Posts Tagged ‘Alfonzo Dennard’

Turnover Breakdown: Patriots Defense Salvages Week 2 Win Over Jets

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Thursday night’s Patriots-Jets game wasn’t pretty, but a win doesn’t require style points. (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Wide receiver Danny Amendola, halfback Shane Vereen, and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Zach Sudfeld were absent from the offensive side of the ball, but the New England Patriots hung on to defeat the New York Jets, 13-10, in a Thursday night downpour at Gillette Stadium.

It was a stagnant process. Quarterback Tom Brady finished 19-for-39 passing for 185 yards and one touchdown to second-round wideout Aaron Dobson. The Jets held the Patriots rushing attack to just 54 yards on 24 attempts. And cumulatively, undrafted rookie Ryan Allen tallied more punts than the entire offense tallied first downs.

In turn, much of the weight rested on New England’s defense to make plays.

The unit did so.

Despite rookie quarterback Geno Smith and the Jets offense producing 318 yards and absorbing 34 minutes of possession, four mistakes changed the complexion of the divisional Week 2 tilt:

Three interceptions and a fumble.

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Alfonzo Dennard Stands Out on Day Two of Patriots Training Camp

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

No. 37 Alfonzo Dennard challenged wide receivers during the second day of Patriots camp, especially No. 17 Aaron Dobson. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

After his July 11 arrest, there was grave uncertainty surrounding New England Patriots second-year cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. His availability – let alone his future with the Patriots organization – appeared to be in doubt. But once July 26 rolled around, the 5’10”, 200-pounder was in Foxborough, Mass., participating in the first full day of Patriots training camp.

During that rainy Friday practice, Dennard saw re-signed vet Kyle Arrington manning the right cornerback spot that he excelled from as a rookie. The 23-year-old did filter in on the outside, but he primarily lined up in the slot during three-receiver sets. It was a quiet first day of camp for No. 37.

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Releasing Dennard Could Prove Costly For Patriots

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Could cornerback Alfonzo Dennard’s recent arrest induce New England to cut ties with the second-year player? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Speaking with reporters on Monday, July 8th regarding Aaron Hernandez’s ongoing murder trial, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft indicated that he was, at the very least, considering a revision of New England’s player-vetting process, reassuring reporters from the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and ESPN Boston that “you can be sure we’ll be looking at our procedures and auditing how we do things”, reiterating that the Patriots will “renew efforts and look at procedures” in what is ostensibly an effort to rehabilitate the club’s public image in light of recent events.

Early on Tuesday, July 9th, less than a day after Kraft’s comments, starting right cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in Lincoln, Nebraska, having been stopped by police and subsequently refusing to take a breath test. Although the Hernandez trial will undoubtedly continue to control center stage, the charges against Dennard should be considered more relevant from a football perspective at this point, as how the organization opts to deal with his situation should provide onlookers with some level of insight into the impact Hernandez’s arrest will have on New England’s team-building philosophy moving forwards.

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2013 NFL Draft: Potential Late-Round Steals

Saturday, March 30th, 2013
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Who will be this year’s Alfonzo Dennard? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Only 32 prospects will hear NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announce their name in Round 1 of April’s draft. Some will even be on hand at Radio City Music Hall to hoist their team’s jersey and smile for the cameras. That’s not the case for the 48 prospects that will be picked in Round 7.

Instead, the ESPN draft ticker does all the heavy lifting as NFL hopefuls sit on their couch just hoping to get a call. There’s no elaborate podium announcement to be made, and no team hats to be handed out, either.

Seventh-round picks don’t get the glory, but they can still make an impact.

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Loss of Alfonzo Dennard Would Prove Costly For Patriots

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Alfonzo Dennard was one of New England’s most promising rookies in 2012. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was considered a second or third-round talent after concluding an impressive collegiate career with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but ultimately slipped to the seventh round due to a confluence of factors, including questions about his speed, an underwhelming showing at last year’s Senior Bowl, and, most importantly, an April arrest for allegedly assaulting a police officer, an ongoing case which will go to the jury on Tuesday. If convicted, Dennard faces up to five years in prison. This article will examine the potential ramifications of a Dennard conviction.

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Patriots Draft Pick Review: Alfonzo Dennard

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Alfonzo Dennard was a huge addition late in the 2012 NFL Draft. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

With the 224th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected cornerback Alfonzo Dennard out of Nebraska—and let me tell you one thing: This pick was an absolute steal.

Dennard might have came with some character issues, as he was arrested in late April was he allegedly punched a police officer in Lincoln, Nebraska—but prior to his arrest, I had Dennard going in either the late first round or in the second or third rounds.

This selection was a great value pick for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

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Tyrann Mathieu: Should the Patriots Draft Him?

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from LSU, but will the NFL forgive? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Honey Badger. Tyrann Mathieu’s nickname helped earn him an invite to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, but also hinted at an underlying problem. He just didn’t care.

Does he care enough to get his house in order for the 2013 NFL Draft?

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