Posted Wed Aug 17th by Jon Heath
To help pass the time, we’re reviewing 31 players in 31 days (in alphabetical order) leading all the way up until Game Day on Monday, September 12th. Today’s player: defensive lineman Brodrick Bunkley.
Bunkley comes to Denver after playing the previous five seasons in Philadelphia. A former Florida State Seminole, Brodrick brings his 6-2, 306 pound body to the Broncos ready to plug some holes on the line.
Quick Facts/Stats (courtesy of the Denver Broncos):
- A sixth-year defensive tackle who played in at least 14 games in each of his first five NFL seasons with Philadelphia and totaled 262 tackles (146 solo), six sacks (25 yds.) and three fumble recoveries.
- Helped the Eagles rank fifth in the NFL in rushing defense (100.8 ypg) from 2007-10 when he was a regular starter for the club.
- Opened 47 regular-season games and four postseason contests in a three-year stretch from 2006-09.
- Posted 37 career tackles for a loss at Florida State University to rank fifth on the school’s all-time list, including 25 TFLs as a senior that set the school record and ranked second in the nation.
- Bench pressed 225 pounds 44 times at the 2006 NFL Combine in one of the top performances in the history of the event.
- Selected by the Eagles in the first round (14th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Quote ‘Em: “We have a ‘next-man-up’ philosophy, so Brodrick Bunkley and Kevin Vickerson will get an opportunity along with some others.” — Broncos Head Coach John Fox following the news that defensive tackles Marcus Thomas and Ty Warren would miss time due to injuries. (Via the Denver Post)
Hopefully Bunkley and Vickerson can stop the run better than Denver’s defensive line did last season. Otherwise, it will be another long season.