Cincinnati Bengals matchups to watch
Trae Waynes vs. Odell Beckham Jr.
In a case of synchronicity, Trae Waynes is the eighth highest-paid corner in the NFL and Odell Beckham Jr is the eighth highest-paid wide receiver in the league. Unfortunately, Waynes did not have a chance to play last year due to injury. Beckham Jr. also dealt with injuries and only played in seven games.
Waynes is looking to show that he is indeed a top ten corner in the NFL. What better way to do that than to be able to cover man-to-man one of the most electrifying receivers in the NFL when healthy? Beckham Jr. has very little to prove but is surely looking forward to showing that he is still one of the league’s best receivers.
It will be interesting to see how defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo chooses to deploy Waynes this year. Hopefully, Waynes can be the type of defensive back that the Bengals can rely on to follow receivers the caliber of an OBJ throughout a game.
This is precisely why the Bengals signed Waynes and he’ll have to show he was deserving of that money when he goes head-to-head with Beckham twice this year.