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  • Bengals' Vonn Bell: Falls shy of 100-stop mark

    Bell notched 97 tackles (64 solo), a half-sack, eight pass breakups, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery across 16 appearances in 2021. Bell make consistent plays on defense despite falling just short of 100 tackles on the season. The 27-year-old safety is scheduled to play out the final season of his three-year contract with the Bengals during the 2022 campaign.
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  • Bengals' Vonn Bell: Wraps up season with loss

    Vonn, who registered three tackles (one solo) in Sunday's loss to the Ravens, finished up the 2020 season with 113 tackles (67 solo), five passes defended and three forced fumbles in 16 games. In his fifth season as a pro, Vonn recorded career highs in both tackles and forced fumbles, but he didn't record a sack this year. The safety played the most amount of Cincinnati's defensive snaps this year (1,059 snaps) and will continue to be a reliable asset as he is signed throughout the 2022 campaign with the Bengals. After spending four seasons with the Saints, the Ohio State product has reached triple digits in tackles and has more than proved he is a steady fantasy factor.
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  • Bengals' Vonn Bell: Jumps on loose ball

    Bell finished with 10 tackles (seven solo), including one for loss, and also recovered a fumble recovery Sunday against the Giants. Bell not only recovered a fumble in Week 12, he also led the Bengals in tackles during the 19-17 loss. The Ohio State product has now tallied 10 or more tackles in back-to-back contests, bringing his season total to 84 stops (49 solo) through 11 contests.
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  • Bengals' Vonn Bell: Leads team in tackles

    Bell recorded 13 tackles (eight solo) and a pass defensed across 62 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to Washington. Bell continues to be the main cog in the Bengals defense this season, as he now leads the team with 74 tackles. The veteran safety has been both consistent and reliable, as he has played in 100 percent of Cincinnati's defensive snaps this year.
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  • Bengals' Vonn Bell: Records another eight tackles

    Bell made eight tackles in Sunday's 37-34 loss to the Browns. After four seasons in New Orleans, Bell has made a strong first impression in Cincinnati. The Ohio State product leads the team with 53 tackles through the first seven games, adding one pass breakup as well. Bell hasn't notched any sacks, interceptions or forced fumbles yet, but those would simply be the icing on the cake of an already steady fantasy asset.
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  • Bengals' Vonn Bell: Piles up nine tackles

    Bell posted nine solo tackles and a pass breakup in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Colts. Bell has yet to leave the field on defense this season, and after posting a season-high nine stops Sunday, he's the leading tackler in the Bengals' locker room with 45 through six games. The Ohio State product has been quite consistent this season with at least six tackles in each game, and with the starting gig comfortably in hand, Bell has a good chance to reach triple-digit tackles this year.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Strong play in fourth season

    Bell finished the 2019 regular season with 89 tackles (66 solo), two forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks, one interception and a touchdown. He also recovered five fumbles. The Ohio State product ends the final year of his rookie deal with steady numbers, as he's compiled between 83 and 89 tackles in all four years of his NFL career. Bell started all 13 of his appearances in 2019 while securing his first interception and first touchdown on a scoop-and-score against Seattle in Week 3. The safety is just one of a long list of Saints who will be free agents in 2020.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: No-go Sunday

    Bell (knee) is officially listed as out for Week 17's game against the Panthers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Bell failed to suit up in either of the final two practices this week heading into Sunday, so this news isn't surprising. With the Ohio State product sidelined, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is likely to receive the start at the strong safety position.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Does not practice Thursday

    Bell (knee) did not practice Thursday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. There were no reports Bell had suffered an injury in Week 14 against San Francisco, so it's possible this is just a rest day. The Saints still have two more practices before Monday night's game against the Colts, so the 25-year-old still has time to recover.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Scores crucial touchdown in win

    Bell accounted for nine tackles (five solo), a fumble recovery, and a defensive touchdown in the Saints' 33-27 win over the Seahawks on Sunday. Bell's highlight play came when he scooped up a Chris Carson fumble and took it 33 yards to the house for a defensive touchdown. The Seahawks believed the play was dead, but Bell played through the whistle and hit the end zone for six. The touchdown proved crucial in a tightly contested game, and it was surely a relief for a defensive unit that had a fumble recovery touchdown called back in Week 2 against the Rams.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Leads Saints in tackles Monday

