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NFL Week 12 Bengals Snap Counts: Injuries spark change throughout roster

A few young Bengals got a chance to see the field on Sunday, something that's rarely happened during the Marvin Lewis era.

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The Bengals took on the Ravens with a revised gameday roster. The team was missing A.J. Green, Giovani Bernard, two safeties and the starting long snapper. With those changes, snap counts shifted in interesting ways, with some expected changes and some surprising ones. Here are our takeaways from the Bengals' Week 12 snap counts:

  • Russell Bodine was benched for two series and T.J. Johnson filled in at center. Johnson played 15 snaps, including every snap on the Bengals' lone touchdown drive on Sunday.
  • Cedric Ogbuehi was also replaced on Sunday by Eric Winston. Winston edged out Ogbuehi by one snap.
  • Tyler Eifert played 88 snaps and was targeted 11 times during the game. He caught 5 passes for 68 yards including 1 touchdown.
  • At wide receiver, Brandon LaFell played the most snaps followed by Tyler Boyd, James Wright, Alex Erickson and then Cody Core.
  • Rex Burkhead essentially took over Giovani Bernard's role, playing 38 snaps, one more than Jeremy Hill. He did an admirable job in his first significant NFL action.
  • Ryan Hewitt continues to be underused, though he did record his first catch of the season on Sunday. He played just 15 snaps against the Ravens on offense.
  • At defensive tackle, Domata Peko continued to play far too many snaps (60%).
  • At defensive end, Margus Hunt saw his workload nearly disappear as he played just 4% of the snaps. Wallace Gilberry played 47%, making it crazy to think he was a free agent signed off the street just a few weeks ago.
  • At linebacker, rookie Nick Vigil saw only two snaps. The Bengals could probably afford to give Vigil a few more of Karlos Dansby's snaps. Dansby played 62% of defensive snaps on Sunday.
  • Safety saw the biggest change up this week as Shawn Williams and Derron Smith were both inactive with injuries. Josh Shaw got his first NFL start, at safety, and played 90% of defensive snaps. He did come out of the game for a few snaps due to an ankle injury, but returned to finish out the game.
  • While Shaw was sidelined, rookie Clayton Fejedelem took 9 snaps and actually played surprisingly well, including recording three solo tackles, one of which was for a loss.
  • At cornerback, Darqueze Dennard played mostly in the slot, recording 50 snaps. Both Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick played 67 snaps, or 99% of the time the defense was on the field.
  • Rookie cornerback Keivarae Russell also played his first (and only) snap of the season on defense. Sunday's game was the first time he's been on the gameday roster all year.
Here is the full offensive and defensive snap count breakdown:

Position Player Snap Count Percentage of Time
Offensive Line Kevin Zeitler 75 100%
Clint Boling 75 100%
Russell Bodine 60 80%
Cedric Ogbuehi 37 49%
Andrew Whitworth 75 100%
T.J. Johnson 15 20%
Jake Fisher 3 4%
Eric Winston 38 51%
Christian Westerman INACTIVE INACTIVE
Tight End Tyler Eifert 66 88%
Tyler Kroft 21 28%
Quarterback Andy Dalton 75 100%
AJ McCarron -- --
Wide Receiver A.J. Green INACTIVE INACTIVE
Tyler Boyd 55 73%
Brandon LaFell 67 89%
James Wright 49 65%
Cody Core 11 15%
Alex Erickson 13 17%
Running Back Jeremy Hill 37 49%
Cedric Peerman -- --
Rex Burkhead 38 51%
Fullback/H-Back Ryan Hewitt 15 20%
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Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins 48 71%
Domata Peko 41 60%
Pat Sims 25 37%
Defensive End Margus Hunt 3 4%
Will Clarke 24 35%
Carlos Dunlap 49 72%
Michael Johnson 48 71%
Wallace Gilberry 32 47%
Linebacker Karlos Dansby 42 62%
Rey Maualuga 19 28%
Vincent Rey 25 37%
Nick Vigil 2 3%
Vontaze Burfict 67 99%
Marquis Flowers -- --
Safety George Iloka 68 100%
Clayton Fejedelem 9 13%
Cornerback Adam Jones 67 99%
Dre Kirkpatrick 67 99%
Josh Shaw 61 90%
Chykie Brown 1 1%
Darqueze Dennard 50 74%
Keivarae Russell 1 1%

*Long snapper Clark Harris was inactive and in his place, Tyler Ott filled in at long snapper. There were no snap issues from Ott on Sunday.