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    Jessie Bates talks with CincyJungle

    Jessie Bates excited to intercept Ben Roethlisberger and boost Bengals’ defense with turnovers

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    In an exclusive interview with Cincy Jungle, second round draft pick Jessie Bates shares what he’s looking to accomplish this season with the Bengals, what he brings to the team and more.

    By Rebecca Toback@Rebecca_Toback May 10, 2018, 7:00am EDT





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    When the Bengals selected Jessie Bates in Round 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft, the team knew it was getting a smart, talented safety who could come in
    and elevate the defense starting on Day 1 of his rookie year.


    Why? Because Bates has the playmaking ability the Bengals lacked in 2017 and the football IQ needed to not only make it in the NFL, but elevate his
    teammates when on-the-field.


    That football IQ is a big reason why Bates felt comfortable declaring for the draft following his redshirt sophomore season at Wake Forest, a year in
    which he had 77 tackles (6 for loss), 1 interception, 6 batted passes and 1 forced fumble. His 2016 season was maybe even more impressive as he
    racked up 100 tackles (3.5 for loss), 5 interceptions (2 of which went for touchdowns), 4 batted passes and 1 forced fumble.


    “I felt I had the best football IQ out of not only the safeties but the whole draft,” Bates said in an exclusive interview with Cincy Jungle. “It’s something
    I’m very comfortable with and confident in as I get into different systems. I think my football IQ has helped me a lot with the success I’ve had so far.”


    Bates made an immediate impact at Wake Forest and was runner up as Rookie of the Year in the ACC in 2016. His talents extend to special teams,
    too, where he recorded 27 punt returns for 234 yards (8.7 yard per return average) and 1 touchdown. That touchdown — a 59-yard return — was
    timely as it came in Wake Forest’s bowl game against Texas A&M, Bates’ final collegiate game. Wake Forest lost the game but Bates had 6 tackles in
    addition to the special teams touchdown, capping off an impressive college career.


    Interestingly for the Fort Wayne, Indiana native, the Bengals’ first game of the 2018 regular season will come against the Indianapolis Colts. The trip
    from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis is about two hours, which will be an easy ride for Bates’ family and friends. That game will also be preceded by a
    preseason finale against the Colts in Cincinnati.


    “First thing all my friends and family talked about after I was drafted was my first official game being at Indianapolis,” Bates said. “That’ll be pretty cool
    for me and my family members and friends.”





    While Wake Forest was an eight-hour drive from Bates’ hometown, he’ll no
    w be a short distance from home in Cincinnati — there’s a 35-minute flight, or it’s a three-hour car ride. And he’s expecting his best friend, a big
    football fan, to be visiting frequently. Who’s his best friend, you ask? His mother, Theresa Ladd!


    “She’s my mom, my coach, my best friend. All the above,” Bates said of his relationship with his mother. “She’s just amazing and I feel like if people
    met her they’d understand why. Our relationship is really close and she gives me purpose. When things get hard, I think of her. She’s my motivation
    and really important to me and my football career.”


    It’ll surely be nice to have that motivation nearby as Bates adjusts to life in the NFL. Though, it sounds like he’s going to fit in with his new teammates
    just fine.


    RELATED

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    Anonymous scouts see a “prototypical strong safety” and aggressiveness in Jessie Bates






    “I would say I’m most excited to intercept Ben Roethlisberger,” Bates said. “That’s probably most important, I think, that I pick off that guy. The
    Steelers have always been a powerhouse and now, for us, they are a rival. Rivalry games are the best games to play in and the Steelers have a lot of
    talent, a lot of guys I’ve watched every Sunday for years. Being able to compete against those guys is something I look forward to.”


    Bates is also looking forward to learning from his teammates, including fellow safeties Shawn Williams and George Iloka.


    “I think they’re both really good safeties,” Bates said. “They’re way more stockier, big hitters. I’m looking forward to working with them and know
    they’re going to help me. I’m really interested in building those relationships. I know they’re vets and have been there for a long time. I’m just going to
    try and learn and make each other better.”


    Bates measures in at 6’1”, 200 pounds, compared to Iloka who is 6’4”, 225 and Williams who is not much bigger than the rookie at at 6’, 210.


    Ahead of arriving in Cincinnati on Thursday for rookie minicamp, Bates had not yet spoken to many of his new Bengals teammates. Cornerback
    KeiVarae Russell did reach out to him as the two have a friend in common in Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith, who is also from Fort Wayne. Smith
    actually joined Bates to celebrate after the draft.


