Defensive Snaps Against The Jacksonville Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09: Manny Lawson #99 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts after breaking up a pass intended for Marcedes Lewis #89 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during play at EverBank Field on October 9, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. Cincinnati won 30-20. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

What's not relevant these days is whether or not defensive players are considered starters or not. That's especially true on the defensive line, where Frostee Rucker didn't start, but played only six less snaps than Michael Johnson. It's typically always relevant to the situations and group substitutions when these guys play. People demand that Carlos Dunlap start and play every down, but considering he typically only plays passing rushing situations, it's a big reason he's leading the team with 14 quarterback pressures, nearly triple the next Bengals defender. And with only 21 snaps against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Dunlap still posted a team-high three quarterback pressures.

Taylor Mays was active for the first time this year, but didn't play any defensive snaps and safety Gibril Wilson posted a season-low three snaps -- mostly due to the fact Jacksonville played a primary rushing offense which kept Wilson off the field with limited nickel situations.

Linebacker Brandon Johnson got some work when middle linebacker Rey Maualuga left the game with a rib injury (later returned). Johnson has 17 defensive snaps all season.

Defensive Line Total Run P.Rush Coverage
Domata Peko 40 22 18 0
Geno Atkins 39 14 24 1
Robert Geathers 37 21 16 0
Michael Johnson 32 11 19 2
Frostee Rucker 26 14 12 0
Pat Sims 22 13 9 0
Carlos Dunlap 21 4 17 0
Jonathan Fanene 18 3 15 0
         
Linebackers Total Run P.Rush Coverage
Thomas Howard 58 25 3 30
Rey Maualuga 56 24 2 30
Manny Lawson 35 20 0 15
Dan Skuta 6 3 1 2
Brandon Johnson 2 1 0 1
         
Secondary Total Run P.Rush Coverage
Nate Clements 55 23 2 30
Leon Hall 56 24 0 32
Reggie Nelson 56 24 1 31
Chris Crocker 58 25 1 30
Gibril Wilson 3 1 0 2
Morgan Trent 18 3 0 15

(snap count account to Pro Football Focus)

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