LCB: Dre Kirkpatrick
Dre Kirkpatrick is in his contract year and is looking to solidify his spot in this Bengals lineup. He is being put under a lot of pressure however from the Bengals organization, as they drafted William Jackson III in the first round. Kirkpatrick, who finally lasted a complete season, had arguably his worst secondary year in 2015 with no interceptions, 70 tackles, and no forced fumbles.
RCB: Adam “Pacman” Jones
Adam Jones, who the Bengals re-signed to a three year deal, is one of the better shut down redzone corners in the league. Jones has a great football IQ, which will help young secondary players, but needs to control some of his fiery attitude on the field, after the Wild Card exchange with Steelers defensive coach, Joey Porter, who the league adjusted the rules for 2016 to keep position coaches off the field.
Jones had a solid 2015 campaign with three interceptions, three forced fumbles, 12 pass deflections, and 62 tackles.
LCB2: Darqueze Dennard
Dennard is heading into his third year in the league and has been fairly injury prone in his young career, both in 2014 and ’15. In his 10 games last season, he had one interception but only 20 tackles, and three pass deflection. This season is a proving ground season. If he can stay healthy and perform well, Kirkpatrick’s price tag in Cincinnati could go down to stay.
RCB2: William Jackson III
The Bengals first round draft pick has a lot to learn in the NFL but could be an influential piece late in the season, especially if this team gets banged up, like the last two seasons late. William Jackson III is a talented back with plenty of potential, but like every rookie, will need to transition his game into the NFL style. Luckily, he has a great football IQ mentor in Adam Jones, which should have the Bengals excited to see what he can do.