Bates recorded a team-high 111 tackles (73 solo) and seven passes defensed -- including three interceptions -- in 16 games in 2018. Bates impressed from Week 1 on after joining the Bengals as a second-round pick last year. He proved to be one of Cincinnati's best defenders, providing run and pass support consistently while playing 99 percent of the defensive snaps. He figures to be a valuable IDP player in 2019, assuming he can maintain or improve his level of play.
Bates recorded nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's loss to Cleveland. Bates has been impressive in his rookie season, putting up consistent tackle numbers each week. Through 15 games this season, he has 108 tackles (71 solo) and five passes defensed, including an interception. He'll look to finish the year strong against the Steelers in Week 17.
Bates recorded seven tackles (four solo) across 57 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Chargers. The rookie now leads the team in tackles this season with 94 (63 solo). The safety has played in 99 percent of the defensive snaps in 2018, putting him on the IDP radar for next season.
Bates recorded 11 tackles (four solo) during Sunday's 51-14 loss to the Saints. Bates led Cincinnati's defense in tackles during the Week 10 loss. The rookie second-round pick has shown continual growth throughout the 2018 regular season and will look to log another solid performance against the Ravens on Sunday.
With the Bengals releasing safety George Iloka, Bates is likely to begin the year as the Bengals' starting free safety, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. Bates brings both excellent speed and above-average ball skills to the table. He's tentatively slated to start alongside Shawn Williams as the last line of defense in the Bengals secondary.
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