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Twitter reactions to the Bengals signing safety Vonn Bell

Twitter reactions to the Bengals signing safety Vonn Bell

The Bengals make another big splash in free agency (honestly can’t believe I’m actually writing that. This time the secured a budding star at safety in former-Saint Vonn Bell.

This move helps prove the obvious point of Cincinnati coming into free agency focused on fixing their awful defense from last season.

What were the instant reactions to this signing though?

Continued disbelief

There is no way any Bengal fan could have predicted we see this flurry of spending from Cincinnati. At best, maybe they add a few contributors, but Bell is yet another starter for this team, and who know if the moves are even done yet.

An actual gasp came out of my mouth… Vonn Bell signing with the #Bengals as the team continues an overhaul of the secondary before the draft even begins.

— Rebecca Toback (@Rebecca_Toback) March 25, 2020

By my count, #Bengals have added the following outside free agents over the past week:

DT D.J. Reader

CBs Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander, DeShaun Sims, Winston Rose, Tony Brown

S Vonn Bell

LB Josh Bynes

WR Micheal Thomas

OL Xavier Su’a Filo

— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) March 25, 2020

This is how you attack and utilize FA. Kudos to the Bengals’ FO! Draft completely opened up.

— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) March 25, 2020

what the shit is going on with this bengals front office man

— Jake (@Jake_NFL) March 25, 2020

And they are doing it differently. Getting younger guys in their prime.

— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) March 25, 2020

Bengals DBs landed during free agency:

CB Trae Waynes

CB Mackensie Alexander

CB LeShaun Sims

S Vonn Bell

— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) March 25, 2020

Not even kidding today I was like, “Man, it would be nice if Cincy were to get Vonn Bell.”

Where was this management years before?

— AvidCincyFan (@avidcincyfan) March 25, 2020

Give Zac Taylor and his staff a full offseason and see 2020. 4 weeks from tomorrow they’ll add a quarterback coming off one of the biggest college football seasons.

— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) March 25, 2020

Vonn Bell to the Bengals is the birthday present I needed

— Jacob McMillan (@Jmcmillan0325) March 25, 2020

The #Bengals have spent serious money in FA — DT DJ Reader, CB Trae Waynes, Xavier Su’a-Filo, CB Mackensie Alexander, LB Josh Bynes. Now add Vonn Bell to the big-money haul. https://t.co/ZuZPQrVE21

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 25, 2020

Another good signing by the Bengals. They’ve really shored up their defense this offseason with Alexander, Waynes and now Bell for their secondary, and Reader and Bynes in the front-7. Draft will address offense, starting with Pick No. 1. https://t.co/nOeLblSUap

— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 25, 2020

I’m old enough to remember when everyone freaked out because the Bengals didn’t make any moves after one day of legal tampering pic.twitter.com/Fj0qxmXoXc

— Nick Manchester (@NickManchester9) March 25, 2020

Instant analysis

There seems to be some debate over how Bell will be utilized in Cincinnati. Some feel like this allows Shawn Williams to play in the box more. Others think Bell will be the box safety, and there is also the idea that Williams could be on the way out. We also get a what some analysts view as Bell’s strengths and weaknesses.

bell is an upgrade over williams in the role that they asked williams to play last year. williams has played his best in the past when he can come downhill from a deep-half alignment.

3 years for bell *probably* means they’re thinking about moving on from williams next year.

— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) March 25, 2020

I’ve been accused of being too negative on Shawn Williams last few years. Interested to see if they keep him with Bell or if he’s on the bubble now.

— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) March 25, 2020

Shawn Williams is nearly 4 years older and has only played 400 more snaps in his career than Bell.

But for a comparison on those coverage stats.

Williams: 72.3% completion, 12 TDs, 12 INTs

Bates: 64.2% completions, 4 TDs, 6 INTs

— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) March 25, 2020

Bell: run defense grade of 85+ in each of the past two seasons

— PFF (@PFF) March 25, 2020

I’ve been on the Vonn Bell train for a while now! Good box safety, who I believe can improve in pass defense. Bengals continue to re-tool the defense! https://t.co/Ppa25Vi6bn

— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) March 25, 2020

New #Bengals S Vonn Bell had a 64.6 PFF score in 2019. He had 77 total tackles, 1 interception, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles last year.

Only has the 1 INT in career, along w/14 total passes defended. However, it seems as if he’s played both safety spots & even CB a little.

— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) March 25, 2020

but that’s not where you want him.

people forget that bates played his best at wake forest as a cover 2 safety. he didn’t play a lot of single high there.

i think if you have bates and williams splitting the field and bell in the box, everyone plays their best. https://t.co/FSL0FnW9tk

— john sheeran (@John__Sheeran) March 25, 2020

I’d rather the Bengals not lean into Shawn Williams the LB and just smartly draft LBs. There’s time.

— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) March 25, 2020

Special welcome from a fellow Buckeye

Sam Hubbard has been busy this offseason supposedly recruiting Joe Burrow into feeling like Cincinnati is changing its stripes, and now he was quick to welcome back to Ohio another former teammate in Bell. Has to make the Buckeye fans feel pretty good to see the Bengals giving this much love to their team.

Vonn Bell is returning to Ohio to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, who now lead the NFL with five former Ohio State players: Bell, Sam Hubbard, Michael Jordan, Billy Price and Isaiah Prince. https://t.co/Hju9Uc0Gqk

— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) March 25, 2020

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