    “It seems like they’re all very welcoming and everyone is excited to work with each other,” Bates said. “I’m just very excited to learn with one another
    and build those relationships.”


    Bates is realistic about his expectations with the Bengals this year but no matter what, he wants to have an impact.


    “I feel like you cant set a goal until you know your role,” Bates said. “Once I get there and see what my role is, then I’ll set goals. But if my role is to be
    a special teams player, my goal will be to make an impact as a special teams player and play to the best of my ability. Or, if it’s just playing on third
    down, I’ll try to turn the ball over on third down. Or if it’s all three downs, try to be consistent at what I do and again, turn the ball over. So whatever it
    is, my goal will be to make an impact, wherever my role is.”


    Bates knows the Bengals lacked turnovers last year; the team had only 14 turnovers in 2017, which ranked second to last in the NFL. That’s not
    going to cut it if Cincinnati wants to return to the playoffs in 2018.


    “I think I can bring turnovers, which they lacked lat year, that’s the No. 1 thing,” Bates said of what he hopes to bring to the team. “But also
    competition to the defensive back room. To push not only myself but my teammates as well. Being able to compete and make the room better. I’m
    always going to be around the ball. Doing my job and communicating with the whole defense.”


    It sounds like the Bengals have a player with a winning attitude in Bates; it’s going to be exciting to see him on-the-field in Bengals stripes for years to
    come.


    “I’m ready to put my head down and not say too much, just get to work,” Bates said. “I want to help get the Bengals back on track and I’m really
    excited to not only play football but give back to the community and build relationships with the fans, players, coaches and community.”





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    Best football IQ in the whole draft? Not lacking in confidence, is he? Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
    Jessie Bates excited to intercept Ben Roethlisberger and boost Bengals’ defense with turnovers

    3


    In an exclusive interview with Cincy Jungle, second round draft pick Jessie Bates shares what he’s looking to accomplish this season with the Bengals, what he brings to the team and more.

    By Rebecca Toback@Rebecca_Toback May 10, 2018, 7:00am EDT





    SHARE



    Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

    When the Bengals selected Jessie Bates in Round 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft, the team knew it was getting a smart, talented safety who could come in
    and elevate the defense starting on Day 1 of his rookie year.


    Why? Because Bates has the playmaking ability the Bengals lacked in 2017 and the football IQ needed to not only make it in the NFL, but elevate his
    teammates when on-the-field.


    That football IQ is a big reason why Bates felt comfortable declaring for the draft following his redshirt sophomore season at Wake Forest, a year in
    which he had 77 tackles (6 for loss), 1 interception, 6 batted passes and 1 forced fumble. His 2016 season was maybe even more impressive as he
    racked up 100 tackles (3.5 for loss), 5 interceptions (2 of which went for touchdowns), 4 batted passes and 1 forced fumble.


    “I felt I had the best football IQ out of not only the safeties but the whole draft,” Bates said in an exclusive interview with Cincy Jungle. “It’s something
    I’m very comfortable with and confident in as I get into different systems. I think my football IQ has helped me a lot with the success I’ve had so far.”


    Bates made an immediate impact at Wake Forest and was runner up as Rookie of the Year in the ACC in 2016. His talents extend to special teams,
    too, where he recorded 27 punt returns for 234 yards (8.7 yard per return average) and 1 touchdown. That touchdown — a 59-yard return — was
    timely as it came in Wake Forest’s bowl game against Texas A&M, Bates’ final collegiate game. Wake Forest lost the game but Bates had 6 tackles in
    addition to the special teams touchdown, capping off an impressive college career.


    Interestingly for the Fort Wayne, Indiana native, the Bengals’ first game of the 2018 regular season will come against the Indianapolis Colts. The trip
    from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis is about two hours, which will be an easy ride for Bates’ family and friends. That game will also be preceded by a
    preseason finale against the Colts in Cincinnati.


    “First thing all my friends and family talked about after I was drafted was my first official game being at Indianapolis,” Bates said. “That’ll be pretty cool
    for me and my family members and friends.”





    While Wake Forest was an eight-hour drive from Bates’ hometown, he’ll no
    w be a short distance from home in Cincinnati — there’s a 35-minute flight, or it’s a three-hour car ride. And he’s expecting his best friend, a big
    football fan, to be visiting frequently. Who’s his best friend, you ask? His mother, Theresa Ladd!


