The first of two Bengals 2012 first-round draft selections, Kirkpatrick hopes to play a big role this season after he was limited by injuries to five games as a rookie ... Has seen increased action of late as defense adjusts to loss of CB Leon Hall to Achilles injury … Had first career sack, then an interception, in back to back games (Games 11-12) ... Kirkpatrick was a multiple first-team All-America selection at Alabama and helped lead team in ’11 to its second BCS National Championship in his three years at the school.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has played in 10 games (Games 1-2 and 5-12), logging 10 tackles on defense and three on special teams ... Has one sack and one INT ... Inactive for Games 3-4 due to hamstring injury … Played on special teams Sept. 8 at Chicago and recorded one tackle ... One tackle on defense Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh ... Played limited snaps on defense and had one special teams tackle Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Two tackles on defense Oct. 20 at Detroit, seeing increased action after injury to CB Leon Hall ... Two tackles Oct. 27 vs. the Jets ... One tackle on defense and one on special teams Oct. 31 at Miami ... One tackle and one QB pressure Nov. 10 at Baltimore … Two tackles Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, and logged his first career sack, one-yarder of Jason Campbell ... Won a 50-50 ball from Pro Bowl TE Antonio Gates at Bengals 25 in the third quarter Dec. 1 at San Diego, and Bengals responded with TD drive to take lead for good at 14-7.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2012 NFL Draft (17th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-18-12.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2012—Played in five Games (Games 8-12) ... Had two tackles on defense and two on special teams ... Missed all four preseason games, as well as Games 1-7 of regular season, due to a knee injury ... Inactive for Games 13-14 due to a concussion suffered Dec. 2 at San Diego, and was inactive for Game 15 due to a recurrence of the knee problem ... Not on the roster for Game 16, as he was placed Dec. 25 on Reserve/Injured list ... Made NFL debut Nov. 4 vs. Denver, playing on special teams ... Saw first defensive action of his career late in the game Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants (no statistics), replacing injured CB Adam Jones ... Saw his first extensive action on defense Nov. 18 at Kansas City, logging two tackles ... Had one special teams tackle Nov. 25 vs. Oakland.
COLLEGE: Played three seasons (2009-11) at Alabama, helping Tide to 36-4 record that included BCS national championships in ’09 (14-0 record) and ’11 (13-1 record) ... Played in 38 games, with starts in 25 contests (12 as a sophomore and 13 as a junior) ... Totaled 91 tackles, three INTs, 16 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a TD on a blocked punt return ... Started all 13 games as a senior for unbeaten BCS national champs ... Had no INTs as a senior (nine passes defensed and two forced fumbles), but analysts recognized opponents’ reluctance to throw in his area, and he still earned first-team All-America honors from Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly, along with second-team nod from Associated Press.BRINGING THE 'SWAG': At Alabama, Kirkpatrick’s confident playing style earned him the nickname “Swag,” as in swagger. “It’s an attitude,” Kirkpatrick says. “It’s a brand. It just makes you feel good. You can’t teach it. I like to have a lot of swag about what I do, confidence in what I do. When you see me out there, you don’t have to worry about, ‘Is he nervous?’ I’m not nervous, because I know what I’m supposed to do, and I trust my technique.”
Adam Jones broke down and wept when he saw what happened to Leon Hall early in Sunday's game in Detroit. Then he saw fellow cornerback Terence Newman crying and it got even worse.
This is one of the reasons defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is known as one of the best secondary coaches around, which was his job his first seven seasons in the NFL.
If cornerback Leon Hall is The General of the secondary, then safety Reggie Nelson is The Admiral and Admiral Nelson was pleased with how the defense communicated against the Falcons on Monday.
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has his pass intercepted by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and returned for no gain.