Defensive end Jonathan Fanene and defensive tackle Geno Atkins are tied for the team lead with two quarterback sacks each this year through three games. During his previous 21 games played, including 12 starts, Fanene has posted eight quarterback sacks, second only to Carlos Dunlap during that timeframe amongst players still on the team's roster. And as far as Fanene is concerned, he doesn't care one bit.
"I don't want to be an individual teammate. Stats is stats but my personality and my attitude is I want to win. And I want to win as a team. It doesn't matter who makes the big plays on Sunday."
Fanene has nine sacks during a career that stretches back to the 2005 regular season, which includes an interception, touchdown and 58 games played. The Bengals love Fanene's versatility, especially as a rusher inside during passing downs.
However through three games this year, Fanene is tied for the team lead with most stops (defined as solo tackles that result in an offensive failure including quarterback sacks) and third with four quarterback pressures; Carlos Dunlap has six pressures, leading the team with Geno Atkins posting five.