3 Bengals Players who could be on the Next NFL All-Decade Team

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OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 17: Free safety Jessie Bates #30 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 17-10. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 17: Free safety Jessie Bates #30 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 17-10. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

Jessie Bates entered the league at just 21-years-old. Two years in, he’s shown he still hasn’t reached his peak yet. His youth and ability to continue to grow give him perhaps the best chance of any Bengals defensive player to reach the pinnacle of NFL honor. Considering he’s already amassed 211 tackles, 6 interceptions, and 16 passes defended, there’s reason to believe he’s on the brink of becoming a bonified star in the league.

He’s got the type of range and ball skills that will ensure he puts up solid numbers that could eventually lead to an all-decade consideration. The best part is, he isn’t afraid to step up and make a tackle in the box either, which will further boost his stats.

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It’s evident he’s very intelligent as well, as he’s shown the ability to trick quarterbacks into making mistakes in his very young career. As the Bengals begin to add pieces to their defense in an attempt to return to their once stifling presence, expect Bates to be in the very center of it all. If he can lead that side of the ball back to relevance, he has a shot of earning the honor.

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