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Former Wake Forest Safety Jessie Bates considered Bengals “Most Promising Youngster”

The safety from Wake Forest has caught the eye of many with his play in Cincy.

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Wake Forest’s Jessie Bates III continues to impress at the professional level. In his first six games, Bates leads the Cincinnati Bengals with interceptions (two) while also being second in tackles (41). Per Bleacher Report, Bates is considered Cincinnati’s “most promising youngster” (along with RB Joe Mixon).

Cincinnati Bengals rookie safety Jessie Bates has made a significant impact in his first six games, as he leads the team in interceptions (two) and is second in tackles (41). Cincinnati took the 21-year-old out of Wake Forest late in the second round, and he’s emerged as a dynamic force in the team’s secondary.

He also seems to come up big in Bengals victories. Bates’ interceptions came in two wins (versus the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens), and he had eight tackles each in Cincinnati’s two other wins (against the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons).

Between Bates and running back Joe Mixon, the Bengals have two of the NFL’s top talents under the age of 23.

Give it up for Jessie Bates, who you can follow on Twitter @jlbiii3.

Go Deacs!