One of the players I was able to talk to at the Taste of the NFL event was the young Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. The first question I had to ask was about the injury. While he did not come out and say he was back to 100%, he did say the knee was coming along fine.
I then transitioned to what kind of things he can pick up when he is injured. Kirkpatrick talked about the little things he is able to learn by watching Terence Newman and Leon Hall.
I then of coursed asked about the expectations for the season. It was at this point he smiled and said "Super Bowl". I understand that a player is not going to say "We are hoping for a playoff run and an early exit", but it is still pretty awesome when they tell you to your face that the goal is the championship. As a fan it is exciting.
Take a listen to the whole interview here. Dre Kirkpatrick Interview with WhoDey Weekly
Thanks to Dre Kirkpatrick for taking the time to talk with us at the event. The Taste of the NFL presented by theFreestore Foodbank was an opportunity for fans to connect with the coaches, players and front office for the Cincinnati Bengals. Over 40 local restaurants offered food tastings and beverages and there were silent \ live auctions for some really great items. If you are not familiar with the Freestore Foodbank this is from their site:
The Freestore Foodbank distributes over 19 million pounds of food annually. In 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, we have a trusted network of over 275 local member agencies. Member agencies include soup kitchens and shelters, food pantries, churches, daycare and senior centers, and many other community and social services organizations.