As the Cincinnati Bengals get closer to their first day of training camp, second-year cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick must prove that he can stay healthy and that he deserves to start over Adam Jones and Terance Newman.
Has there ever been a guy that played for a national champion (Alabama), got drafted in the first round (17th) and was never heard from for an entire year? Injuries obliterated Kirkpatrick’s rookie season right from the start last year and the Bengals are hoping that sitting him out all spring is going to be all he needs to get back.
He’s scheduled to be back at that first practice, but he’s got some road to go to get playing time with Leon Hall,Terence Newman and Adam Jones entrenched as the first three cornerbacks. Kirkpatrick has missed a lot of practice, but he’s confident he can adapt his bump-and-run skills to Mike Zimmer’s system.