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%|
|Tight End||Tyler Eifert||66||88%|
|Wide Receiver||A.J. Green||INACTIVE||INACTIVE|
|Running Back||Jeremy Hill||37||49%|
|Defensive Tackle||Geno Atkins||48||71%|
|Defensive End||Margus Hunt||3||4%|
*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.