The Bengals took the field on Friday night for live game action and like we'll be doing all season long, we're breaking down the snap count and playtime percentages for each player. During the season, this will be an interesting experiment for the starters, but as of now, we're looking at which backups saw significant time and to whom the team wanted to give the biggest chances to prove themselves in the first preseason game.
- Rookie offensive lineman Alex Redmond played about an equal amount of time as Russell Bodine, and played center. Redmond was used mostly as a guard at UCLA but is known for his versatility.
- Of all the starters, none played more than the offensive lineman. Kevin Zeitler, Clint Boling and Bodine all played at least 40 percent of the game while second year lineman Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi played more than 50 percent of snaps in the game.
- Defensive tackle Marcus Hardison got more playing time than any other player. His success in the preseason will go a long way in determining the final roster and how he's used during the season. The Bengals will want to see if they can use him similarly to how they used Wallace Gilberry in 2015.
- The defensive backups saw more playing time that those on offense, who saw a more equally distributed snap count.
- The top tacklers were Nick Vigil (6) and Marquis Flowers (5). P.J. Dawson, Clayton Fejedelem, Corey Tindal, Darien Harris, Deshawn Williams and Floyd Raven all had 3 tackles each. Vigil played 63 percent of snaps, Flowers 65 percent, Dawson 47 percent, Fejedelem 47 perecent, Tindal 44 percent, Williams 53 percent and Raven 53 percent.
- Cedric Peerman got more snaps than any other running back but he actually had the least amount of yards (other than wide receiver Alex Erickson who had one running play for three yards). Peerman totaled 8 yards on seven attempts with a long of five yards. That's a pretty unsuccessful day on the ground. Peerman was also the back on the play where the bengals went for it on fourth-and-one and were unable to convert. Peerman consistently makes the roster for his special teams ability, but it seems he's pretty rusty at his dedicated position.
Here's the full offensive and defensive snap counts for Friday night's preseason opener:
|Position||Player||Snap Count||Percentage of Time|
|Offensive Line||Jake Fisher||39||57%|
|Tight Ends||Matt Lengel||34||49%|
|Wide Receiver||Tyler Boyd||28||41%|
|Running Back||Jeremy Hill||6||9%|
|Defensive Tackle||Marcus Hardison||41||72%|
|Defensive End||Margus Hunt||36||63%|