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NFL Week 7: Bengals snap counts shift in big win over Browns

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We're starting to see some changes in the snap counts, such as Giovani Bernard's larger share of the running back snaps, Josh Shaw taking over at slot corner, and Vinny Rey earning additional playing time on defense, even when Vontaze Burfict is also on the field.

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The Bengals beat the Browns by 14 points on Sunday in a win that should have been even bigger if not for two missed field goals from Mike Nugent. The game saw the return of Tyler Eifert from injury, but also saw starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth leave the game due to a head injury. It was later revealed that he’s in the NFL’s concussion protocol, which he’ll need to clear quickly to make the trip to London with the Bengals this weekend. Jeremy Hill played more than he has in recent weeks, but Giovani Bernard still handled the majority of running back snaps. Here are our takeaways from the snap counts as well as the full breakdown.

  • Darqueze Dennard has officially lost his duties as the slot cornerback to second year player Josh Shaw. Shaw saw 40 defensive snaps while Dennard played 8 on Sunday.
  • George Iloka was the only defensive player to stay on the field for 100% of snaps on Sunday. The amounted to 64 snaps, or 3 more snaps than the offense played.
  • Cedric Ogbuehi was benched for parts of Sunday's game against the Browns but he did end up returning and finishing out the game, only missing 16% of the action.
  • Eric Winston and Jake Fisher both saw a share of snaps due to Ogbuehi's benching and Whitworth's injury. It would be interesting to see which of the two were to start, if Whitworth couldn't play next Sunday.
  • Tyler Eifert played exactly one-quarter of football on Sunday in his return and first game since January's Pro Bowl. He should see increased playing time next week and hopefully haul in more than one catch.
  • Will Clarke has taken a backseat to Margus Hunt for most of the season, but it was Clarke who saw more playing time on Sunday with 22 snaps compared to Hunt's 16.
  • Rex Burkhead had four rushes and one catch on one target, getting his hand on the ball all but two times he stepped on the field.
  • James Wright played nine offensive snaps and was targeted twice; he didn't make either catch.
  • Vinny Rey hadn't played much on defense since Vontaze Burfict's return in Week 4, but he did see 21 defensive snaps on Sunday as the workload at linebacker was split along with Karlos Dansby (44 snaps) and Rey Maualuga (24 snaps). Burfict played 98% of snaps (63) and even Nick Vigil saw the field for one defensive play. Rey has proven he needs to find a way onto the field and snatched the game-sealing interception.
Position Player Snap Count Percentage of Time
Offensive Line Kevin Zeitler 61 100%
Clint Boling 61 100%
Russell Bodine 61 100%
Cedric Ogbuehi 51 84%
Andrew Whitworth 54 89%
T.J. Johnson -- --
Jake Fisher 9 15%
Eric Winston 10 16%
Christian Westerman INACTIVE INACTIVE
Tight Ends Tyler Eifert 15 25%
C.J. Uzomah 14 23%
Tyler Kroft 42 69%
Quarterback Andy Dalton 61 100%
AJ McCarron -- --%
Jeff Driskel INACTIVE INACTIVE
Wide Receiver A.J. Green 52 85%
Tyler Boyd 41 67%
Brandon LaFell 57 93%
James Wright 9 15%
Cody Core INACTIVE INACTIVE
Alex Erickson -- --
Running Back Jeremy Hill 21 34%
Giovani Bernard 33 54%
Rex Burkhead 7 11%
Fullback/H-Back Ryan Hewitt 12 20%
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Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins 48 75%
Domata Peko 34 53%
Deshawn Williams INACTIVE INACTIVE
Pat Sims 29 45%
Defensive End Margus Hunt 16 25%
Will Clarke 22 34%
Carlos Dunlap 54 84%
Michael Johnson 54 84%
Linebacker Karlos Dansby 44 69%
Rey Maualuga 24 38%
Vincent Rey 21 33%
Nick Vigil 1 2%
Vontaze Burfict 63 98%
Marquis Flowers -- --
Safety George Iloka 64 100%
Shawn Williams 60 94%
Derron Smith 4 6%
Clayton Fejedelem -- --
Cornerback Adam Jones 63 98%
Dre Kirkpatrick 55 86%
Josh Shaw 40 62%
Chykie Brown INACTIVE INACTIVE
Chris Lewis-Harris INACTIVE INACTIVE
Darqueze Dennard 8 12%
Keivarae Russell INACTIVE INACTIVE