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Bengals at Jets: Offensive and defensive snap counts see plenty of surprises

Rey Maualuga only played 8 snaps while Karlos Dansby dominated with 11 tackles. C.J. Uzomah started at tight end and had one of the best plays of the day. Tyler Boyd also played a large amount of snaps, which is somewhat surprising as it was his first game, but a great sign that the Bengals trust the young receiver.

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The Bengals hit the road for their regular-season opener and returned to Cincinnati with a 1-0 record. It was a tough win that required a total team effort from the first minute to the last. Who played most and who played least and what does it all mean? We break that down below with the offensive and defensive snap counts.

  • Michael Johnson played 85 percent of defensive snaps, more than any other defensive lineman.
  • Rey Maualuga hardly played in the game, recording only 8 snaps and no statistics. It's unclear at this point if there was a reason for that beyond the game not being the best scheme fit for his services.
  • All of the starting offensive lineman played 100 percent of the offensive snaps.
  • C.J. Uzomah got the start and large majority of the tight end snaps with Tyler Eifert out and Tyler Kroft playing for the first time since his training camp knee injury. Uzomah actually performed pretty well and was a contributor to the win with two catches for 59 yards.
  • Tyler Boyd played 77 percent of offensive snaps, the most of any rookie.
  • Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard had a very even split of the carries with Hill recording 51 percent and Bernard 49.
  • The defensive line saw heavy rotation with each active player seeing playing time. Will Clarke saw the least time on the defensive line with just 12 snaps while Margus Hunt played 30 defensive snaps, or 42 percent of defensive snaps taken.
  • The defense was on the field for more snaps than the offense. The offensive total snap count was 57 while the defensive total snap count was 71.
  • Karlos Dansby had quite a day and looks to be an impact played on this defense. He played 100 percent of the snaps and recorded a team and game high, 11 tackles.

Here's the full Bengals snap count breakdown for Week 1:

Position Player Snap Count Percentage of Time
Offensive Line Kevin Zeitler 57 100%
57 100%
57 100%
57 100%
Andrew Whitworth 57 100%
T.J. Johnson 0 0
4 7%
Eric Winston 0 0%
Christian Westerman INACTIVE INACTIVE
Tight Ends Tyler Eifert INACTIVE INACTIVE
C.J. Uzomah 52 91%
Tyler Kroft 7 12%
Quarterback 57 100%
AJ McCarron 0 0
Wide receiver 54 95%
Tyler Boyd 44 77%
Brandon LaFell 55 96%
James Wright 5 9%
0 0
Running back Jeremy Hill 29 51%
Giovani Bernard 28 49%
0 0
Fullback/H-back Ryan Hewitt 7 12%
Defensive tackle Geno Atkins 52 73%
Domata Peko 48 68%
Pat Sims 27 38%
Defensive end Margus Hunt 30 42%
Will Clarke 12 17%
56 79%
Michael Johnson 60 85%
Linebacker Karlos Dansby 71 100%
Rey Maualuga 8 11%
Vincent Rey 67 94%
Nick Vigil 1 1%
0 0
0 0
Safety George Iloka 71 100%
Shawn Williams 71 100%
Derron Smith 0 0
0 0
Cornerback Adam Jones 68 96%
Dre Kirkpatrick 67 94%
Josh Shaw 52 73%
Chykie Brown 0 0
Chris Lewis-Harris 20 28%