This is largely in part because of Jessie Bates and the star he’s become during his three seasons with the Bengals but he can’t do it on his own. Vonn Bell has proven to be worth the money and is a nice partner for Bates in the secondary at the safety position.
Here’s what the Cincinnati Bengals’ safety depth chart looks like entering training camp.
Safety doesn’t have a lot of depth to it and that’s because it’s not exactly the most riveting position on the field. Bates and Bell give the Bengals a lot of insurance here with both guys starting all 16 games a season ago. Bates has yet to miss a start in his career while Bell missed three games in 2019 with the Saints.
As for the backups, Wilson has mostly made his name as a return specialist, returning one kickoff for a touchdown in each of the last two seasons. That’s where he’s shined the brightest but that isn’t the only area the Bengals use him in, as he appeared in 15 games last year on defense as well.
Henderson, a former UDFA out of Hawaii, has spent the past two seasons with the Bengals and has appeared in eight games. He hasn’t done much on the defensive side of the ball but that’s because he really hasn’t been called upon much.
Frazier signed with the Bengals in free agency after playing for the Cowboys for four years and the Dolphins for one year. The Bengals shouldn’t expect much out of Frazier this year, if anything, and honestly, that’s a good thing because it means that both Bates and Bell are healthy.
As I mentioned previously, the Bengals have a good thing going at the safety spot, as Bates is one of the best safeties in the game and Bell is the perfect complement to him. These two, along with the new faces at the cornerback position, should help the Bengals’ secondary improve in the 2021 season.