New England Patriots No. 2 cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will once again have his court date pushed back, and this is starting to get ridiculous. It’s almost as if somebody wants Dennard to miss a key part of the regular season, and we’ve now seen Dennard’s court date pushed back from late August to tomorrow to the 16th of September. With his new court date scheduled in 11 days, one has to think that Dennard’s day in court won’t be pushed back further.
I’m sure we’ll have some conspiracy theorists out there, and I might consider myself one of it. I find the details of his case to be sketchy (probably a big reason why the Patriots decided not to take action), and the fact that his court date has now been pushed back just makes things look weirder. If Dennard is found guilty of breaking his probation and the DUI, then he would have to immediately serve a 30-day sentence. That would cause him to miss games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, and New Orleans Saints, per CSNNE.
The Patriots don’t have much depth at cornerback, and a jail sentence for that long for Alfonzo Dennard would just be flat-out terrible. Hopefully the league wouldn’t impose an additional suspension on top of that, because the Patriots just cannot afford to have Dennard missing several games this season. He is locked in as a starting corner for this team, and he’s a good one at that. If Dennard misses time, then Kyle Arrington or rookie Logan Ryan would start on the outside; that’s clearly a drop-off given that both are better in the slot. Those games are key games, with the Saints and Falcons being well-known for their high-powered passing attacks. The Bucs have a great group of receivers as well, and the Cincinnati Bengals are a playoff team.