The Cincinnati Bengals have been happy thus far with the performance of first-round pick Darqueze Dennard. Though he's yet to play in a regular season game, Dennard has impressed the coaches with how well he's transitioning to the NFL.
However, he's now learning how to deal with a significant injury in the NFL. Dennard is dealing with a hip injury that held him out of practice for most of this week, though he did participate in a limited fashion during Friday's session. Still, Marvin Lewis revealed that Dennard will likely be out Sunday vs. the Arizona Cardinals.
The selection of Dennard addressed a major need for Cincinnati, as injuries and lack of depth have plagued the team in recent seasons. Leon Hall has now injured both Achilles tendons, two years apart.
Adam Jones has been very solid, but he's expected to play corner a bit less this year in hopes of getting him on the return teams more. On top of that, Terence Newman is aging, and Dre Kirkpatrick has battled injuries that have prevented his NFL career from kicking off.
Dennard gives the depth to the cornerback position that the Bengals desperately need, and he will look to compete for starting time in his rookie season.