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Bengals1181
06-06-2014, 09:06 AM
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Darqueze Dennard, who has big plans for the kids back home, helped out Marvin Lewis' campers this week.




The kid’s name was Demetrius and he said he was in seventh grade. But Darqueze Dennard swore he looked about 15 and darn near the same size as him as they lined up across from each other at the Marvin Lewis Camp Tuesday night.

This was after Dennard taught the kids how to get into a stance and back pedal in such a way that they could read the quarterback’s evil gaze. And this was after Dennard put in a full day at his own camp, where the Bengals are asking him to play slot cornerback for the first time in his life.

Demetrius was going to get a prize if he caught a ball against the Bengals’ No. 1 draft pick and as sure as Marvin Lewis was there watching every one of his 340 campers, Dennard was going to let him catch it.

Until something clicked.

“It just happened,” Dennard said with a shrug. “I was thinking, it’s going to make me look really bad. I stuck my finger out there.”

Mark it down. Pass breakup.

“But then you looked at him after you broke it up,” needled sixth-rounder Marquis Flowers.

It was a good time out there at Lewis’ sixth annual camp this week at Paul Brown Stadium. Around these parts, Lewis putting on an event is like watching A.J. Green go over the middle or Johnny Cueto El Tiante-ing a changeup over the outside corner. You just sit back, watch, enjoy, and then tip your hat on the way out.

None of the kids paid a dime to attend and they came from such organizations earmarked to help at-risk youths as Boys Hope, Girls Hope, and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, along with a couple of youth football teams that are partners with Lewis’ foundation.

Not only that, Lewis grabbed about half his coaching staff to help him out. It’s a kick watching 6-5 defensive line coach Jay Hayes loom over kids that come up to his socks urging them on like he would Geno Atkins.

Not only that, a bunch of the rookies like Dennard, Flowers, Will Clarke and Dennard’s Michigan State teammate, Isaiah Lewis, actually took to the field and helped the teams get through their games. Dennard may have been invited to New York for the draft, but on this night he was drafted to lob passes to the kids screaming his name.

Not only that, in the middle of it all was Lewis, the head man himself. Some guys put their name on a camp and then helicopter out before the first whistle is blown. But here was Lewis remembering the girl who was all of about seven years old and 50 pounds who apparently ran like a hyperlink to the data on Monday night. On Tuesday night Lewis introduced Briana of Winton Woods to the camp and then mused into the microphone he needed his speed-crazed offensive coordinator to come out and watch.

It all got Dennard thinking a little bit when someone asked him if he had ever had an experience like the one Demetrius had. Turns out the only NFL player he came into contact with growing up in tiny Twiggs County in the middle of Georgia was family friend Tony Hollings, a running back who played 23 games a decade ago.

“The first camp I went to is when I worked one at Michigan State,” Dennard said. “It would be a great experience to work with a real NFL player. A lot of people don’t get that chance. You don’t know what affect you might have on a person. That’s how I always look at it. Just me saying, “Hey, you’re doing great,’ you don’t know what affect that has on his life.”

Dennard has a pretty good idea because he sees it in the blueprint of what he’d like to build in his county of about 10,000 people aimed at the kind of kids he hosted for a cookout as part of his draft bash last month.

“I hope to make a lot of money playing this sport,’ Dennard said. “My goal is to open up a recreation center back home where there is tutoring throughout the day to help kids K through 12th graders. Helping high schoolers with the ACT and SAT preps. So they have an outlet after school and stay out of the streets.”

He may not have signed his contract yet, but the Bengals are giving him a big money spot. Even though Dennard never played slot in games for the Spartans, cornerbacks coach Vance Joseph hasn’t hesitated in making him the No. 1 slot corner as the Bengals end their second week of voluntary practice Thursday. He’s taking the place of the highest-paid player in their secondary, the rehabbing Leon Hall.

The Bengals got thunder-stormed out Wednesday, but that doesn’t dampen Joseph’s appraisal of Dennard’s first practices in the slot. Already, he says Dennard has better “long,’ speed down the field than he thought.

