Dennard recently underwent a minor scope on his knee, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. The team knew that Dennard may have required further treatment on his knee when it signed him in March, so this news isn't quite a surprise. The procedure shouldn't have an impact on his outlook for 2019, as the Bengals are hopeful that Dennard can return for mandatory minicamp in mid-June. The Michigan State product had a solid 2018 season, racking up 68 tackles (54 solo) and forcing two fumbles.
The Bengals re-signed Dennard on Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. The two sides agreed to terms of a contract shortly after a report that the Bengals and Chiefs, among other teams, were inquiring about Dennard's services. With an increased snap count the last two seasons, he averaged 5.3 tackles per game while accumulating two interceptions (one pick-six), two sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 29 appearances. Expect Dennard to return to his role manning slot corner in Cincinnati.
Dennard has garnered interest from the Bengals, Chiefs and one more team as an unrestricted free agent, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Not coincidentally, Dennard's most productive seasons have come with an increased snap count. Receiving 78.5 of those on defense in 2017 and 59.8 percent last year with the Bengals, he notched 153 tackles, two interceptions (one pick-six), two sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery across 29 games. Wherever he lands, Dennard is a good bet to start considering the teams interested in his services.
Dennard recorded 68 tackles (54 solo), six passes defensed and two forced fumbles in 13 games in 2018. Dennard tied his career high in passes defensed, though he didn't secure any interceptions this season. While not one of the league's dominant corners, the 2014 first-round pick is a decent starter and likely will see a similar role with Cincinnati once again in 2019.
Dennard (collarbone) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game at Baltimore, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Dennard returned to practice this week for the first time since suffering the sternoclavicular injury Week 6 against the Steelers. The 27-year-old could be in line for a heavy workload with Dre Kirkpatrick in the concussion protocol and questionable for Sunday; otherwise Dennard will resume his usual duties at nickelback.
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