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 persons 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.
Kennard recorded 41 tackles (24 solo), four sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery in 15 games throughout his 2017 campaign.
Kennard's services were used on both defense and special teams by the Giants for the fourth consecutive season, though his 41 tackles marked a career low in a single campaign. The 26-year-old outside linebacker will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so he may find himself somewhere other than New York in 2018.
Kennard (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Chiefs.
Kennard will slot back into his starting strong-side linebacker position after missing Week 10's matchup with the 49ers. His stat line this season hasn't been too impressive, with just 23 tackles (12 solo) and one sack, leaving him off most fantasy radars.
|P3||8/24/18||@ TB||8:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|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|