“He’s smart, he’s mature. I wouldn’t hesitate putting him in there,” Joseph said. “He understands the run fits and the pressure packages and obviously he can match up in the slot coverage wise. So if he can learn it mentally and becomes a good blitzer, he’ll be fine for the nickel.”

Dennard isn’t a good blitzer yet, simply because it’s new to him and Joseph believes it’s an art that feel and repetition sharpen. It’s why Joseph put him in the slot in the first place. The-best-players-on-the-field argument.

“He’s got the speed and the power to be a good blitzer,’ Joseph said. “He’s got an explosive body so I knew the way he moved laterally he could match those slot receivers. He’s a big, strong guy that can tackle in the box.”

Dennard ho-hums the move. He says he played the slot in practice in college and the biggest adjustment here, he says, has been getting used to the run fits.

“I’m not surprised,” Joseph said of the ease of the transition. “He’s not a normal rookie, a wide-eyed guy. His mistakes have been minimal and the ones he’s made he’s making corrections. Blitzing will be key because he can cover.”

Working behind Dennard in the slot are veteran Chris Lewis-Harris and seventh-rounder Lavelle Westbrooks as the Bengals try to find that sixth cornerback behind Dennard, Hall, Terence Newman, Adam Jones, and Dre Kirkpatrick. Dennard is going to lose his slot job when Hall comes back for training camp, but he’ll be playing it plenty in the preseason games.

For Dennard, now it’s like the answer Lewis got last night from a camper that’s been to all six. Lewis recognized him immediately, a big kid slimming down and growing up, and he said quite candidly, “You’ve been here a long time. I’m sorry, I forgot your name, but I know you’ll know the answer to this.”

And Charles didn’t bat an eye when Lewis asked him, “What is the first thing we do after camp as we head into the summer months?

“Read,” Charles said.

“That’s right,’ Lewis said. “We keep learning.”

Let’s see. The big camp is about 50 days away. The new Twiggs County Rec Center is right behind.

Bengals1181
06-07-2014, 09:25 AM
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The Cincinnati Bengals continue to work on signing first-round pick Darqueze Dennard to his first NFL contract. It seems like a layup, as every pick in the draft is slotted into a contract. Dennard is going to sign a 4-year deal worth about $8 million.

So what's the holdup?

It's the amount of guaranteed salary Dennard can get from his contract. Players want to be assured they're getting the money their contract pays them. They want guaranteed money. Dennard wants to know that no matter what happens, he'll get as much of that $8 million as possible in the event he's injured and/or released before the end of his contract.

Here's a look at the amount of guaranteed money players drafted around Dennard will be getting:

17 C.J. Mosley ILB Baltimore Ravens Signed 4 years, $8.78M fully guaranteed
18 Calvin Pryor FS New York Jets Signed 4 year, $8.5M fully guaranteed
19 Ja'Wuan James OT Miami Dolphins Unsigned
20 Brandin Cooks WR New Orleans Saints Signed 4 years, $8.38M, $7.60M guaranteed
21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Green Bay Packers Signed 4 years, $8.33M, $7.55M guaranteed
22 Johnny Manziel QB Cleveland Browns Unsigned
23 Dee Ford DE Kansas City Chiefs Signed 4 years, $8.15M, $6.24M guaranteed
24 Darqueze Dennard CB Cincinnati Bengals Unsigned
25 Jason Verrett CB San Diego Chargers Signed 4 years, $7.88M, $6.39M guaranteed
26 Marcus Smith OLB Philadelphia Eagles Unsigned
27 Deone Bucannon SS Arizona Cardinals Signed 4 years, $7.71M, $6.24M guaranteed

Notice how Deone Bucaanon, the 27th pick, is getting the same amount of guaranteed money as Dee Ford, the 23rd pick, and Jason Verrett, the 25th pick, is making more than both of them.

As it gets into the 20s and 30s, there should be less guaranteed money given to each player, but because it is negotiable, that's not always the case.

