Bob Solorio

Denver Broncos Sign Linebacker Darnell Sankey, Waive Long Snapper Nathan Theus

The Denver Broncos made a couple of roster moves just two days in advance of training camp, altering two of the expected positional battles.

Just a couple of days before the start of camp, the Denver Broncos have made a pair of roster moves.

This morning, Denver signed undrafted rookie linebacker Darnell Sankey. Sankey was a difference maker at defensive end, linebacker, and even fullback for the Sacramento State Hornets of the Big Sky Conference. To make room on the roster, the Broncos also waived undrafted long snapper Nathan Theus.

In his first two years as a defensive end, Sankey notched seven sacks, six of them coming in a sophomore year that earned him an All-Big Sky honorable mention.

http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1688594-mhh-premium-how-you-can-s...Despite the success, Sankey switched gears his junior year, moving to linebacker. In his first nine games at the position, he racked up 99 tackles, two more sacks, and an interception. At fullback, he carried the ball six times, scoring twice.

Finally, during his senior year, Sankey totaled a blistering 153 tackles, along with 3.5 sacks and five passes defensed.

The addition of Darnell Sankey gives the Broncos a total of three former Hornets on the roster (Todd Davis and Lars Hanson), as well as two coaches (Greg Knapp and Clancy Barone).

One training camp battle has already been decided before it began, as the waiving of Theus effectively guarantees the long-snapping duties to Casey Kreiter, who was signed earlier this offseason after spending two preseasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

Sankey will add competition of his own as he is thrown into the mix for inside linebacker depth along with players like Zaire AndersonCorey Nelson, and Davis, his now reunited teammate.

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Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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