Second-year cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick got his first NFL start Sunday, and while it wasn’t as good as he’d hoped for, it was a nice learning experience:
“I knew they were going to try and come at me. As the game went on, I settled I in and I got comfortable,” Kirkpatrick said via Bengals.com. “That happens in football. He’s a little shifty. It is what it is, we’ll go back and watch it and correct it.”
“Not jitters,” Kirkpatrick said of his nerves. “Just follow your keys and worry about what is going to happen.”
Running back Giovani Bernard may be a rookie, but he’s carrying himself like a veteran as the season winds down, and he wasn’t afraid to say he and the rest of his teammates were just ‘flat’ vs. the Steelers:
“I think we were just flat. I don’t think its other teams doing this or that, Bernard said. “I think it’s just us not coming out ready to play. That has kind of been the story this season. If we come out fast, everything else will take care of itself. We will be fine. This is nothing to hang on heads over. We still have an opportunity to win this division.
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