Gunther Cunningham: 'Bill Bentley is Lions' hardest worker'

Cunningham: 'Bentley is Lions' hardest worker'
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Gunther Cunningham praises the work rate of Detroit Lions cornerback Bill Bentley.

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has praised cornerback Bill Bentley as the team's hardest-working player.

Cunningham said that in pre-season Bentley has a lower offense success rate against him than the NFL's best, and urged the player to keep the effort up.

"Bill Bentley's the hardest-working guy on our team and it's showing," Cunningham told the Lions' official website.

"The first week, the offence has 25% success. Well, Ike Taylor's the number one guy in the NFL with 39.9%.

"If he keeps going at this pace, you've got a guy that can cover. That statistic may not mean much to some people, but to a coach it means a lot, because he's competing every day."

Bentley, a rookie last season, made just four appearances in his first year in the NFL.

Detroit Lions defensive co-ordinator Gunther Cunningham on November 18, 2012
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