It didn’t take the Cincinnati Bengals too long to address their situation at safety after losing Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell in free agency.
Former seventh-round pick Nick Scott signed a three-year deal with the Bengals last week giving the team versatility at the safety spot with himself and 2022 first-rounder Dax Hill.
Scott represents the dawn of a new era of safeties in Cincinnati, and he went into detail about what he brings to the table.
“When I’m on that field you can expect three things from me; that’s that I play hard, I hit hard, and I’ll never put myself in front of the team,” Scott said.
That mentality is what got Scott to where he is now in his career.
Scott only logged 208 snaps in his first two seasons. When the Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl in 2021, ironically against the Bengals, Scott started to establish himself as a viable NFL safety with 47 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defended.
There was one particular play during the Rams’ run to the Super Bowl that stands out for Scott.
In the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers, Scott laid a huge hit on wide receiver Deebo Samuel just before halftime. A flag was thrown originally, but it was picked up after further review.
That led to Scott getting the nickname, “Brick”.
“I got one nickname that I kind of got after the playoffs which is ‘Brick Scott’. They call me brick because there’s a scene where Deebo gets knocked out by a brick. If you guys have seen that hit that I had on Deebo in the playoffs that’s how I got the nickname,” Scott said.
What. A. Hit! ????
Nick Scott lays a HUGE tackle on 49ers’ Deebo Samuel.
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— ESPN Australia & NZ (@ESPNAusNZ) January 31, 2022
2022 was Scott’s coming out party. He started 16 out of 17 games (only had one start in his first three seasons) and registered 86 tackles, two interceptions, five passes defended, and two forced fumbles.
All of those statistics either set or tied career highs for Scott.
Bengals fans won’t have to search to find out what Scott is all about because he gave a scouting report on himself.
“I’m fast, I’m physical, I like to make plays,” said Scott. “I like to get the crowd excited, I like to get my teammates hyped, you know, celebrate them. I play 100 miles an hour all the time.”
Under defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, the Bengals’ defense adopted a nickname for themselves, “The Clean Up Crew”. This started during the 2021 season with cornerback Chidobe Awuzie and the aforementioned Bates with special handshakes and celebrations after big plays.
Scott spoke about his feelings on the nickname and what it means to be a part of it.
“Clean up crew, I like that a lot,” Scott said. “You can always rely on them. When stuff gets messy, throw those DB’s out there, they’re going to tighten everything up and put the offense and the team in a good situation. So, I guess I’m the newest addition to the clean-up crew.”
There’s little doubt that he’ll be accepted with open arms.
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