As it turns out, Ford signed his contract on May 24, while Bucannon signed his on June 5, and Verrett signed his on May 29. Perhaps, Ford's agent was more willing to settle for $6.24 million, while Verrett's and Bucannon's agent pushed harder for more guarantees.

If Dennard and his agent wanted to push for it, he could get his contract fully guaranteed, but it rarely happens for a pick as high him.

There are other aspects of the contract like offset language, but in the end, his agent is probably pushing for as much of the contract to be guaranteed as possible.


http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/6/7/5787808/a-look-at-whats-holding-up-darqueze-dennard-signing-with-the-bengals

mongo
06-07-2014, 12:41 PM
Honestly, I wouldn't be shocked if a bargaining chip in the next CBA is fully guaranteed contracts for the first rounders. As it is now, they get paid, in relative terms, peanuts, and are locked up for five years (six if you include a tag year). I'm a big supporter of rookie deals that make sense, but I think this current CBA may have gotten a little too friendly for the owners.

You want that fifth year from the first round picks, you gotta fully guarantee the rookie contract.

lucid
06-07-2014, 02:18 PM
Honestly, I wouldn't be shocked if a bargaining chip in the next CBA is fully guaranteed contracts for the first rounders. As it is now, they get paid, in relative terms, peanuts, and are locked up for five years (six if you include a tag year). I'm a big supporter of rookie deals that make sense, but I think this current CBA may have gotten a little too friendly for the owners.

You want that fifth year from the first round picks, you gotta fully guarantee the rookie contract.

It does feel that way about the rookie contracts doesn't it? I'm not sure where the money should be at, or if guaranteeing contracts is the way to go or not. I think there is some inherent risk in the draft, and I'm not sure if making those contracts guaranteed wouldn't cause other problems. Maybe just bump the slotting up a bit.

Maybe the way to go would be to change the way the 5th year option works, or remove it entirely.

texbengal
06-08-2014, 10:38 AM
I'm really looking forward to watching Quez. I think he's going to be really good, and I love the "edge" that he plays with.

Bengals1181
06-08-2014, 10:43 AM
I'm really looking forward to watching Quez. I think he's going to be really good, and I love the "edge" that he plays with.


yea. Big Ten Network had OSU/Mich St. on this morning, and he had a couple pass breakups and plays with a lot of fire.


As does new Bengals safety Isaiah Lewis.

Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 11:24 AM
CINCINNATI -- It was honesty at its finest, candor at its best and humility at its strongest.

When rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/16718/darqueze-dennard) proudly said Wednesday, with a smile on his face no less, that the Cincinnati Bengals (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/cin/cincinnati-bengals) "really don't need me," a few eyebrows in the huddle of reporters around him raised.

Did he really say that?

He really did.

"It is what it is," Dennard said, still grinning as he was pressed on the statement. "I'm a realist. We've got a lot of great players out there. Looking especially in the secondary, there's a lot of players that have done a lot of good things in their careers. I'm just here to learn from them and do the best I can to help the team."

[+] Enlargehttp://a.espncdn.com/photo/2013/1202/ncf_g_ddts_200x300.jpg (http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2013/1202/ncf_g_ddts_400x600.jpg)Matthew Holst/Getty ImagesDarqueze Dennard could have a hard time cracking the Bengals' veteran lineup as a rookie.


Realistically, he's right. It was the correct and proper thing to say. With so many veteran cornerbacks on the depth chart in front of him, the odds Dennard starts at either of the outside cornerback positions or on the inside as a slot player, are quite slim. Terence Newman (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/4463/terence-newman)might be 35, but he's healthy. Adam Jones (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8421/adam-jones) is entering his ninth year, but he's still quite spry. And 29-year-oldLeon Hall (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/10462/leon-hall) is bracing for a big bounce-back year after tearing his Achilles in the middle of last season.

Add third-year corner Dre Kirkpatrick (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14940/dre-kirkpatrick) to the mix, and Dennard's climb to the top of the cornerback depth chart gets even steeper.

