The Cincinnati Bengals came into the Lions game the healthiest they’ve been all year with no starters missing. Sadly, they did not leave fully healthy. The Bengals lost their premiere cornerback, Leon Hall, to an achilles tear. The Bengals have been praised for having a deep roster on paper, now it’s time to see if they are deep on the field. Enter in Dre Kirkpatrick, former 1st round pick in the 2012 draft.
While Kirkpatrick saw little playing time his rookie year and even now, it seems he must step in and step up. During the 2013 preseason, Kirkpatrick played extremely well. His worst game was obviously against the Cowboys, but the whole secondary struggled in that preseason game. We have not seen him in much playing time, but we saw a little against the Lions. He played Calvin Johnson on a TD pass, and while it was caught, Kirkpatrick played Johnson well and stuck onto him. It was a great throw with a great catch, but Kirkpatrick is going to have some learning problems. If Kirkpatrick had turned his head around, that would have been text-book coverage.
Kirkpatrick finally has his opportunity to show he can play and was worth a 1st round pick. Some fans have quickly called him a bust after a year. That’s something that they should not do. Kirkpatrick was a great prospect coming out of college, and has some things here and there he must learn, the potential is there. Adam Jones and Terence Newman are expected to be the starters, but Kirkpatrick will now have a huge role in the defense. In fact, Dre Kirkpatrick is the X factor for the Bengals the rest of the season. Not just regular season, but possible post season and even the draft.