Kennard recorded four tackles (three solo) and two sacks across 64 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the 49ers. Kennard continues to impress amongst an otherwise dismal Detroit defense, as the former-Giant has now logged three sacks on the season. He played in 100 percent of the defensive snaps and will likely continue to see a heavy workload as long as the high production comes with it.
Kennard posted six total tackles (four solo) and a sack in Monday's loss to the Jets. While the Lions defense as a whole struggled to start the 2018 season, Kennard was very impressive in his Detroit debut after four seasons with the Giants. Kennard had a late start to training camp after being placed on the NFI for nearly a week, but the linebacker avoided a slow start to the season and played all but two of the Lions' defensive snaps Monday.
The Lions activated Kennard (undisclosed) off the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Kennard signed a three-year pact with the Lions in March after recording between 41 and 61 tackles during each of his first four years in the league with the Giants. He's expected to fill the starting left outside linebacker spot for the Lions in 2018 and can now get to work following a delayed start to camp.
Kennard (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Kennard was available for most of spring workouts without mention of any injury. The reasoning for his placement on the NFI list thus isn't clear, though those familiar with his situation indicated that the linebacker will be ready to go prior to the start of the regular season. In Kennard's absence, Christian Jones and Jonathan Freeny figure to get extended reps with the first-team defense.
Kennard and the Lions have reached agreement on a three-year, $18.75 million contract, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. A 2014 fifth-round selection, Kennard landed between 41 and 61 tackles each of his four seasons with the Giants, adding 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 52 games. He has experience both rushing the passer and dropping into coverage, potentially making him a strong fit at outside linebacker as the Lions transition to more 3-4 looks under new head coach Matt Patricia.
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