4 players not named Joe Burrow the Bengals can’t afford to lose to injury
2. Chidobe Awuzie
The Bengals’ secondary played much better than what fans were expecting last year and Chidobe Awuzie was a big reason why. Awuzie also joined the team in free agency last offseason and he was a tremendous addition to the secondary.
Awuzie finished the season with a PFF grade of 83.3, giving Cincinnati the number one cornerback they so desperately needed. He was solid during the regular season but then during the playoffs, he dropped off quite a bit.
Even with the dropoff, Awuzie is a huge part of this defense and the Bengals need him to stay healthy this year. They drafted Daxton Hill and Cam Taylor-Britt to help out in the secondary and also re-signed Eli Apple for another year but Awuzie is easily the best cornerback on the team.
With how pass-happy the NFL is these days, the Bengals need Awuzie to stay healthy if they want their defense to remain strong.