The guys at Pro Football Focus took a look at the Bengals' biggest losses this offseason in terms of snaps lost. They did so using "Full Time Equivalent," a metric that represents the total number of missing snaps divided by the number of plays the team ran on that side of the ball.
Each team's ranking was assessed their FTE, with the first-ranked team in each category (offense, defense, and total) representing the team with the smallest portion of their playing time in need of replacement. When comparing Cincinnati's FTE to the rest of the NFL, they lost the third-fewest snaps of any team.
Overall FTE Lost: 3.29, 3rd
FTE Lost: 1.94, 12th
Biggest Losses: Jermaine Gresham (900), Mike Pollak (450), Marshall Newhouse (373)
Summary - Pollak did a respectable job filling in last year along the offensive line, but if Cincinnati can stay healthy up front, his loss shouldn't mean much. Losing Newhouse can be chalked up to addition by subtraction, as his -11.6 grade in 373 snaps won't be missed.. Gresham is the only major contributor here that won't return, but after five rather underwhelming years with the team a change of scenery is probably for the best.
FTE Lost: 1.35, 5th
Biggest Losses: Terence Newman (883), Robert Geathers (604)
Summary - The Bengals' third place in overall ranking for FTE is in large part created by keeping nearly their entire defense together. Newman was a reclamation project who put forth a few solid seasons despite getting up there in age, and at 36, the Bengals allowed him to walk. Geathers was cut after contributing to one of the least effective pass rushing units last year, turning 604 regular season snaps into just 22 total pressures.
The Bengals effectively lost three relevant players on offense with the departures of Gresham, Pollak and Newhouse. The good news is those three only played so many snaps because of injuries to guys ahead of them on the depth chart.
Newhouse played due to Andre Smith's concussion and triceps tear. Smith is expected to be back for training camp and reclaim his starting RT spot. Losing Newhouse was further negated by adding Jake fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi in the draft.
Those two additions also help offset the loss of Pollak, who started for Kevin Zeitler when he was out with a calf injury. With Zeitler back, losing Pollak isn't a big subtraction.
And as for Gresham, Tyler Eifert was set to be the featured TE in the offense before an elbow dislocation and torn shoulder labrum ended his season. If Eifert can return, losing Gresham isn't a big loss either.
On defense, the loss of Geathers is offset by the addition of Michael Johnson, who played 922 snaps in his last year in Cincinnati (2013). Getting Johnson is more than enough to negate Geathers' loss.
As for Newman, his loss should be offset by Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard getting more playing time in 2015. Newman was actually benched in favor of Kirkpatrick against the Broncos. And, Newman had a Pro Football Focus grade of -7.3 during the Bengals' final nine games, while Kirk had a -0.6 rating over that span.