Bengals Getting Much-Needed Boost on Defense

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Jul 28, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) watches drills during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE


After defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday that consisted of two backups starting at corner, a safety signed fresh off the street, and a converted safety making up the teams’ top four CBs, the team could certainly use some help at that spot. The Bengals may also be getting some help soon with the eventual return of rookie CB Dre Kirkpatrick:




Its been a rocky rookie season for the former All-American out of the University of Alabama, who missed most of the teams’ OTAs and mincamps with a leg injury, and then missed essentially all of training camp and preseason, meaning that even when he is healthy enough to make his NFL debut, expectations should be kept to the very minimum. I expect him to be no better than the teams’ fourth corner by the end of the year, but given how many injuries the secondary has already suffered, he may end up getting thrown right into the fire much sooner.


The Bengals also tried out cornerback Chris Hawkins recently, and may be looking for more help from the outside. The team just cut practice-squad CB Chris Lewis-Harris, so they may be bringing in another corner, or they feel confident Clements, Hall, and Allen are expected to return soon. The Bengals have yet to have all five of their top-5 corners healthy for one game, so if that does happen this Sunday against the Dolphins, it will be another much-needed boost for the secondary.


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