The 2016 Cincinnati Bengals lost a number of close games because the offense was unable to make key plays late in games.
That theme resurfaced somewhat Saturday, which is one of our three observations from the second day of training camp.
The offensive had its way with the defense for much of Saturday’s practice, with quarterback Andy Dalton repeatedly connecting with Brandon LaFell and A.J. Green all over the field in addition to hitting Cody Core on a deep ball after the second-year receiver got behind Adam Jones.
Among the few highlights for the defense were a couple of pass breakups by Dre Kirkpatrick. Then came the final session of 11s, when on the third play Kirkpatrick stepped in front of LaFell for a pick-6 against Dalton.
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Three plays later, William Jackson nabbed his second pick-6 in as many days, jumping in front of Alex Erickson to grab a poor pass from AJ McCarron, who was rushed into the throw on a blitz by George Iloka.
Kirkpatrick, who missed a portion of OTAs with a fractured hand, said doctors told him not to put his hands on the ball early in camp.
“At the end of the day it was natural instinct,” he said. “We’ve got great receivers. They’re making good plays. They’re making us compete every day, and just going out there making plays that’s my job.”
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