It's important to stress that none of Dennard's comments are indications that he's already packed it in for the spring and summer and won't compete for a starting job. He plans to be a key piece to the Bengals' defensive puzzle for as long as he's playing in the league.

Part of that push for playing time will include learning the playbook and getting acclimated with everything the coaches will want him to do. In addition to covering passes downfield on the outside, he'll be relied upon to play in the slot, and looked to for help in run support. He's likely to be called upon to blitz on occasion, too.

Since his whirlwind first day of voluntary organized team activities (http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/79172/dennard-practices-without-bengals-contract) two weeks ago, he has seen a steady progression in his knowledge of his role and responsibilities. If he were to grade his comfort level in Cincinnati's defensive playbook on a scale of 1 to 10, he said he would give himself an "8."

That is another check in the right-things-to-say box. A number that high suggests growing confidence in the system, but not so much growth that he feels he knows it all. He still sees room for more improvement. "Eight" is a good place to be when it comes to understanding the playbook.

"It's slowed down a lot," Dennard said. "I have gotten comfortable so I am out there not thinking as much, so it allows me to play faster."

Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther has seen some flashes of that improved comfort.

"He's real sharp mentally," Guenther said after Wednesday's minicamp. "We've thrown him in there sometimes with the [starters], and we've thrown him in there both inside and outside. He's done a good job. He's picked up the defense good. He just needs the little things. The tweaks are here and there, but he'll get that when we get to training camp."

Among the tweaks Guenther and Dennard want to improve are his blitz moves. To hear the young cornerback tell it, he doesn't have any right now. Guenther politely agrees, and wants to see him hone his ability coming off the outside edge toward the passer.

"We'll have periods in the practice where everybody will work on their blitz techniques," Guenther said. "Everybody's got to be proficient with that so anybody could come at any time."

As linebackers coach, Guenther was the architect of some of the Bengals' more creative blitz packages when Mike Zimmer was the defensive coordinator. Guenther designed plays that brought players from all levels and angles. Safeties and cornerbacks this season will have their share of rushes from up high.

So what does Dennard need to do to start blitzing better?

"Probably need to find some moves," he said.

Could Hall have something to share as a veteran whose style of play is similar to Dennard's according to coaches?

"You have to stay talking to him, but you got to find your own thing," Dennard said.

Another check. Be your own man.

How about a defensive lineman? Might they have a move he can mimic?

"Maybe," Dennard said. "I can ask how they use their hands and how they get offensive linemen to get their hands of them to get to the quarterback. Talking to them would definitely help me, so I will do that in the future."

Yet again a check. Be your own man, but don't be afraid to get insight from someone who makes their living doing what you're trying to do.

For now, Dennard keeps saying the right things. If he keeps saying them and keeps believing in them, he will find the deep Bengals secondary will need his services a lot sooner than he's anticipating. He will have earned the right to be a key contributor.

http://espn.go.com/blog/cincinnati-bengals/post/_/id/8498/bengals-darqueze-dennard-rookie-right-things

Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 03:39 PM
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#Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) lock up first-round pick Darqueze Dennard, which means all rookies are under contract.

Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 03:42 PM
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Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 03:44 PM
Coley Harvey ‏@ColeyHarvey (https://twitter.com/ColeyHarvey) 21m (https://twitter.com/ColeyHarvey/status/477169035973787649)
#Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) are all done with rookie signings. Team today signed 1st-round pick CB Darqueze Dennard today.Slotted to make about $8mill in 4 yrs

Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 03:55 PM
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Marvin: He's been everything we hoped he would be to this point. He’s a great talent @wcpo (https://twitter.com/WCPO) #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash)

Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 03:56 PM
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Marvin: He played in a big-time pressure defense at Michigan State and he’s not afraid to be out there by himself @wcpo (https://twitter.com/WCPO) #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash)

Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 03:57 PM
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By the way the signing bonus that's slotted for Dennard's spot in the draft is $4.1 million.He should see somewhere close to that next 4 yrs

Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 04:03 PM
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First-round cornerback Darqueze Dennard (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/darqueze-dennard/892e7752-8bcb-4be8-91ec-ae860dbbfceb/) is in the fold.
The Bengals finished off the signing of their eight draft picks Thursday when they inked first-rounder Darqueze Dennard on the last day of the mandatory minicamp.
Since the inception of the rookie wage scale in 2011, draft signings have become virtually moot and it’s believed Dennard’s deal got done after both sides resolved a technicality.
It now leaves the Bengals looking at two more deals they’d like to get done before too long. Talks with Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/vontaze-burfict/941b89df-2666-4d9f-810e-9b889ba417eb/) and quarterback Andy Dalton (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/andy-dalton/9378c4ed-938c-434c-929d-4d45fe252101/) have been ongoing during the offseason and both seemed to have made some kind of headway. Dalton told Bengals.com last week the sides were closer and a few weeks ago Fox Sports reported progress with Burfict.
Dennard, the 24th pick out of Michigan State, has been as advertised. Smart and seasoned, he has replaced rehabbing Leon Hall (http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/leon-hall/0f379744-8ae4-4952-8f53-75c2f38f43ec/) in the first-team slot even though he hardly played the spot in games for the Spartans. Hall himself has been impressed.
“I like Darqueze. The only hesitation I have is judging people too early, especially before the pads come out,” Hall said after Thursday’s practice. “But if you look at him in the helmets, I think he’s done everything the coaches have asked him to do. He’s definitely smart enough to make an impact in his first year once he gets more comfortable, knows the defense a little better.”
Hall says he has yet to see Dennard get beat so badly that people say, “Oh God, he looked terrible on that play,” and says it’s only a matter of cleaning up the technique and leverage flaws that even veterans have to do.
“He understands the playbook,” Hall said. “To begin with that’s what a lot of people struggle with.”
Hall, the Michigan product they took with the 18th pick in 2007, seems to be coping in his dealings with a Spartan. He had practice when he played opposite Ohio State cornerback Nate Clements a few years back.
“That was always a struggle. Especially in November,” Hall said. “Michigan State’s not so bad. Not so bad.”


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Dennard-signs-after-encouraging-debut/94af36ec-a306-4331-8b79-0ac6c2796062?campaign=cin:fanshare:twitter

Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 04:06 PM
Darqueze Dennard is officially under contract. And now so are all eight Bengals draft picks.
As the 24th selection in the first round Dennard is slotted to make $8 million over the next four years with a fifth-year club option. Much of the drama is taken out of the signing of draft picks with the new CBA which specifically slots rookie contracts and leaves little wiggle room.
Still, Dennard's contract remained unsigned after the other seven picks were all under contract at the end of last month. Last year, it took the Bengals until July 15 to agree to a deal with first-round pick Tyler Eifert.
The 5-11 corner from Michigan State became the 22nd first-round pick to sign a contract this year.
"Of course it's great to have all this done well before we come back for training camp," Marvin Lewis said. "As for Darqueze, he's been everything we hoped he would be to this point. He's a great talent. He played in a big-time pressure defense at Michigan State and he's not afraid to be out there (in coverage) by himself. And as we knew he would, he conducts himself every day as a mature pro who wants to get better every day."
Dennard took part in each of the offseason practices this past month under an insurance waiver similar to the slotted money set aside by the CBA to take out any injury risk.
He's drawn rave reviews from teammates and not looked out of place. During the final practice of mini-camp on Thursday he broke up a pass while covering A.J. Green across the middle.
"He's definitely smart enough to make an impact in his first year," Leon Hall said. "When he messes up it's just small things. It's not like, 'Oh God, he looked terrible on that play.' It's never been like that. He's right there, maybe it's just little technique issues or leverage issues."
Dennard won the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back his senior year with the Spartans and USA Today first-team All-American. He currently finds himself competing for playing time with in a crowded room of cornerbacks. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther worked Dennard both outside and inside at slot corner.
Finding a role as a starter this year could be a challenge, but co-defensive backs coach Vance Joseph doesn't rule out any possibility.
"Starting a rookie at corner, it depends on the person. Darqueze is a very mature person," Joseph said. "He's an achiever also. From high school to college, he's been a winner. His personality, his skill set, I would feel fine starting him. But he's got to earn it. We've got Leon Hall here. We've got Terence Newman. We've got Adam Jones. We've got Dre Kirkpatrick. He's got to earn it."

