Jul 28, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) watches drills during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
That’s certainly no lie. Kirkpatrick didn’t play much last year. His 61 snaps last night eclipsed the 42 snaps he got all of the last season, including the preseason. The cold-hard truth is that Kirkpatrick is basically a rookie still. We can talk about him being with the team and getting all of those “mental” reps all we want, but in the NFL, reps on the field outweigh everything, and thus far, Kirkpatrick doesn’t have enough of those to warrant even being a top-4 CB on this team.
Still, he had a world of potential that will likely take another year or two for him to realize. Patience will be they key with Kirkpatrick going forward.