Derek Dennis

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Derek Dennis
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Dennis before a Stampeders game in 2019.
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1988-07-16) July 16, 1988 (age 33)
Queens, New York
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:345 lb (156 kg)
Career information
High school: Pawling (NY) Trinity
College: Temple
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  CFL.ca  ·  ArenaFan.com

Derek Dennis (born July 16, 1988) is an American professional football offensive lineman. He played college football at Temple. He has also been a member of the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Arizona Rattlers, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Calgary Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders, New York Guardians, and Edmonton Elks.

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Early years

Dennis did not start playing football until his junior year at Peekskill High School in Peekskill, New York. [1] He also helped the Peesksill basketball team win consecutive state titles in 2005 and 2006. [2] He then transferred to Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, New York his senior year as they had a more established football program. [1] Dennis played offensive guard, tight end and defensive end at Trinity-Pawling. He recorded 149 tackles, ten sacks, nine forced fumbles, four interceptions, eight receptions for 220 yards and 35 pancake blocks during his varsity career. He earned All-League, All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-Section honors in football as well. Dennis averaged fifteen points and eleven rebounds per game in basketball. He graduated from Trinity-Pawling in 2007. [2] He also spent time playing for the New York Gauchos AAU team. [1]

College career

Dennis played for the Temple Owls of Temple University from 2007 to 2011. He played in twelve games, starting ten, as a right guard his freshman year in 2007. He played in twelve games, starting six, in 2008. Dennis played in three games, with one start at right tackle, in 2009 before missing the remainder of the season and being redshirted due to a knee injury. He appeared in twelve games, starting two at right guard, one at left guard and four at left tackle, during the 2010 season. He started thirteen games at left guard his redshirt senior year in 2011. [2] Dennis then played in the 2012 East–West Shrine Game. [2] [1] He graduated from Temple in August 2011 with a degree in journalism. [2] [3]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HeightWeight 40-yard dash 10-yard split20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
315 lb
(143 kg)
5.30 s1.94 s3.06 s4.85 s8.21 s24128 ft 5 in
(2.57 m)
25 reps
All values from Temple Pro Day [3]

Miami Dolphins

Dennis was signed by the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL) on May 4, 2012 after going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was released by the team on July 26, 2012. [4] His release from the Dolphins was shown on Hard Knocks . [5] [6] [7] [8]

New England Patriots

Dennis signed with the NFL's New England Patriots on August 2, 2012. He was released by the Patriots on August 31, 2012. [4]

Arizona Rattlers

Dennis was assigned to the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League (AFL) on November 6, 2012. He was exempted on November 29, 2012. [9] He was activated from Other League Exempt on April 7, 2015 and played for the team during the 2015 season, catching three passes for sixteen yards. [9] [10] Dennis was placed on Other League Exempt on October 22, 2015. [11]

Chicago Bears

On November 27, 2012, Dennis was signed to the practice squad of the Chicago Bears' of the NFL. [4] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Bears on December 31, 2012. [4] [12] He was released by the team on August 30, 2013. Dennis was signed to the Bears' practice squad on September 4 and released by the team on September 9, 2013. [4]

Carolina Panthers

Dennis signed with the NFL's Carolina Panthers on January 4, 2014. He was released by the Panthers on August 30, 2014. He was signed to the team's practice squad on September 10, 2014. [4] Dennis signed a futures contract with the Panthers on January 13, 2015. [4] [13] He was released by the Panthers on April 4, 2015. [4]

Calgary Stampeders

On September 21, 2015, Dennis was signed to the practice roster of the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. [14] [15] He was promoted to the active roster on October 1. [14] He made his CFL debut on October 2, 2015 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Dennis played in five games, all starts, at left tackle for the team during the 2015 regular season. He also started both of the Stampeders' playoff games at left tackle. [15]

2016 was a breakout season for Dennis. He started all 18 regular-season games, 15 starts at left tackle, two at left guard and one at right guard. He was an integral part of a Stampeder unit that allowed the fewest sacks in the CFL in 2016 with 20 (11 fewer than the second-best team in that category) and also helped tailback Jerome Messam run for a league-leading 1,198 yards. Because of his accomplishments he was the winner of the CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award. [16]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

On February 14, 2017, Dennis was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. After playing just one season with the team, Dennis was released by the Roughriders on February 13, 2018.

Calgary Stampeders (II)

Three days after his release from the Roughriders, Dennis re-signed with the Calgary Stampeders on February 16, 2018. [17] He started all 18 regular season games and two post-season games for the Stampeders at left tackle and finished the season as a member of the 106th Grey Cup championship team. In 2019 Dennis started 16 game's for the Stampeders, 14 at LT and 2 at RT, and was named a West Division All-Star for a third time in his career. Dennis was not re-signed by the Stampeders following the 2019 season and became a free agent on February 11, 2020. [18]

XFL

On February 18, 2020, one week after becoming a free agent, Dennis signed with the XFL as a member of the XFL's Team 9 practice squad. [19] He signed with the New York Guardians on February 25, 2020. [20] He had his contract terminated when the league suspended operations on April 10, 2020. [21]

Edmonton Elks

Dennis signed a two-year contract with the Edmonton Football Team on January 7, 2021. [22] He chose not to play in the 2021 season for personal reasons, [23] and the Elks placed him on the retired list on June 23, 2021. [24] On July 19 Dennis requested to be released by the Elks, implying that he is not retired and would like to play elsewhere in 2021. [25]

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