One former Nebraska football star hasn’t had the start to the season he’d hoped for, but that was wiped out on Sunday afternoon.
Cam Taylor-Britt’s emergence as a great NFL cornerback continued on Sunday evening as the former Nebraska football star notched a pair of firsts for his NFL career. It could be the beginning of the defensive back’s next step.
Taylor-Britt missed the start of his rookie season due to a preseason injury but once he returned for the Cincinnati Bengals he exploded on the scene as one of the best defensive rookies in the league.
Despite the solid performance in his rookie season – 55 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 6 passes defended – there were a couple things he didn’t do in 2022. He can now cross them off his list in 2023. On Sunday evening against the Arizona Cardinals, the former Nebraska football star notched his first NFL interception and first NFL touchdown, on the same play.
His first career interception for a touchdown came when the Bengals needed a lift. The Cincy offense, which has been off-kilter all season, was just stopped on a goalline stand by the Cardinals.
Arizona had all the momentum, holding a 14-10 lead that it was looking to take into halftime. Then Taylor-Britt worked his magic and suddenly his team grabbed a 17-14 lead. They went on to win 34-20.
Ex-Nebraska football star has career firsts
On the game, Taylor-Britt’s stats were mostly about keeping the ball out of his man’s hands, so he only had one tackle, but he did also have two passes defended, showing one of the reasons why he’s becoming one of the best young corners in the league.
He has a bit of an up and down season so far this year. The ex-Nebraska football star has a total of 21 tackles and has allowed just a 61.1 percent reception percentage when his man is targeted. However, in the two games before Sunday’s win, he’d struggled, allowing a 75 percent completion percentage.
Over the course of his Nebraska football career, Cam Taylor-Britt had 140 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 22 passes defended, including 11 PDs in his final season in Lincoln.