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Bengals take CB Kirkpatrick with 17th overall pick in first round

Dre Kirkpatrick (courtesy of Alabama via collegepressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Bengals turned to defense to start this year’s NFL Draft.

The team snagged a highly-rated cornerback for the third time in the past seven drafts selected Alabama junior Dre Kirkpatrick with the 17th pick which they obtained from the Oakland Raiders in the Carson Palmer trade.

Kirkpatrick has a hard-hitting reputation, the kind of player who’ll give the Bengals defense run support.

The knock on the Alabama product is he lacks man-to-man coverage skills and shutdown capabilities.

His bump-and-run skills are solid.

Scouts like his ball-in-the-air-attacking skills and his zone defending. He became an All-American in 2011 without having an interception.

The 22-year-old Kirkpatrick, who is from Gadsden, Alabama. He is 6’3, 192-pounds.

 

Info compiled from NFL reports & Alabama news

Bengals lose to Baltimore; make AFC playoffs as sixth seed with Clements as key figure

 

Nate Clements Bengals in 2011 (photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

Eventhough the Cincinnati Bengals lost their final game to the Baltimore Ravens, the team still will be amongst the top 6 in the AFC Playoffs next weekend as the sixth seed.

The Bengals received help on Sunday when the Jets, Raiders and Broncos all lost but they earned the wildcard spot in a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Tennessee Titans, the only other AFC team with that same record of 9-7. The Bengals beat the Titans at Tennessee in November, 24-17. That’s why every game in the NFL is important.

They’ll be traveling to Houston to play the 10-6 Texans who they lost two three weeks ago in the final seconds.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who is from the Houston area, is 3-0 in Reliant Stadium home of the Texans. He played there during his college career at TCU.

Cincinnati defied all the odds playing with a rookie QB and won 9 games even after trading away veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders.

One of the reasons the Bengals made the playoffs was the play of former Ohio State defensive back Nate Clements, who they signed in the off-season to release Johnathan Joseph who bolted for Houston after the team had a losing season in 2010.

The 32-year-old native of the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, had never made the playoffs as his career has taken him to Buffalo and San Francisco after being drafted in the first round at #21 by the Bills in 2001.

Clements felt the Bengals, even being a young team had a chance at the playoffs and he was right.

The 2011 free agent signee who has been a standout player in the Cincinnati secondary this season, missed only one game with a hamstring injury he suffered in practice on December 1.

After sitting out the December 4 Pittsburgh game, he has been back at the Left cornerback spot the past three games against Houston, St. Louis and Arizona.

Clements was not fully healed for the December 11 game vs. the Texans, and he had just one tackle in very limited action. But returned to his big-play capabilities on December 18 at St. Louis, and also on December 24 vs. Arizona.

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Clements has made big plays all season:

* On October 16 against Indianapolis, he blocked a 52-yard FG attempt by Adam Vinatieri with 5;43 to play. Also in the opening quarter of the game, he forced a fumble by Colts TE Dallas Clark.

* On October 30 at Seattle, Clements stopped a two-point try by stripping the ball from WR Ben Obomanu in the end zone.

* On November 6 at Tennessee with under four minutes to play, and the Bengals up 21-17, Clements separated TE Jared Cook from the ball and recovered it at the Titans 20. From there, the Bengals scored a field goal for the final margin of 24-17.

* On November 27 vs. Cleveland, with the score 20-20, Clements ripped the ball away from WR Greg Little for an incompletion which would’ve given the Browns a first down. It forced the Browns to kick a 55-yard field goal which missed and the Bengals started their game-winning drive on their 45-yard line.

* On December 18 at St. Louis, Clements was responsible for making four, huge third down plays that caused the Rams to punt on three of them and kick a field goal on another.

* On December 24, against Arizona, his second-quarter interception against John Skelton set up the Bengals TD drive for a 17-0 lead.

With Right cornerback Leon Hall going down with an injury a few games ago, the free agent signing of Clements has been huge for Cincinnati’s defense.

 

 

Palmer leads Oakland past reeling Chargers

 

Carson Palmer (Bengals photo)

California native Carson Palmer is starting feel right at home with the Oakland Raiders.

Palmer is starting to get into rhythm with his arm and his receivers and threw two touchdown passes and Michael Bush ran wild on the ground 30 times for a season-high 157 yards and one touchdown to help the Raiders over their AFC West rivals, the San Diego Chargers in Thursday night NFL action, 24-17. The loss makes it four in a row for the Chargers.

Palmer, who was 14 of 20 for 299 yards, threw two scoring strikes to Denarius Moore, helped the Raiders to a 5-4 record and a half-game lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West.

Philip Rivers struggled again at QB for the Chargers, passing 23 of 47 for 274 yards and was sacked six times.

Prior to Thursday night’s game, San Diego had beaten the Raiders 13 straight times.

 

Info compiled from NFL & Oakland Raiders news

Houshmandzadeh reunites with Palmer in Oakland

 

TJ Houshmandzadeh with Bengals November 2006 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Oakland Raiders have signed veteran wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a contract on Tuesday, reuniting him with his former quarterback Carson Palmer.

The two were teammates in Cincinnati for six years and both were very successful in their careers in the NFL when they were together.

Houshmandzadeh averaged 89 pass receptions per year in a five-year period with the Bengals.

The wide receiver is very familiar with Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, who was the receivers coach with Cincinnati for three years while Palmer and Houshmandzadeh were playing there.

Houshmandzadeh has had an up-and-down career since leaving the Bengals, playing for Seattle and Baltimore and trying to make New England and San Francisco.

The 34-year-old former star at Oregon State University recently had been working out in Southern California catching football’s from Palmer while both were out of work.

 

Info compiled from Oakland Raiders, NFL & TV news

Bengals finally unload unhappy Palmer; Raiders offer too good to pass on

 

Carson Palmer (file photo)

After walking out on the Cincinnati Bengals when the 2010 season ended, Carson Palmer knew after demanding a trade or not play and retire demand that he could never walk back into the locker room and face his teammates. Furthermore, he had resigned himself to the fact that the team would never trade him.

Bengals owner Mike Brown said that he would deal with Palmer in his timetable and not the player and his agent’s. Well, Brown waited 10 months, the lockout, preseason and the first six games of the season to finally dump Palmer which is good for everybody.

Palmer received the message on Tuesday morning that he had been traded to the Oakland Raiders to replace the injured Jason Campbell.

The Raiders gave the Bengals in return, a 2012 first-round pick and a conditional second-rounder in 2012 that can become another first if Oakland makes it to the AFC title game in either of the next two years.

Head coach Hue Jackson knows Palmer well, having coached him at USC and with the Bengals while as an assistant coach.

The Raiders, just like the Bengals are 4-2, became quite desperate for a quarterback after Campbell broke his collarbone in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns. Campbell had surgery on Monday and will miss at least six weeks, which left the Raiders with erratic Kyle Boller and the unproven Terrelle Pryor.

The Raiders immediately re-worked Palmer’s contract, giving him a $2.5 million guaranteed deal for the rest of the season, $12.5 million with $5 million guaranteed in 2012, $13 million in 2013 and $15 million in 2014.

Mike Brown and the Bengals organization had a tough stance towards trading Palmer who wanted out of the losing organization which has had two winning season in the past 20 years. They did not want to reward Palmer for holding out and for demanding his way.

But the Bengals management knew that the Raiders offer was too good to pass on; Cincinnati fans were upset that Palmer walked out and quit and there were some players who did not want to be identified during the preseason, did not want Palmer to return. Also, the big picture is that rookie quarterback Andy Dalton has played well with the young offensive receivers. So the trade was a no-brainer.

In the end, Palmer gets to play in his homestate of California and the Bengals get two draft choices that can help them build a consistent winner.

 

Info compiled from NFL, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Radio & TV news

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