    Bell finished with seven tackles (five solo) and one tackle for a loss in the Saints' 30-28 win over the Texans on Monday. Bell led the Saints in tackles Monday, and he should be in for another season of high-volume tackling. The fourth-year man from Ohio State finished second on the team last season with 88 tackles (62 solo).
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Stuffs stat sheet

    Bell recorded seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Monday's 12-9 win over the Panthers. Bell played 55 of the Saints' 58 defensive snaps, as the third-year strong safety has clearly leapfrogged Kurt Coleman (11 snaps) on the depth chart. Despite not starting most of the year, Bell still ranks second on the team in tackles (72) and should continue to be a dependable option for IDP owners.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Another strong performance as starter

    Bell had nine tackles (seven solo) and a sack in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card win over the Panthers. Bell played every defensive snap for New Orleans and led the Saints in tackles for the second consecutive week. With Kenny Vaccaro on injured reserve, the second-year strong safety should continue to be a valuable IDP option as long as the Saints remain in the playoffs. Bell and the Saints will head to Minneapolis for an NFC divisional-round showdown with the Vikings next week.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Big performance as starter

    Bell had 10 tackles (nine solo) and a sack in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. With Kenny Vaccaro placed on injured reserve, Bell started at strong safety for the Saints and responded with his best game in weeks. Bell now has 83 total tackles and 4.5 sacks on the season and should be a quality starting option in IDP leagues when the Saints host the Panthers in next Sunday's playoff game.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Plays on 18 snaps

    Bell had three tackles in Sunday's 31-19 win against the Jets. For weeks, Bell had been playing the majority of the defensive snaps for the Saints. In Week 15, however, Bell's playing time fell off a cliff, as he only saw the field for 18 of the Saints' 74 defensive snaps (24 percent). Bell still leads the team with 70 total tackles, but the sudden decrease in playing time is hard to explain and makes him a risky start for IDP owners in Week 16 against the Falcons.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Huge performance in Week 11

    Bell had 13 tackles (10 solo), a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's 34-31 win against the Redskins. With starting strong safety Kenny Vaccaro sidelined with a groin injury, Bell turned in his best performance of the season. Bell was a starter for most of last season, and while nominally a backup this year, the second-year safety still sees plenty of playing time in the Saints' frequent three-safety sets. In fact, Bell actually leads the defense in tackles this year (51 total tackles). It's uncertain when Vaccaro will return, but even once he does, Bell should continue to be a serviceable IDP option for fantasy owners.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Starts most of rookie season

    Bell had 87 tackles (61 solo), one sack, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 16 games in 2016. Bell did not play a single snap in Week 1, but the rookie's role quickly grew and he actually replaced Jairius Byrd as the Saints' starting free safety in Week 4. Byrd is a potential cap casualty this offseason, but even if he returns to New Orleans, Bell should return as the starter in 2017.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Draws another start

    Bell played 78 of the Saints' 82 defensive snaps in Week 6, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made seven tackles (four solo) against the Panthers. The rookie Bell did not play a single snap in Week 1 but has since seen his role grow throughout the young season. In fact, he actually replaced Jairius Byrd as the Saints' starting free safety in Week 4 and teamed with fellow safety Kenny Vaccaro to make one of the game's biggest plays, a forced fumble of Chargers' running back Melvin Gordon in the fourth quarter. Bell once again drew the start in Week 6 against the Panthers, and though the Saints frequently used Byrd in three-safety alignments -- a role that Bell was expected to fill this year -- it appears that Bell should continue to start over Byrd moving forward. With 25 combined tackles in only four games, Bell should be a solid fantasy option in many IDP leagues.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Bell could see playing time as third safety

    Bell has been used regularly with the first-team defense in three-safety looks during OTAs, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen frequently deployed a defensive scheme featuring three safeties last season. Although Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro are expected to start at free safety and strong safety, respectively, Bell, who excelled in coverage at Ohio State, should see plenty of playing time when the Saints switch to their three-safety lineup.
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  • Saints' Vonn Bell: Second-round pick by New Orleans

    The Saints selected Bell in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 61st overall. The Saints traded up with the Patriots to target Bell, so he must have been a coveted target. It's a slightly strange pick to make with Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd already present, but perhaps the durability issues of the latter forced the Saints to pursue better depth. Bell made 65 tackles and intercepted two passes for Ohio State in 2015.
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