New England Patriots Have Short Leash on Alfonzo Dennard

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The man in charge of the New England Patriots‘ sidelines is known for his no-nonsense style of coaching. Bill Belichick didn’t even take misbehavior from Randy Moss, so cornerback Alfonzo Dennard can’t be any different. Granted, Moss’s troubles weren’t with the law, but police troubles have already held Dennard back, and might cost him his future with this team.

Dennard was projected to be a mid-round pick when he came out of Nebraska in the 2011 NFL Draft. But, shortly before the draft he was arrested on counts of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. His stock fell so far that the Patriots were the only team willing to take a chance on him, in the seventh and final round. He was sentenced to two years probation and 30 days in jail, but the service time was pushed back.

During his probation time, he happened to have another run-in with the law. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in July and had his probation extended to three years and the jail time extended to 60 days. Though the drunken driving charge was later dismissed, the jail time stood firm.

On March 1, he began serving the 60-day sentence. He got credit for three days served prior to March 1, and pending good behavior, could be out by April 4 after just 35 days. He has about two weeks left to prove his behavior issues are behind him. Hopefully they are, or his chance to play for the best coach in the NFL could be behind him as well.

When on the field, Dennard is one of the bright spots in the Patriots’ secondary. He is injury prone, though, which could also add on to his shortcomings with the law if he gets arrested again. In just two seasons, he has already missed nine games. Take that with his troubles off the field, and one more mishap could cost him his job in New England.

Gian D’Ambra is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter, friend him on Facebook, and connect with him on LinkedIn and Google.


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