He couldn’t help himself on Saturday.
Kirkpatrick saw a perfect opportunity late in practice, during the final sequence of 11-on-11 drills. He snagged a pass thrown by Andy Dalton and returned the interception for a “touchdown.” Then he spiked the ball and hollered in celebration.
“I couldn’t resist that one. It was clean, and I knew there was no way that he could have banged my hand,” Kirkpatrick said. “Those plays I’m going to take. At the end of the day, I want to be respectful of the team policy.”
Kirkpatrick also had a pass breakup earlier in practice against Brandon LaFell.
Kirkpatrick broke his hand in May in an incident he referred to only as a “freak accident.” But it kept him out of practice for just a few weeks. Although his cast is long gone, doctors have told him to be careful not to hurt himself during training camp.
There’s a balance of cautiousness vs. competitiveness in the early days of the preseason. The coaches would prefer that the players play hard but smart, saving the crazy plays for when they really matter.
Another example of that occurred Friday, when A.J. Green made a diving catch during one-on-one drills. The catch fired up the crowd and even made coach Marvin Lewis crack a smile. But it’s not something the coaches want to see routinely.
“That’s the thing we are trying to impress on the young guys as soon as we get them for…
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