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Draft Scout Darqueze Dennard News
09/03/14 - CB Darqueze Dennard (hip) was limited in practice Wednesday, making it questionable whether he will make his NFL debut in Sunday's opener at Baltimore.
08/17/14 - Rookie CB Darqueze Dennard, the team's first-round pick, left Saturday's game with a hip injury.
08/10/14 - CB Darqueze Dennard continues to impress. Head coach Marvin Lewis called him the best rookie cornerback he's ever seen prior to the preseason opener. Against the Chiefs, Dennard played 67 percent of the snaps and recorded three tackles, including a sack.
05/12/14 - CB Dennard gives Bengals Hall clone...Lewis doesn't expect Dennard to come in and start, but knows he couldn't ask for a more veteran room to help mold his maturity. "I've had exposure to him a couple times in person, and you're impressed with him and how he carries himself and handles himself," he said. "Now he's got to step in here, and he's coming into a room that's a very talented room. He's got to go in there and he's got to compete for playing time. All he does is make our football team better. We've got some guys who have played great football and they're not willing to give up their spots. He's going to have to come in here and work his tail off, and I think he can do that. I also think he can contribute on special teams. He's a guy that really has a chance to enhance what we do on Sundays." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - CB Dennard gives Bengals Hall clone...Coaches stressed Dennard's character as a captain and leader at Michigan State. His technique and decision-making brought out reminders of a player everyone in the defensive room was familiar with. "When we worked him out, (co-defensive backs coach) Vance (Joseph) and I said, 'That's Leon Hall,'" defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. "He's technique-sound; he does what he's asked to do," All the coaches at Michigan State rave about the guy. He always takes the extra step to do things the right way. That's the kind of guy we want around here." During his senior campaign Dennard won the Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the country and was a finalist of the top defensive player in the nation. He had 118 passes targeted at him, allowing just 18 of those to be completed.
Dennard totaled 167 tackles and 30 passes defended (10 interceptions, 20 pass break-ups) in 44 career games, including 40 starts, 29 consecutive to close out career. He will begin a youth movement at cornerback where their top three corners will all cross the 30-year-old threshold by the end of next season. Terence Newman is 35, Adam Jones 30 and Hall 29 coming off his second Achilles injury in three years. This marks the fourth time Lewis selected a cornerback in the first round. He also took Johnathan Joseph (2006), Leon Hall (2007) and Dre Kirkpatrick (2012) there. The Bengals also believe Dennard can play in the slot as a nickel corner. That will be particularly helpful since current fourth corner Kirkpatrick wasn't as well suited to play inside. - The Sports Xchange