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Leon Hall, Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard are competing against each other for significant playing time, if not a few starting gigs. Dennard talks about his approach toward the competition.

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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard spoke momentarily with the Bengals media this week. Dennard, one of several players fighting to become a starter -- or at the very least a significant contributor -- is facing off against Leon Hall, Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick. NOTE: I figure we should include Hall, who might become more of a roaming defensive back as opposed to a player caught into one position. Here are a few comments from the latest interview via a video posted on Bengals.com:

On competition for vacancies in the secondary:

Darqueze Dennard interview

On how much his approached changed now that he's competing for a starting gig in the secondary.

Dennard interview quotes

Dennard also changed his diet during the offseason, dropping nearly 10 pounds and telling Bengals.com that, "I feel more explosive. I feel more fluid in my breaks, coming into my breaks, and just playing - I feel more comfortable."

Dennard and the Bengals have already concluded mandatory minicamp early Thursday afternoon, initiating a vacation that will last until July 31 when the team reports for training camp.