana University, Kenney was dismissed from the team before enrolling at Illinois State to play out the rest of his career. Instead he was dismissed from the Redbirds after just one season there as well; in his one season with ISU, he tallied one sack and four solo tackles.
"“He is a cool story because he has been out of football since 2015… He is from [Indianapolis, Indiana] and worked out up there and was able to get himself in shape and earn a try out and impressed at the tryout. He is still right there on the bubble to even be talked about to make the 53, but he has really been a cool story who has gotten consistent praise from the coaches” (Greg Auman via The Pewter Plank)."
At a tryout with the Buccaneers this spring, Kenney made sure to turn heads, landing a spot on the 90 man roster as he heads to training camp. Good news for Kenney as well: the Buccaneers are looking for depth off the edge after the injury to Jason Pierre-Paul.
While it is still too early to tell, the Buccaneers only have four viable pass rushers, and that is including Noah Spence who could be on his last leg in Tampa Bay. If Kenney comes into camp and wreaks havoc, a spot on the final 53-man roster could be a realistic possibility for him.