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2. Adam Jones
Adam Jones has been a complete competitor and game changer for the Bengals defense and on special teams throughout the first six weeks of the season. A vocal leader on the field, Jones was promoted to starting cornerback in training camp and here is why he is a player to watch in this pivotal matchup.
Jones has been the most physical defender in the Bengals secondary by recording 29 solo tackles which ranks second amongst the team. Jones also leads all Bengals defenders with two interceptions and six pass deflections, he also has the Bengals’ only forced fumble on the season.
In Week 5, when the Bengals trailed the Seattle Seahawks 24-7 entering the fourth quarter, Jones sparked the Bengals comeback with a 35-yard punt return which led to Eifert’s second touchdown of the day. Jones also fueled the Bengals with a 19-yard punt return in overtime which eventually led to the game winning drive that ended in a field goal.
Jones will have his hands full covering a pair of dynamic Steelers receivers in Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. If he is able to supply successful lock down coverage on defense and have a few returns to give the Bengals offense good field position, he will likely be a game changer in yet another crucial contest.
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