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
On Tuesday the Cincinnati Bengals launched the first of a three-day mandatory minicamp. When concluded this week the Bengals are finished with their offseason organized workouts until training camp kicks off on July 27. Carlos Holmes with the Dayton Daily News offered a couple observations from Cincinnati's minicamp practice on Tuesday, taking a specific interest in rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. He writes:
It was a day of learning for first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick. The cornerback surrendered two long touchdowns. Wide receiver Brandon Tate broke Kirkpatrick down like a double-barrel shotgun on a double-move to break free. A few plays later receiver A.J. Green streaked past the rookie to haul in a deep pass from quarterback Andy Dalton. Green’s momentum carried him through the end zone and down the tunnel reminiscent of Bo Jackson in the Monday night game against the Seattle Seahawks.
However Joe Reedy writes on a good play by Kirkpatrick against undrafted free agent Kashif Moore:
Dre Kirkpatrick nearly picked off an Andy Dalton pass intended for Kashif Moore in the end zone during a 7-on-7 drill.
These the plays we expect out of a rookie cornerback, during offseason work that doesn't allow contact nor press coverages. But these are exactly why the offseason workouts are so important, especially for rookies.