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Bengals Week 14 snap counts show 2 early draft picks falling out of favor

Darqueze Dennard and Margus Hunt both played a total of three defensive snaps on Sunday and Cedric Ogbuehi played four on offense.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals took down the Browns with relative ease in a snowy game in Cleveland. The win saw the Bengals continue to experiment with the offensive line and the wide receiver snap count was among the most surprising aspects in the play time breakdown.

Here are our biggest takeaways from the Bengals’ snap count on Sunday in Cleveland:

  • Jake Fisher (23 snaps) played about half as much as Eric Winston (48 snaps). Winston isn’t lighting the field on fire and it would only help Fisher to get him more playing time in the final three weeks of the season.
  • Cedric Ogbuehi played four snaps, three of which came at left tackle in the final minutes of the game.
  • Quarterback Jeff Driskel was active for his first NFL game but did not record any playing time.
  • The wide receiver snap count saw Cody Core take a season high 57 snaps. But, in all that playing time, Core was only targeted twice, and hauled in one catch for eight yards.
  • Brandon LaFell led all wide receivers with 65 snaps, followed by Core (57), Tyler Boyd (41) and Alex Erickson (14).
  • Jeremy Hill played 11 more snaps than Rex Burkhead but Hill out-carried his fellow back with 25 rushing attempts and 4 targets in the passing game, while Burkhead had 9 rushes and 2 targets in the passing game.
  • On defense, Domata Peko played 46% of snaps, which still seems like too many. DeShawn Williams did get a good shot at showing what he’s capable of, playing 17 snaps and recording 1 tackle in the process. Peko recorded no statistics on Sunday.
  • Margus Hunt played an uneventful 3 defensive snaps on Sunday, paving the way for him to become a free agent in March.
  • Darqueze Dennard saw a dip in snaps once again, also playing just 3 snaps on Sunday. The Bengals don’t seem to trust him in the slot and are favoring Josh Shaw there, who played 34 snaps on Sunday.
Here's the offensive and defensive snap count breakdown from the Bengals' Week 14 win over the Browns:

Position Player Snap Count Percentage of Time
Offensive Line Kevin Zeitler 71 100%
Clint Boling 71 100%
Russell Bodine 71 100%
Cedric Ogbuehi 4 6%
Andrew Whitworth 68 96%
T.J. Johnson -- --
Jake Fisher 23 32%
Eric Winston 48 68%
Christian Westerman INACTIVE INACTIVE
Tight End Tyler Eifert 59 83%
Tyler Kroft 29 41%
Quarterback Andy Dalton 71 100%
AJ McCarron -- --
Jeff Driskel -- --
Wide Receiver A.J. Green INACTIVE INACTIVE
Tyler Boyd 41 58%
Brandon LaFell 65 92%
Cody Core 57 80%
Alex Erickson 14 20%
Running Back Jeremy Hill 41 58%
Cedric Peerman -- --
Rex Burkhead 30 42%
Fullback/H-Back Ryan Hewitt 18 25%
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Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins 41 76%
Domata Peko 25 46%
Pat Sims 21 39%
DeShawn Williams 17 31%
Defensive End Margus Hunt 3 6%
Will Clarke 24 44%
Carlos Dunlap 39 72%
Michael Johnson 46 85%
Linebacker Karlos Dansby 41 76%
Rey Maualuga 20 37%
Vincent Rey 11 20%
Nick Vigil 6 11%
Vontaze Burfict 54 100%
Marquis Flowers -- --
Safety George Iloka 54 100%
Shawn Williams 52 96%
Clayton Fejedelem 2 4%
Cornerback Adam Jones 50 93%
Dre Kirkpatrick 51 94%
Josh Shaw 34 63%
Darqueze Dennard 3 6%
Keivarae Russell -- --

*Clark Harris was also inactive this week and Tyler Ott was the long-snapper active in the matchup.