A look at the 3 most surprising Bengals heading into the bye week

The secondary has stepped up!
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2. Daxton Hill 

Daxton Hill is who we all thought he would be, and then some. Hill was a first-round pick last season and was an elite talent at Michigan, utilized in every way possible.

Now, with Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell out of the picture, it has allowed Dax Hill to be his authentic self, and we've all seen it with pass coverage, tackling skills, and massive hits he has laid on skill position players and even the quarterback rushing from along the edge.

However, this is expected because this is how he has always approached the game, but the level he is playing at, along with stepping into a leadership role in the secondary is a pleasant surprise. The secondary is young, as mentioned, but Hill looks more like a veteran than a first-time starter.

Hill has 30 solo tackles, which is tied for 11th in the league, and two interceptions, which ranks fifth in the NFL so far through the first six games.

1. Cam Taylor-Britt 

Cam Taylor-Britt has been one of the most impactful and surprising players on the entire Bengals roster. Taylor-Britt has seemingly stepped into a CB1 role, and Lou Anarumo is starting to trust him in one-on-one coverage against some of the game's best.

We saw him match up against D.K. Metcalf all game Sunday against Seattle and ultimately won that battle outside of one long ball he got beat on. Through six games, Britt has racked up 29 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and six pass deflections. He appeared in 100% of the defensive snaps in Sunday's win.

Cam Taylor-Britt is just in his second season, and the step he took from the end of last year, where we started to show some glimpses, to now where he is taking on top-tier talent week in and week out is very significant and exactly what the Bengals hoped he would become as years progressed. He is way above schedule and this is just the beginning.


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