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/12/bengals-sign-first-round-pick-darqueze-dennard/10382987/

Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 04:25 PM
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Interviewed @DDennard21 (https://twitter.com/DDennard21) moments after he signed on the dotted line. Will link to video when it's posted #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) pic.twitter.com/T3mgG4Bs2g (http://t.co/T3mgG4Bs2g)

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Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 04:38 PM
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Rt "#Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) sign 1st rd draft pick @DDennard21 (https://twitter.com/DDennard21). pic.twitter.com/OKvOPcMRKJ (http://t.co/OKvOPcMRKJ)" It's Official now Congratz Rook lets work! #WhoDeyNation (https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhoDeyNation?src=hash) #LetsRoar (https://twitter.com/hashtag/LetsRoar?src=hash)

JBandJoeyV
06-12-2014, 04:57 PM
Woo!

mongo
06-12-2014, 05:12 PM
Nice! I know these things just get done nowadays, but the decadeandahalf that shall not be named still makes me antsy about contracts and holdouts.

Tigris
06-12-2014, 07:02 PM
I wonder how many times a CB actually gets the sack once a blocker makes contact. I would think it's almost one of those things that's going to happen if an assignment is blown or the offense is outnumbered on the side of the blitz.

texbengal
06-12-2014, 10:25 PM
I know I've said it before, but I haven't been this excited about a rookie in awhile. I love the way this guy plays the game.

Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 11:01 PM
I wonder how many times a CB actually gets the sack once a blocker makes contact. I would think it's almost one of those things that's going to happen if an assignment is blown or the offense is outnumbered on the side of the blitz.

I think the biggest plus is forcing a quick throw. Even sometimes the CB can get a tip if they aren't coming from the blindside.


IMO there's too many quick passes anymore for corner blitzes to consistently result in hits. It's more about disrupting the timing of a throw IMO.

Bengals1181
06-13-2014, 07:55 AM
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Bengals1181
06-13-2014, 07:57 AM
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#Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) CB Darqueze Dennard received a 4-year deal worth $7.98M with a signing bonus of $4.12M. 80 percent is fully guaranteed.

Bengals1181
06-16-2014, 08:08 AM
It's been quite a month for Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) first-round pick Darqueze Dennard (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/245418/darqueze-dennard). He's been getting a heavy-dose of first-team reps during OTAs in his crash-course welcome to the NFL.
But he's picking up the defense well and impressing his teammates, most notably All-Pro corner Leon Hall (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/19017/leon-hall).




"I like Darqueze. The only hesitation I have is judging people too early, especially before the pads come out," Hall said, via Bengals.com (http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Notes-Dennard-signs-Leon-eyes-long-haul-Hopkins-runs-with-1s-Versatile-Svitek/94af36ec-a306-4331-8b79-0ac6c2796062). "But if you look at him in the helmets, I think he’s done everything the coaches have asked him to do.
"He’s definitely smart enough to make an impact in his first year once he gets more comfortable, knows the defense a little better. He understands the playbook. To begin with that’s what a lot of people struggle with."

http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/6/16/5812368/bengals-banter-leon-hall-darqueze-dennard-svitek

mongo
06-16-2014, 08:39 AM
The Wolverine likes the Spartan... Buncha Michigan weirdos!

