In late March, the Bengals announced the signing of six-year Giants’ veteran Kerry Wynn. Yesterday, he made his anticipated debut for Cincinnati, and there was a special story behind Wynn’s first game in Orange and Black.
Per Bengals’ senior columnist Geoff Hobson, Wynn wanted to give his grandma a special birthday present as she turned 79. Well, all she wanted was a sack and a good game. That’s exactly what Wynn delivered.
“After the game he grabbed the fumble ball from his locker, which was taped with the message, ‘I love you,’ and planned to give it his grandmother before getting on the bus. Miss Lilly Smith, who lives in Virginia, turned 79 the day before,” Hobson said.
Defensive lineman Wynn played an excellent game, fulfilling his grandmother’s wish. He recorded both a sack, which he specifically asked for, and a fumble recovery, impressing in his debut.
After five seasons in New York and just 15 starts, Wynn signed a one-year deal with the Bengals.
While there’s no guarantees for Wynn entering his sixth season given the Bengals strong defensive line, performances like this will continue to get him noticed by Zac Taylor and the Bengals’ staff.
Giving up just 13 points against Washington, Wynn was one of numerous Bengals that showed up in the nation’s capital. That said, there’s still two preseason games for Wynn to get his foot in the door.
For now, the defensive line seems set with Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, Andrew Billings and Sam Hubbard. However, Wynn’s performance against Washington may’ve at least solidified his spot as one of the premier backups on the team.
Hopefully we get a similar performance from Wynn as the Bengals get their first preseason game against his former team, the New York Giants, next Thursday.