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|Los Angeles Chargers||1||4||4||0||0||0|
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First-round 2014 draft selection now serves as Bengals' primary nickel DB ... Considered a versatile defender who can play outside or in the slot, Dennard over his career has started games at both RCB and LCB, in addition to his regular position of nickel DB ... Also considered one of the best tacklers on the Bengals' defense, Dennard finished fourth on the team in tackles (67) in 2018, despite missing three games due to sternoclavicular injury ... Also had six PDs, two FFs and a FR.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2014 NFL Draft (24th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 6-12-14 ... Bengals exercised the option to extend contract by one year through 2018 on 4-28-17...Signed with Cincinnati on 3-25-19.
2018 highlights: Played in 13 games with nine starts (six at nickel DB, three at LCB) ... Suffered sternoclavicular injury on Oct. 14 vs. Pittsburgh, and missed the next three contests (Games 7-9) ... Finished fourth on the defense with 67 tackles ... Tied for team lead with two FFs ... Led the team in tackles on Dec. 16 vs. Oakland with eight, also had a PD, FF, and FR ... Recovered his own forced fumble vs. Raiders and set Bengals up with good field position, which lead to a Randy Bullock FG and 17-0 Cincinnati lead.
Previous seasons: 2014—Played in 14 games (Games 2-7 and 9-16) as a rookie, and also played in Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis ... Inactive for Games 1 (hip) and 8 (hamstring) ... Logged seven tackles on defense (one TFL) in regular season ... Made NFL debut on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta on special teams, with one tackle ... Played on defense for first time on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, and logged two tackles, including a three-yard sack of Jake Locker ... Led team with two special teams tackles on Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-5-15 at Indianapolis, had two tackles on defense and forced a fumble by RB Daniel Herron.
2015—Played in Games 1-10, but placed Nov. 27 on Reserve/Injured list, due to shoulder injury suffered in his first career start, Nov. 22 at Arizona ... On Oct 4 vs. Kansas City, helped fill the void from injury to Adam Jones, logging a season-best six tackles, plus a third-down PD in fourth quarter ... Recorded first career INT on Oct. 18 at Buffalo with a leaping grab of an E.J. Manuel pass in the second quarter, and he returned it 10 yards to Buffalo 45.
2016—Played in Games 2-16, with three starts ... Had 41 tackles and a PD, as well as six special teams tackles ... Team-high six tackles in start Sept. 29 vs. Miami, replacing injured Dre Kirkpatrick ... Personal season-high of eight tackles Nov. 27 at Baltimore.
2017—Played in 16 games, with six starts (two each at RCB, LCB and nickel DB) ... Second among defenders in snaps played (899 of 1146), while also playing nearly a third of the Bengals' special teams snaps (149 of 450) ... Led secondary with 83 tackles on defense, and finished second on team ... Led team with two INTs ... Led secondary with two sacks ... Ranked fourth on team with six PDs ... Had 10 tackles on Sept. 24 at Green Bay, including a sack of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ... Had second 10-tackle game on Oct. 29 vs. Indianapolis ... Recorded INT on Nov. 12 at Tennessee, which led to a Cincinnati TD one play later in a one-score game ... On Dec. 31 at Baltimore, after Ravens reached Bengals' 22-yard line early in the third quarter, Dennard intercepted a pass from QB Joe Flacco and returned it 89 yards for a TD; Bengals ended up winning the one-score game, 31-27.
College: Played four seasons (2010-13) at Michigan State, playing 44 games with 40 starts ... Started 38 games over his final three seasons, and in 2013 he helped lead the Spartans to No. 1 national rankings in fewest yards allowed per game and lowest third-down conversion percentage ... USA Today first-team All-American as senior in '13, and was named winner of Thorpe Award, given annually to college football's top DB ... Totaled 167 career tackles, 10 INTs, 30 total PDs, three FFs, a FR and a blocked FG ... In 2013, became first MSU CB to earn first-team All-America since Harlon Barnett (Cincinnati native from Princeton High School) in 1989 ... First MSU player to win the Thorpe Award since its 1986 inception.
Personal: Hometown is Dry Branch, Ga. ... Lettered in football, basketball and track at Twiggs County High School (Jeffersonville, Ga.) ... Two-way player in prep football, seeing action at WR and CB ... Communications major at Michigan State ... First name is pronounced "dar-KWEZ" and last name is pronounced "deh-NARD."