NFL commissioner Roger Goodell praised the Bengals’ decision to be featured on the HBO training camp series “Hard Knocks” next month, and talked about how it’s a great experience for an NFL team and their fanbase:
We’re talking about some kind of formal rotation where teams participate in the show on a more regular basis. Not necessarily more frequently, but on a regular basis so that it is a shared obligation and it would give more teams an opportunity to have this.
The show has been popular with our fans because it gives them an inside look at how a team operates. The Bengals have been great about inviting HBO and NFL Films in to be able to see what’s going on. And understand how a team is put together. That inside access is what the show is all about. The storylines always develop in a positive way because they get access. They’re able to understand the human emotions that are going on and the decisions that are made.
I thought it was great for the Bengals brand and for the team on a national basis,” he said. “So many of our fans got a chance to see the Bengals in a way they never saw them before.
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick’s first NFL season was effectively a redshirt year, and Chris Roling of Yahoo Sports explains why the 17th-pick of the 2012 NFL Draft must start this season in order to gain serious experience and make up for lost time:
There is plenty veterans like Hall and Newman can teach Kirkpatrick but until he gets out there on his own and is isolated with a top-tier NFL receiver he is going to be at a disadvantage.
Yes, the preseason will allow Kirkpatrick to do some of this. Also, he did play in the closest thing to the pros in the SEC while at Alabama, but until he experiences NFL speed at full blast his adjustment period will continue to move at a snail’s pace.