The Patriots will release CB Alfonzo Dennard, according to NFL’s Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
The Patriots drafted Dennard in the 7th round (224) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
In his three year career, Dennard has appeared in 29 games for the Patriots, compiling 90 tackles, 1 FF, 5 interceptions for 95 yards and 1 touchdown, with 16 passes defended.
His rookie year with the Patriots was his best year. He played in 10 games and made 35 tackles, 1 FF, 3 interceptions for 95 yards and 1 touchdown, and 7 passes defended.
After that, his playing time decreased, injuries piled on, and he fell out of favor with the New England coaching staff.
In 2014, Dennard appeared in 6 games for the Pats. He had 15 tackles, 1 INT, and 1 pass defended.
The one interception was in the first game of the season against Miami.
He also had off-field troubles. Before the draft, he allegedly punched a police officer in Lincoln Nebraska. He was convicted of felony assault on the police officer in February 2013. He was sentenced to 35 days in jail starting in March 2014. He also got two years of probation. Three months later, Dennard was arrested for suspicion of a DUI in July 2013. His hearing was held in December of 2013, where he was sentenced to an additional 30 days of jail time and 100 hours of community service. In March 2014, he went to Nebraska to serve his 60 day jail time and served the minimum 35 days.
Dennard is a 5’10, 200 pound corner, who at times, showed promise. He will get looks from other teams like maybe Miami, or even Dallas, who makes sense.
Dennard’s cap hit was going to be $1.5 million.
The Patriots drafted a corner from Marshall in the 7th round of this year’s draft and signed an UDFA corner from UAB, both who look promising.