This Bengals Starter Will Be the First to Lose His Job in 2020

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Cincinnati Bengals safety Shawn Williams' job is in jeopardy. | Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals have a lot to work on heading into the 2020 NFL season. They have their quarterback, but now it is matter of surrounding him with all of the correct tools in order to succeed. The biggest problem is their defense, which was ranked 25th overall last season.

The Bengals gave up the 12th most yards in the league, so they decided to go out and sign cornerbacks Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander as well as safety Vonn Bell to solidify the secondary. One player who underperformed significantly last season was safety Shawn Williams, who had a PFF grade of 54.4.

We can expect the Bengals will look to Bell to step in for Williams at the strong safety position at some point. Bell has been a consistent starter ever since being drafted in 2016. He started 61 games in four seasons in New Orleans. In each year of his career, he's recorded at least 80 tackles, so you can expect him to make an impact in the secondary for Cincy.

This will be a very important signing for the Bengals going forward. He brings a veteran presence and a winning mentality to a locker room that doesn't have too much of either.

At 29 and in the last year of his contract in 2020, this will likely be Shawn Williams' last season in Cincinnati. He will likely slide into a rotational role once Bell makes his presence known.