We are only four days away from the Bengals’ preseason opener and optimism remains high for the upcoming season. Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick echoed this sentiment when he went on the Rich Eisen Show.

“I see us winning 11 games. That puts us in the playoffs and that’s as far as I can go.”

The Bengals certainly have the talent to pull this off, but offensive line play has to improve. Reports from camp have demonstrated the unit is right where they should be for this time of the season: they alternate between some good days and some bad.

Inconsistent line play is a trademark for any unit learning to play together. It takes some time to develop that communication and instinct needed to play as one. The news of bad performances, like the one they had on Friday night, is only a sign of growing pains. Now, if these same inconsistencies persist in early October, then the Bengals have problems.

C.J. Uzomah Suffers Injury

Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah suffered an injury during Monday’s practice. According to the Cincy Jungle, the injury was to his foot or ankle. Medical staff had to cart him off the field after he couldn’t put any weight on his foot. So far, there hasn’t been any updates on his status.

The Bengals relied on Uzomah to fill in for Tyler Eifert last season, and he performed well. He had 25 receptions for 234 yards and one touchdown reception.