Dennard racked up 85 tackles, two sacks, six pass breakups, two interceptions and one touchdown over 16 games in 2017.
Dennard has mostly underperformed since the Bengals selected him in the first round of the 2014 draft. However, it looked like he finally turned the corner of his professional career in 2017, ultimately earning Pro Football Focus' 23rd-highest grade among cornerbacks (out of 120 qualifiers). Furthermore, his 85 tackles were tied for 13th among all defensive backs, placing him right on the IDP radar ahead of the 2018 season.
Dennard finished the season with 85 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions, with that one touchdown from Week 17. The Bengals relied on the 2014 first-round pick out of Michigan State a lot more than they had in his previous three seasons, as he played more snaps on defense (901) than in his previous three years combined.
Dennard (knee) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Dennard did not practice Wednesday but was able to finish the week as a full participant. The 26-year-old should see an increased role against the Vikings with Dre Kirkpatrick already ruled out with a concussion.
Dennard (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Packers.
Dennard missed practice the first two days of the week, but returned Friday and was given a "questionable" designation leading up to the Week 14 matchup. He's now set to take the field, continuing his streak of playing in every game this season.
Dennard (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Dennard has played all 12 games this season, accruing 67 tackles, two sacks, five pass breakups and one interception. If Dennard can't play, it will seriously cripple a secondary that will already be without starters Adam Jones (groin) and Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion).
|3||9/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|