Lessons from Bengals’ veteran corners have been “helpful” for Dennard

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At some point, rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard is likely to have a major role in the Bengals’ secondary. Such is the probability when a first-round pick like Dennard enters any position group.

And as Dennard learns the NFL game, it appears his veteran teammates are helping him along.

In a recent interview with SpartanDigest.com, Dennard noted that the Bengals’ more experienced cornerbacks — a group that includes four former first-round picks — have been sharing pointers with him.

“Me having them to talk to after you make a mistake on the field, you plant wrong or do this wrong instead of doing this, having guys watching and critiquing you is really helpful for me,” said Dennard, according to Mike Wilson on SpartanDigest.com.

Three Bengals cornerbacks — Leon Hall, Adam Jones and Terence Newman — have at least seven prior seasons of NFL play to their credit. Like Dennard, all three cornerbacks came into the league as first-rounders. In short, it’s a unique learning environment for Dennard — and a potentially rich one, especially if the veterans are willing to teach their lessons learned.

17 responses to “Lessons from Bengals’ veteran corners have been “helpful” for Dennard

  1. I would have thought the most important lesson he – or any young football player – could learn from that group is how not to behave off the field from TAFKA Pacman.

  2. He didn’t forget Dre. He said four former first rounders. Dre just don’t have anything to add to the conversation yet.
    And that’s a hopeful yet, from a bengals fan

  3. nattination says: Jun 21, 2014 8:42 PM

    He didn’t forget Dre. He said four former first rounders. Dre just don’t have anything to add to the conversation yet.
    And that’s a hopeful yet, from a bengals fan
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    Corners and receivers need three years. It’s year three for Kirkpatrick.

  4. Everyone bags on Dre, but I would give him a little more time. He basically missed his first year injured and still had three legit corners in front of him. When others were injured Dre did get a pick 6 off Joe 120 and a pick off Rivers. Not great, but at least it’s a start. Now if he has another year of just a few nice flashes, maybe then it might be time to hang the bust label on him. However, now is not that time.

  5. “Me having them to talk to after you make a mistake on the field, you plant wrong……”

    How long has this guy been playing corner?

  6. Not only that, but that pick was a strip/pick from Antonio Gates in the 4th quarter that game against the Chargers.

    Not to mention the 2 against Flacco, one of which for a touchdown. He has flashed potential, just not enough of it. It’ll either be a positive or a negative that Dennard is pushing him. I’m hoping it’ll push him into that CB of the future level and him and Dennard can be our new J Joe/Leon Hall, EXCEPT we actually keep them together.

    Leon Hall struggled his first few seasons as well. Somewhat similar coming out of college when compared to Kirk. I think he may be fine. But if not, not completely unexpected.

  7. Dre made plays when given the shot at the end of last year when Newman was hurt. He will be fine. Soon enough he, hall, and Dennard will be top 3 corners. But it’s hard to overtake Newman and packman.

  8. They didn’t leave out Dre Kirk, everybody knows he’ll be in a vikings uniform in a month. Zimmer is the man ! Thank you skol vikes

  9. Big ten rookies seem to take a while to develop in the NFL. But Ive watched Dennard play in college. He will learn fast from the vets. Very smart, physical, fast player.

  10. I think Dennard is a steal but too early to know.

    As for Dre, the guy has hardly had a chance to play and has to knock the rust off. If he fixes his issue with biting on the double-move, I’m not sure what else he does wrong.

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