Marvin Lewis talks up first-round pick Darqueze Dennard

AP

The Bengals are listing rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard as a third-stringer on their depth chart, but make no mistake: Coach Marvin Lewis is expecting big things from Dennard this season.

In fact, Lewis says he’s never seen a cornerback look so good, so soon, as Dennard has looked in training camp.

The best rookie corner I’ve seen,” Lewis told Dan Hoard, the Bengals’ radio voice.

The Bengals have good depth at cornerback with veterans Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick, but if Dennard is as good as Lewis says he is, he’ll be a starter as a rookie. No matter what the current depth chart says.