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Dre Kirkpatrick may not be able to wrestle the starting spot opposite Leon Hall from Terence Newman in time for the season opener, but he intends to have a good go at it.
In doing so, he's turning heads.
Mike Zimmer has taken notice:
Good. Really good. He's done actually better than I thought. He knows what he's doing. He pays attention, he loves to play...I thought he'd be a lot more rusty than what he was and actually he's done way better. He makes plays on the ball, which is good. He's got the length, which helps him. He was probably humbled a little bit last year. That's not always a bad thing.
Kirkpatrick was largely M.I.A during a rookie season plagued by injuries. But, it seems that the man known as 'Swagger' is eager to live up to that name:
I have so much to prove. I just want it so bad and I’m going to be ready no matter what. I’m doing everything in my power to understand the game better, be in position, and eliminate my mental errors.
Thankfully for Dre, the hard work is paying off. That's according to WR Mo Sanu:
He’s big, physical, strong, fast, and he’s so rangy that it’s hard to get away from him sometimes. He looks healthy and explosive and he’s going to be really good for us this year.