The Cincinnati Bengals have put together a young, athletic, and eclectic group of corners. And Cam Taylor-Britt has established himself as the thumper. He is the guy wide receivers won’t want to go over the middle against. But he’s also getting better at sticking with receivers and turning his head at the right time.
Covering Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins in training camp has not been easy for Taylor-Britt, but really, it’s not easy for anyone. Numerous videos have emerged of him just barely coming up short. But it’s clear that he’s learning and getting closer to being able to stop the best of the best. Let’s take a look at his profile and the upcoming season.
Weight: 202 lbs.
Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Experience: two years
Taylor-Britt is in the second year of a four-year, $6 million rookie contract. This year he is set to make $975,579 in base salary.
Taylor-Britt was a second-round pick of the Bengals in the 2022 Draft, going 60th overall. He played in ten regular season games and started nine of them. But he also started all three of the Bengals’ postseason games last year.
Upon arriving in the league, Taylor-Britt demonstrated his physicality. One of his more notable plays was forcing Derrick Henry to fumble just before scoring (the ball would be recovered and scored by the Tennessee Titans) in Week 12.
He made other physical plays, like this tackle against the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card game:
As the season progressed, Taylor-Britt also developed as a pass defender, breaking up nine passes in the Bengals’ final eight games. He locked up Stefon Diggs and even intercepted Josh Allen in the AFC Divisional Round against the Buffalo Bills.
Cam Taylor-Britt continues to show why the Bengals traded up for him in the 2nd rd. He’s an exceptional tackler and week after week his coverage ability continues to improve. Britt’s stats on SunDey:— GameOn513 (@gameonjmoney) January 24, 2023
1PBU 1INT 6Tackles 2Stops 6Targets 3Grabs 20YDs 18.1PR Allowed #RuleTheJungle pic.twitter.com/p1stwXVlln
Cam Taylor-Britt up top in press vs Stefon Diggs— Anthony Cover 1 (@Pro__Ant) January 23, 2023
Despite the loss, it was another gem of a performance from Cam Taylor-Britt.— Willie Lutz (@willie_lutz) January 30, 2023
Was targeted 5 times, but allowed just 1 catch for 13 yards, plus one pass break-up.
Mahomes had a 39.6 passer rating when targeting Taylor-Britt. pic.twitter.com/SLQZ51FZsa
Outlook for 2023 season
With Chidobe Awuzie still recovering from a torn ACL, Taylor-Britt is the CB1 for now. And while he’s lost a number of battles against Cincinnati’s stellar receivers (usually Ja’Marr Chase), he’s still looked like a true cover corner on a lot of plays.
Cam Taylor-Britt in coverage on Tee Higgins on this Joe Burrow to Tee Higgins target pic.twitter.com/ShPAEK7CHV— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) July 26, 2023
The Bengals did add DJ Turner in the Draft, and he’s looked pretty good as well.
DJ Turner II been making plays like this one against QB Trevor Siemian. Special stuff. pic.twitter.com/z2nffV6x6k— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) July 28, 2023
But Taylor-Britt has done more than enough to secure his spot as the CB2 for now.
Roster odds: 100%. He’s an up-and-coming corner and likely a starter on a rookie contract. He’s not going anywhere.