The Bengals have been looking for a play-making safety ever since Reggie Nelson left the team. Coaches hoped that Shawn Williams would be able to fill the void, but he has been unable to generate the turnovers needed. On top of that, Williams and George Iloka have both had issues with injuries and staying on the field. In the draft, the Bengals added Jessie Bates III who will not only improve the depth at the position in case of injury, but will also help generate more turnovers. He is a pretty interesting guy off-the-field, too, who absolutely loves the sport of football.
Lets get to know Bates!
1. Bates’ football IQ is off-the-charts. He wants to be the smartest player on the field at all times.
Some of the most important aspects for a high safety to succeed are how smart he is and how much he studies film.

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