    “She’s my mom, my coach, my best friend. All the above,” Bates said of his relationship with his mother. “She’s just amazing and I feel like if people
    met her they’d understand why. Our relationship is really close and she gives me purpose. When things get hard, I think of her. She’s my motivation
    and really important to me and my football career.”


    It’ll surely be nice to have that motivation nearby as Bates adjusts to life in the NFL. Though, it sounds like he’s going to fit in with his new teammates
    just fine.


    RELATED

    Q&A with Blogger so Dear: What Bengals fans should expect from Jessie Bates




    Anonymous scouts see a “prototypical strong safety” and aggressiveness in Jessie Bates






    “I would say I’m most excited to intercept Ben Roethlisberger,” Bates said. “That’s probably most important, I think, that I pick off that guy. The
    Steelers have always been a powerhouse and now, for us, they are a rival. Rivalry games are the best games to play in and the Steelers have a lot of
    talent, a lot of guys I’ve watched every Sunday for years. Being able to compete against those guys is something I look forward to.”


    Bates is also looking forward to learning from his teammates, including fellow safeties Shawn Williams and George Iloka.


    “I think they’re both really good safeties,” Bates said. “They’re way more stockier, big hitters. I’m looking forward to working with them and know
    they’re going to help me. I’m really interested in building those relationships. I know they’re vets and have been there for a long time. I’m just going to
    try and learn and make each other better.”


    Bates measures in at 6’1”, 200 pounds, compared to Iloka who is 6’4”, 225 and Williams who is not much bigger than the rookie at at 6’, 210.


    Ahead of arriving in Cincinnati on Thursday for rookie minicamp, Bates had not yet spoken to many of his new Bengals teammates. Cornerback
    KeiVarae Russell did reach out to him as the two have a friend in common in Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith, who is also from Fort Wayne. Smith
    actually joined Bates to celebrate after the draft.


    “It seems like they’re all very welcoming and everyone is excited to work with each other,” Bates said. “I’m just very excited to learn with one another
    and build those relationships.”


    Bates is realistic about his expectations with the Bengals this year but no matter what, he wants to have an impact.


    “I feel like you cant set a goal until you know your role,” Bates said. “Once I get there and see what my role is, then I’ll set goals. But if my role is to be
    a special teams player, my goal will be to make an impact as a special teams player and play to the best of my ability. Or, if it’s just playing on third
    down, I’ll try to turn the ball over on third down. Or if it’s all three downs, try to be consistent at what I do and again, turn the ball over. So whatever it
    is, my goal will be to make an impact, wherever my role is.”


    Bates knows the Bengals lacked turnovers last year; the team had only 14 turnovers in 2017, which ranked second to last in the NFL. That’s not
    going to cut it if Cincinnati wants to return to the playoffs in 2018.


    “I think I can bring turnovers, which they lacked lat year, that’s the No. 1 thing,” Bates said of what he hopes to bring to the team. “But also
    competition to the defensive back room. To push not only myself but my teammates as well. Being able to compete and make the room better. I’m
    always going to be around the ball. Doing my job and communicating with the whole defense.”


    It sounds like the Bengals have a player with a winning attitude in Bates; it’s going to be exciting to see him on-the-field in Bengals stripes for years to
    come.


    “I’m ready to put my head down and not say too much, just get to work,” Bates said. “I want to help get the Bengals back on track and I’m really
    excited to not only play football but give back to the community and build relationships with the fans, players, coaches and community.”





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    Heard him interviewed awhile back. He was talking about how his baseball background in tracking the ball helped him in football. It’ll be interesting to watch his game develop.

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    Well, he knows how to endear himself to his new fanbase. I’d sure like to see him pick off Ben too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason_NC View Post
    Best football IQ in the whole draft? Not lacking in confidence, is he? Lol.
    It may not be as far fetched as it sounds. I remember reading a breakdown of safety prospects and of the bunch Bates was considered the most scheme diverse. In fact, Bates was said to be capable of playing for any team in the NFL from Day 1 regardless of scheme. Claimed he was ready for the NFL after his freshman season at Wake Forest. Said he had 1st round ball and coverage skills but predicted he would be under drafted because he's not yet filled out physically. Thought he might take a season or two to develop into a starter but has the instincts and work ethic to contribute immediately.

    Fun fact. His final overall player ranking at DraftScout was better than Billy Price.

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