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Even though the Cincinnati Bengals signed three cornerbacks in free agency, the general consensus was that the team still needed to invest a high draft pick in the position. At No.17 overall, the team selected Alabama cornerback, Dre Kirkpatrick as one of the team's cornerbacks of the future. Even though the position group is crowded, injuries, age, and a high draft designation seemingly give Kirkpatrick the inside track on one of the starting positions.
And, according to CBSSports' Paul Dehner, Jr., Kirkpatrick realizes the opportunity.
First-round CB Dre Kirkpatrick comes into a crowded cornerback position filled with five veterans and two incumbent starters (Leon Hall, Nate Clements), but wasn't timid about his desire for the 2012 season.
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He was just a high school sophomore, barely 16 years old but already a prized football prospect, and his life was changing fast.
With a child on the way, Dre Kirkpatrick's first step towards becoming the man he suddenly needed to be was getting his first job.
He chose McDonald's.
"I worked there two weeks," Kirkpatrick said. "They were supposed to make...
Because he gets burnt every now and then, we sometimes forget that Leon Hall is a good corner. We got a good reminder of how good he is in the back half of the season when he tore his Achilles tendon. Nate Clements did an admirable job at trying to maintain the level, but the performance around him lagged, illustrating the need to address the position in the offseason.
I am excited about what the Bengals’ defense could do this year. They made upgrades on a defensive line that was already pretty good, especially on the interior, which ought to benefit all of the guys behind them. The more pressure that the line can generate, the shorter time that the coverage guys have to cover.
But let’s start in the backfield with the group that concerns me...
CINCINNATI - In this age of the Internet, text-messaging and instant communication, it seems especially strange that Vontaze Burfict took the old-fashioned route -- he wrote a letter -- to contact almost every head coach and general manager in the NFL in the leadup to last month's NFL Draft.
He knew the instant information on him wasn't good.
He just wanted a chance....
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis made it clear that rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has a chance at contributing in a big way this coming season and may end up starting.
“It thought (Mohamed) Sanu was everything we expected him to be, said Lewis. ”He’s going to come in here and play as a rookie and push to start and play time. Marvin (Jones) to me...
Mohamed Sanu used a productive junior season at Rutgers, with 115 receptions for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns, to put himself into the upper tier of wide receiver prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft. But he ran just a 4.67 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and ultimately did not come off the board until the Cincinnati Bengals selected him in the third round (83rd overall)...
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Former Bengals running back Cedric Benson remains a man without a place to call home. Several weeks ago reports surfaced that the running back was hoping to replace Michael Bush in Oakland. According to Steve Corkran with the Contra Costa Times, tweets that he doesn’t see Benson joining the Raiders unless “one of the three backs get hurt.” The three backs that Corkran references...