May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE
Bengals cornerback Jason Allen, one of three veteran corners that the Bengals signed over the offseason (which includes Adam Jones), talks about the team's balance between youth and veteran leadership at cornerback. With Dre Kirkpatrick and Shaun Prater joining a team with Leon Hall, Nate Clements, Allen, Jones and Terence Newman, one could imagine that an explosive competition could be mean some hostility as players fight for jobs this year. That couldn't be further from the truth.
"It's a good group of guys; there's no animosity or hostility," said Allen, a first-round pick of Miami in 2006. "There's a lot of interaction out there. We're trying to get better among ourselves and we're trying to get better as a team. There's a lot of teaching going on. The thing you can't coach is experience. Terence, me and Adam have a lot of experience and I feel like having that experience and knowledge of the game helps teach the young guys."
It's hard not to notice, during Geoff Hobson's posting on Bengals.com, Terence Newman's efforts to work with the team's 2010 draft pick Brandon Ghee. Though Ghee has faced plenty of adversity through injury during his young NFL career, he appears to be a long-shot at best right now.
Cincinnati's obvious advantage having Newman and Allen, along with other players, isn't entirely the work they do on the field. It is the motivation, experience and leadership that they're already providing.