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Falcons sign former first-rounder Dennard

By Sports Desk August 03, 2020

The Atlanta Falcons have added to their secondary with the signing of cornerback Darqueze Dennard.

Dennard had been set to sign for the Jacksonville Jaguars in March after his contract with the Cincinnati Bengals expired.

However, he failed to come to terms with the Jaguars and Jacksonville's loss is now the Falcons' gain.

Dennard boosts a secondary lacking experience after releasing former Pro Bowler Desmond Trufant in March.

Atlanta drafted cornerback A.J. Terrell in the first round of this year's draft, with Isaiah Oliver and Kendall Sheffield, who have just 29 starts between them, also in the mix in the defensive backfield.

Since entering the NFL in 2014, Dennard has 24 starts in 77 games, recording three interceptions and 22 pass breakups.

The Falcons missed the playoffs for the second successive year in 2019 but improved drastically after a 1-7 start to finish the year 7-9.

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