Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick looking to take on larger role

The Jets will be facing a decent secondary this weekend without Leon Hall, their best cover corner.  So what does this mean for the rest of the Bengals secondary?

2012 first round pick Dre Kirkpatrick sees it as an opportunity.

“I feel like I have been ready,” Kirkpatrick said. “I am not going to broadcast it or get pouty about it. I am just going to continue to work, continue to practice and just go every day like it’s my last day out there.”

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Kirkpatrick would cover top receivers at Alabama. The Bengals have used him more as an extra cornerback covering receivers in the slot, something he’d never done until he got to the NFL. The Bengals have to decide how they’re going to reconfigure their secondary — safety Chris Crocker also can play as an extra cornerback.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Another first round corner from Alabama struggling to stay on the field and be a consistent corner .. hmmm …

Without Leon Hall in the game, it is going to come down to whether or not Geno Smith can take advantage of this secondary. The Jets quarterback’s ability to prevent turnovers and make plays will be key to the Jets outcome.