CINCINNATI (AP) - Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was matched on All-Pro receiver A.J. Green during one of the first plays of Bengals training camp. Green took off and Kirkpatrick stayed right with him, breaking up the long pass.
This is what Cincinnati has waited a year to see.
The Bengals took Kirkpatrick with the 17th overall pick last year, thinking he could grow into a starting role pretty quickly. He hurt his left knee while working out last summer, forcing him to miss all of training camp and the first seven games. He played in five games before a concussion and more knee problems ended his season.
Kirkpatrick says his rookie season was depressing because he couldn't play. The knee is fully healed and he's trying to earn a regular role on the defense.
Advertisement

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Steelers vs. Saints Preseason Pick The line has jumped two full points in tonight's preseason matchup between the Steelers and Saints at 8:00PM ET. Will tonight be...
Thumbnail Patriots vs. Panthers Preseason Pick Will the Panthers cover as home favorites tonight at 7:30PM ET when they host the Patriots in the teams' "dress rehearsal?"
Thumbnail Packers vs. 49ers Preseason Pick With Aaron Rodgers stepping on the field, can he lead the Green Bay Packers to a road win over the San Francisco 49ers tonight at...
Thumbnail Bills look to win in Washington The Buffalo Bills look to have another strong defensive showing when they face the Washington Redskins at 7:30PM...
Thumbnail Falcons vs. Dolphins Pick Will the Falcons stay undefeated this preseason when they visit the Dolphins tonight at 8:00PM ET?
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages