It might be a small while before we know usually how critical a injuries suffered by cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones unequivocally are. What we do know is that their absence, however prolonged it might be, leaves a Cincinnati Bengals really skinny during a position that is of a pinnacle significance in a pass-happy NFL.
As skinny as a Bengals are, a pool of remaining cornerbacks in a NFL giveaway representative pool might be even thinner. But there are some possibilities, should a Bengals confirm that there is a need to flog some tires.
And there are a integrate of names accessible that are some-more than a small informed to Cincinnati. Tops on that list is former Bengal Leon Hall. Hall was drafted by a Bengals with a 18th altogether collect in a 2007 NFL Draft and starred with Cincinnati over a march of 9 years.
Although a Bengals authorised Hall to go to a New York Giants in giveaway group after a 2015 seasons, his skills as a top-tier defensive behind were still really many in evidence. On Dec 2, 2015, Hall was named a AFC Defensive Player of a Week after he accessible 6 tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown opposite a then-St. Louis Rams.
After vacating Cincinnati, Hall played in 12 games for a Giants final year, recording 29 sum tackles, an interception and dual sacks.
Another former Bengal, Chris Lewis-Harris, was sealed by a Bengals as an undrafted giveaway representative after a 2012 NFL Draft and bounced around between a use patrol a active register for a series of years.
Lewis-Harris got his many work in 2016 when he seemed in 7 games for a Bengals and accessible an interception. He was expelled in Nov of that year and immediately sealed by a Baltimore Ravens, where he seemed in another 7 games. He sealed with a Denver Broncos progressing this year and was expelled on cutdown day.
Probably a biggest name on a list of accessible cornerbacks is Darrelle Revis, who was drafted by a New York Jets in a initial turn of a 2007 NFL Draft. Revis’ skills as a tip defensive behind were so considerable that during one indicate he came to be famous as “Revis Island.”
At 32 years of age, those skills have positively run-down to some extent, though not everybody agrees that he should no longer be deliberate among a tip tier of NFL cornerbacks. Former teammate Buster Skrine told Good Morning Football that Revis “is one of a best corners to play right now. … He can still play. He should still get a good deal. we consider he’s one of a improved corners in a league.”
Of course, Revis comes with some baggage, as he was charged with 4 felonies during a travel quarrel in Pittsburgh progressing this year. All charges were eventually dismissed, though Revis has nonetheless to find a home. The Bengals are really informed with such issues and might be a ideal alighting place for a seven-time Pro Bowler.
Leodis McKelvin was drafted by a Buffalo Bills with a 11th altogether preference of a 2008 NFL Draft. He done a NFL’s All-Rookie group that year and rotated between a second and third cornerback for a Bills via many of his stay. His best deteriorate came in 2014, when he accessible 48 sum tackles, 8 pass deflections and 4 interceptions before violation his ankle in a 10th diversion of a season.
McKelvin missed a initial half of a 2015 deteriorate as he continued his liberation from a damaged ankle, though came behind in a second half to record 32 sum tackles, 9 pass deflections and dual interceptions. He was expelled by a Bills in Mar of 2016 and sealed immediately with a Philadelphia Eagles. He started 12 games with a Eagles final year 43 sum tackles, 16 pass deflections and dual interceptions, notwithstanding battling by hamstring problems for many of a season.
The final name on that list that is estimable of care is former Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields. Shields, who was sealed by a Packers as an undrafted giveaway representative following a 2010 NFL Draft, done a Pro Bowl as recently as 2014. Shields is usually 29 years aged though has suffered during slightest 4 concussions during his NFL career. He also saw his 2016 debate derailed after pang another concussion in a initial diversion of a year opposite a Jacksonville Jaguars.
Hopefully, a injuries to Kirkpatrick and Jones are minor, and both will be behind in a lineup earlier rather than later. But, if a Bengals do need to go looking for cornerback help, there are during slightest some names value articulate about.