Bengals1181
06-16-2014, 11:47 AM
Dennard to make $6.5 million guaranteed
CINCINNATI -- When Darqueze Dennard (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/16718/darqueze-dennard?ex_cid=null) signedhis rookie contract (http://espn.go.com/blog/cincinnati-bengals/post/_/id/8527/bengals-darqueze-dennard-signs-first-round-pick) with the Cincinnati Bengals (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/cin/cincinnati-bengals?ex_cid=null)last Thursday, he ended up inking a deal that will pay him about $6.5 million guaranteed, and that assures he will be a key piece to the franchise for the next four years.

His contract, obtained through ESPN Stats & Information, also stipulates the Bengals will take a series of cap hits the next three seasons if they try to get rid of their first-round draft pick cornerback. It's because of those details that make the contract favorable both for Dennard and the organization, which has faith he will be part of the defensive back rotation for the foreseeable future.

All told, Dennard's deal will pay him the nearly $8 million he was slotted for as the No. 24 overall pick in last month's draft. Per the latest collective bargaining agreement, rookies signed to contracts since 2011 receive cap values based upon where they get drafted. The higher the pick, the more money the player receives.

Dennard was the last of the Bengals' eight draft picks to sign, meaning Cincinnati is now done with setting that portion of its roster ahead of training camp next month. In total, the Bengals will pay about $5 million to their draft picks for the 2014 season.

As part of the nearly $6.5 million guaranteed he'll be paid across the next four years, Dennard will take home a signing bonus of just over $4.1 million. The signing bonus will come from an annual proration of $1,030,709. The remainder of his guaranteed money will come from his base salary in the first three seasons.

While his Year 4 base salary isn't guaranteed, he is eligible for a roster bonus of $420,000 that season. It's also the only year on the deal that the Bengals will actually have a cap savings if he's released.

http://espn.go.com/blog/cincinnati-bengals/post/_/id/8600/bengals-darqueze-dennard-contract-breakdown-6-5-million-guaranteed

Closer Look at Dennard's Rookie Deal:

2014


Base salary:
$420,000


Guaranteed money:
$420,000


Cap value:
$1,450,709


Cash value:
$4,542,836


Proration:
$1,030,709


Roster bonus:
$0


Workout bonus:
$0


Cap savings:
-$3,092,127


2015


Base salary:
$782,677


Guaranteed money:
$782,677


Cap value:
$1,813,386


Cash value:
$782,677


Proration:
$1,030,709


Roster bonus:
$0


Workout bonus:
$0


Cap savings:
-$2,061,418


2016


Base salary:
$1,145,354


Guaranteed money:
$1,145,354


Cap value:
$2,176,063


Cash value:
$1,145,354


Proration:
$1,030,709


Roster bonus:
$0


Workout bonus:
$0


Cap savings:
-$1,030,889


2017


Base salary:
$988,031


Guaranteed money:
$0


Cap value:
$2,538,740


Cash value:
$1,508,031


Proration:
$1,030,709


Roster bonus:
$420,000


Workout bonus:
$0


Cap savings:
$1,508,031

Bengals1181
06-16-2014, 11:47 AM
wow, it's a lot easier posting spreadsheets here.

Patrick Sullivan
06-16-2014, 12:05 PM
wow, it's a lot easier posting spreadsheets here.

I've never seen a spreadsheet posted that way here. I usually take a screen grab and post that. Is that cut & pasted from another forum or something? I could use that for posting the standings for Upset Special and other stuff. Pretty slick.

Zins30
06-16-2014, 12:17 PM
Yeah the table came from here.... http://espn.go.com/blog/cincinnati-bengals/post/_/id/8600/bengals-darqueze-dennard-contract-breakdown-6-5-million-guaranteed


Still not perfect but MUCH, MUCH better than before.

Bengals1181
06-16-2014, 12:57 PM
I've never seen a spreadsheet posted that way here. I usually take a screen grab and post that. Is that cut & pasted from another forum or something? I could use that for posting the standings for Upset Special and other stuff. Pretty slick.


do you hit the A/A button on the toolbar? Try that. It allows you to import everything you copy, tables, pictures, youtube videos, hyperlinks, etc...