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Leon Hall back at practice
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Bengals cornerback Leon Hall was back at practice on Thursday, ESPN reported. Hall tore his Achilles last season. 

"Mentally, it's easier the second time," Hall said about coming back from an injury again. "Not even close. I mean, the first time going into my goal was to come back for training camp, and I felt I could achieve that goal, but obviously I was going into it blind. I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what to do as opposed to this second time."

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Leon Hall expected to participate at start of camp
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he anticipates cornerback Leon Hall practicing when training camp opens Thursday, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hall is currently on the PUP list; he's coming back from his second torn Achilles in three years.

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Geno Atkins, Leon Hall highlight sidelined Bengals
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

As the Bengals prepare to open training camp this week, they placed nine players on the Physically Unable to Perform list and another three on the Non-Football Injury list. All 12 players can come off both lists at any time. 

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (knee), cornerback Leon Hall (Achilles), guard Clint Boling (knee), linebacker Marquis Flowers (hamstring), punter Kevin Huber (neck), receiver Colin Lockett (hamstring), defensive tackle Zach Minter (back), defensive tackle Devon Still (back) and receiver Ryan Whalen (hamstring) all were placed on PUP. 

In addition to receiver Marvin Jones (ankle), who might not be seriously hurt, the Bengals placed cornerback Onterio McCalebb (ankle) and quarterback AJ McCarron (shoulder) on their NFI list. 

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Darqueze Dennard might not play so soon
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Fantasy owners might have to wait, potentially a long time, to see large stat contributions from Darqueze Dennard . The fit is pretty good with the Bengals, who have long assembled a cornerback army to help against opposing offenses. But Dennard's rise to the starting lineup is blocked with veterans like Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick. The coaches even compared Dennard's game to Hall's, who has been the best Bengals corner for a while.

In time, those guys will clear out and Dennard will play a bunch, but until then his stats won't be great. We'd pass on Dennard in seasonal leagues and would spend only a late-round pick on him in dynasty/keeper formats. He's only worth a late-round pick in rookie-only drafts, too.

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Bengals draft Darqueze Dennard at No. 24
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

With the No. 24 pick in the NFL Draft, the Bengals selected cornerback Darqueze Dennard from Michigan State.

Dennard is 5-foot-11, 199 pounds. The Bengals already have Terence Newman and Leon Hall at cornerback, but Dennard could compete for a starting spot right away, especially with Hall coming off an Achilles injury last season. He will make the Bengals defense and Bengals DST better in 2014. 

Dennard was the 2013 Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back, and he finished his career at Michigan State with 10 interceptions in 40 starts.

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Schedule
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2007Cincinnati Bengals166854.01405163.212012
2008Cincinnati Bengals167561.014038729.050124
2009Cincinnati Bengals167158.01306477.826024
2010Cincinnati Bengals164433.01104194.822011
2011Cincinnati Bengals93229.0302157.51507
2012Cincinnati Bengals143824.014026130.544112
2013Cincinnati Bengals52014.060100.0005
TOTAL92348273.07502324510.750295
Kick Returns
YearTeamGNoYdsAvgLgTD40+
2007Cincinnati Bengals1600---000
2008Cincinnati Bengals16111.0100
2009Cincinnati Bengals1612222.02200
2010Cincinnati Bengals1612929.02900
2011Cincinnati Bengals900---000
2012Cincinnati Bengals1400---000
2013Cincinnati Bengals500---000
TOTAL9235217.32900
Punt Returns
YearTeamGRetFCRet YdsAvgLgTD20+
2007Cincinnati Bengals16000---000
2008Cincinnati Bengals1630165.31200
2009Cincinnati Bengals16000---000
2010Cincinnati Bengals16000---000
2011Cincinnati Bengals9000---000
2012Cincinnati Bengals14000---000
2013Cincinnati Bengals5000---000
TOTAL9230165.31200
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2007Cincinnati Bengals1600100000
2008Cincinnati Bengals1600001010
2009Cincinnati Bengals1600200000
2010Cincinnati Bengals1600200000
2011Cincinnati Bengals9000011010
2012Cincinnati Bengals1400000000
2013Cincinnati Bengals500000000
TOTAL92005021020
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