Trae Waynes expected to make Cincinnati Bengals debut vs. Jaguars

Trae Waynes, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Trae Waynes, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals gave Trae Waynes a lot of money last offseason and to this point, he’s played a whopping zero games for them. That finally changes this week, as Waynes is expected to suit up and play his first game with the organization who signed him to a three-year deal last offseason. He’s been a disappointment, for sure.

After getting injured last offseason and missing the entirety of the 2020 season, Waynes is finally looking like he’s ready to take the field in his new uniform.

This couldn’t come at a better time either, as Cincinnati won’t have safety Jessie Bates and cornerback Chidobe Awuzie is listed as doubtful on the injury report. With no Awuzie at the helm, the Bengals are thin, but Waynes being present puts them in the same situation they were before essentially.

Trae Waynes is going to start for the Cincinnati Bengals… finally.

Cincinnati’s defense has played incredibly well to start the season but their secondary has had its moments for sure. Eli Apple hasn’t been very good, to say the least, while Awuzie has more than held his own. Losing the former Cowboys corner for this game is big but hopefully Waynes makes his presence felt immediately.

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The good news is that the Bengals are going against rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who hasn’t looked so hot three games into his career so hopefully the secondary is able to lock things down and make things difficult for Lawrence.