Cincinnati Bengals: Why Dre Kirkpatrick Could Be X-Factor In 2013

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Zimmer’s defense relies a lot on defensive pressure and leaving his men on islands. With Leon Hall, Adam Jones, and Terence Newman all being here next season, where can Kirkpatrick fit? As the physical, zone corner. The Bengals have been looking for someone on defense to be a nasty leader. While Domata Peko is the leader, and so is Rey Maualuga, the Bengals still need someone nasty. Look no further than Kirkpatrick. He’s a physical corner who forced incomplete passes by tackling hard, and forced fumbles. Although he didn’t have any interceptions his last year in college, he still had 9 breakups and was on the ball.

In 2013, the Bengals are going to be looking to many of their new, young players to step up. The Bengals will be allowing Devon Still and Brandon Thompson to fill the void that Pat Sims left, and one will expect the Bengals to draft a linebacker to take over where Manny Lawson has left. But now the Bengals do have another secret, young weapon in Kirkpatrick. He’s a very good zone player who could break on the ball or player very quickly. He’s a great tackler and has a very good motor. Although he may not start right away, he could still contribute very well on special teams. Don’t forget, he did down a ball at the 1 yard line during a big game last season.

 

 

 

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  • CincinnatiMike

    The problem is that the diamonds-in-the-rough like Brooks and Simpson and the injury types like JonJoe and Smith seem to hang around just long enough to pocket their rookie contract cash and get past their issues and then move on to big careers elsewhere. The Bengals appear to be a farm team that takes in talent and prepares them for professional football on other teams while absorbing all the costs of their development but not reaping much of the benefit. In fact, JonJoe specifically contributed to ending our postseason. I know we’ve made the playoffs in 3 of the last 4 years but we seem to have peaked. When we lose this talent we don’t go out and replace it like the top teams do (Ravens with Anquan, Pats with Welker, etc.) Instead we start over again and celebrate our eternal youth. If Smith walks, we won’t get Clabo – we’ll draft and start all over again. We will loose the time money and effort that went into training AS, we will literally have wasted a top pick, we will damage the team chemistry and we will damage the development of Dalton, AJ and our running back crew. I am not saying resign AS – I think the problem was drafting him with all his red flags in the first place – but please please have a backup plan that doesn’t set us back 5 years on the RT side of the line. And let’s hope Dre is not another Rivers or another one of the many talented non-factors we’ve drafted.

    It seems to me that even though we have stopped drafting and signing criminals for the most part, we still have an issue with character guys that put the team first. Don’t get me wrong – I think the core group we have is the best quality and most exciting we’ve had since the Kenny Anderson/Boomer days. And it seems to be better than any time since the end of the 80′s. But I am going to withhold judgement until we see if AJ, Atkins, MJ (another project) and other players really stay on after their first contracts and contribute to the team that helped make them.