Outside of slapping the franchise tag on defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder), Kennard was Detroit's biggest free-agent splash of the offseason on defense. He was almost exclusively used as a pass rusher in his first year with the Lions, and he consequently collected a career high in sacks -- though he only notched two sacks in his final 10 games after piling up five in the first five games. Under contract for another two seasons, Kennard will look to improve his consistency in 2019 for a team that could realistically be without Ansah's services.
Kennard participated in practice all week in a limited fashion. He'll return to his starting role at outside linebacker and will be tasked with slowing down Vikings running back Dalvin Cook while blitzing quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has been sacked 34 times in 14 games.
Kennard (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Kennard was limited in practice all week, making his status for Week 16's divisional tilt truly murky. If the starting linebacker were to miss any time, Eli Harold would benefit from increased defensive snaps.
Kennard (hip) is active for Sunday's tilt against the Bills.
Kennard was forced to sit out last week due to the minor hip injury, but he'll return Sunday as he projects to start at outside linebacker across from Christian Jones.
|2014||New York Giants||12||43||35.0||8||4.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2015||New York Giants||9||58||37.0||21||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2016||New York Giants||16||61||40.0||21||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2017||New York Giants||15||41||24.0||17||4||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2014||New York Giants||12||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Giants||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Giants||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||New York Giants||15||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|