Bengals defense shines again, forcing turnovers
Bow Mike Hilton, the symbol of that breath of fresh air defense as one of five new free agent starters if you count cornerback Trae Waynes after he was lost all last season. Hilton is the free agent cornerback who brought Pittsburgh tackles and steel-edged blitzes, not to mention a scorecard listing blunders ranging from missed assignments (MAs) to loaves as full-backs. defensive end up in a sort of kangaroo look.
Steelers cornerback Joe Haden, who has 10 wins and four interceptions in 17 games against the Bengals with Pittsburgh and Cleveland, assists another AFC North team.
“It’s just something I learned from guys like Joe Haden, who I played with for a few years. He kind of designed this good system for some guys in high school, you know asses, missions. missed, interceptions dropped, things that really show who we are, ”said Hilton. “As a defense, the high school, you want to make sure your asses and everything are as minimal as possible. So I brought that in. The guys invested in it, and I feel like it worked out well for we.”
Bates has said Hilton will be his best friend because of the things he can get back from Hilton after playing in a top-five defense. Hilton calls Bates the best security in the NFL. Even better than his former Steelers teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick. (“He’s just not getting the respect he deserves.”) Even when Hilton played for the Steelers last season in Monday night’s game, Pittsburgh lost to third quarterback Ryan Finley, Hilton could see in stripes.
“Just seeing the guys they had here. It started with Joe (Burrow). When you have a guy you can build with for the next 10+ years, it’s a really exciting feeling,” Hilton said. . “And you know, just seeing the growth of this team over the last four years that I’ve played against them. They might not get the respect we deserve, but we feel like we’re coming to this turning point. where the guys are will definitely respect us as a team. “
There are two pools for the defensive backs this training camp. A series of friendly wages goes into a pot for the DB that gets the most interceptions. Another is the Error Cat, which Hilton says hit $ 2,500 to $ 3,000 in Pittsburgh and left for a high school end-of-camp party.
It will cost you. Bates says you owe $ 20 for a “loaf”.
“It’s not that gust. The ball is on the other side of the field, you don’t have to run 54 yards to do it,” Hilton said of a loaf. “Give me a 10-meter burst or just show that you are making an effort to go to football.”