Week in Review: Ranking Each Bengals Rookie by Impact

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Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Daniel Herron (34) warms up prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

8. Dan Herron RB
“Boom” Herron was activated off the practice squad 4 games ago and has actually played very well mostly on special teams. He has one punt blocked but that’s basically where his impact stops. He has come very close to blocking a couple punts and has excelled on special teams. He only has 3 carries for 8 yards so his impact on offense has been next to nothing.
9. Dre Kirkpatrick CB
This is pretty much a red shirt year for Dre as injuries have derailed his season and when he is healthy, the play of the other defensive backs has kept him on the sidelines. He has 4 tackles all mostly coming from special teams and one very nice deep pass break up. Dre won’t see much playing time in the playoffs but expect him to start most games next year.
10. George Illoka S
The Bengals were in dire need of a safety during the off-season but the return of Reggie Nelson and the revival of Chris Crocker has changed that. Illoka has spent pretty much all his time on the sidelines this year but has recorded two tackles. I haven’t see even close to enough of him to know what kind of player he will be but I liked him in college and the way the Bengals draft went this season, wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a hit.
11. Brandon Thompson DT
Thompson has only been active 3 games and has only one tackle on the season but this was expected. He is a project and a potential replacement for Domato Peko. Thompson won’t see any more playing time this season but much like Still, will see plenty next year.

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