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NFL Week 8: Bengals snap counts vs Redskins see Josh Shaw takeover Darqueze Dennard's role

Tyler Eifert is back! Josh Shaw is emerging as a key player for the Bengals. The defensive line continues to change up playing time, as does the linebacker position. And, despite getting injured, Vontaze Burfict played 95% of snaps in London.

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The Bengals played a season-high number of snaps on both offense and defense in their tie with the Redskins. That's typically what happens when you need to play a full extra quarter of football. The offense was on the field for 35 minutes and 18 seconds, which amounted to 88 plays, while the defense was on the field for 39 minutes and 42 seconds, which gave them time for 91 plays. Here are some takeaways from the snap count and the full breakdown on offense and defense.

  • Tyler Boyd played 82% of offensive snaps on Sunday and he's now consistently playing the large majority of snaps each week. In the passing game, Boyd was targeted 7 times, of which he caught 5 passes for 38 yards. He's still waiting on his first touchdown catch of the year.
  • Giovani Bernard played 55% of offensive snaps while Jeremy Hill played 44%. But, Hill received nearly double the rushing attempts (20 to Bernard's 11) and each running back was only targeted once in the passing game, with Hill's target coming on the Bengals' opening drive.
  • Ryan Hewitt is still being under-utilized and played just 16% of snaps on Sunday in London.
  • On the defensive line, Domata Peko saw 52 snaps on defense, good for 57%, while Pat Sims was limited to 20% of snaps and Margus Hunt to 13%. It seems Will Clarke has proven his worth over Hunt as Clarke played 43 snaps on Sunday in London (47%).
  • At the linebacker position, the snaps have begun to be shared more so than they were toward the beginning of the season. Karlos Dansby played 59% of snaps, Rey Maualuga 25% (he was also injured during the game and missed some time, but returned), Vincent Rey played 46% and Vontaze Burfict 95%, despite also getting injured during the game.
  • Josh Shaw played 74% of defensive snaps, far more than Darqueze Dennard who played just 10% of the game on defense. Dennard's stock has never been lower, and that's becoming increasingly clear.
Here's the full snap count breakdown for the Bengals on offense and defense from their tie with the Redskins in London:

Position Player Snap Count Percentage of Time
Offensive Line Kevin Zeitler 88 100%
Clint Boling 88 100%
Russell Bodine 88 100%
Cedric Ogbuehi 59 67%
Andrew Whitworth 88 100%
T.J. Johnson -- --
Jake Fisher 3 3%
Eric Winston 29 33%
Christian Westerman INACTIVE INACTIVE
Tight Ends Tyler Eifert 74 84%
Tyler Kroft 19 22%
Quarterback Andy Dalton 88 100%
AJ McCarron -- --
Wide Receiver A.J. Green 81 92%
Tyler Boyd 72 82%
Brandon LaFell 83 94%
James Wright 5 6%
Alex Erickson 1 1
Running Back Jeremy Hill 39 44%
Giovani Bernard 48 55%
Rex Burkhead 1 1%
Fullback/H-Back Ryan Hewitt 14 16%
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Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins 79 87%
Domata Peko 52 57%
Pat Sims 18 20%
Defensive End Margus Hunt 12 13%
Will Clarke 43 47%
Carlos Dunlap 78 86%
Michael Johnson 74 81%
Linebacker Karlos Dansby 54 59%
Rey Maualuga 23 25%
Vincent Rey 42 46%
Nick Vigil -- --
Vontaze Burfict 86 95%
Marquis Flowers -- --
Safety George Iloka 91 100%
Shawn Williams 91 100%
Derron Smith -- --%
Clayton Fejedelem -- --
Cornerback Adam Jones 91 100%
Dre Kirkpatrick 90 99%
Josh Shaw 67 74%
Chris Lewis-Harris -- --
Darqueze Dennard 9 10%