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NFL Week 2 Bengals at Steelers: Snap counts reaching normalcy

We saw a more normal workload for most Bengals in Week 2 with a few exceptions.

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The Bengals suffered their first loss of the 2016 season on Sunday in a hard-fought clash with the Steelers.

After a Week 1 win that saw some eye-opening snap counts, we saw things get back to normal in Week 2. It's time to break down the offensive and defensive snap counts from the Bengals' latest contest.

  • Kevin Zeitler was the only starter on the offensive to miss a single snap.
  • Andy Dalton played every snap, despite a noticeable limp during the third quarter and in the postgame locker room. The fact that he finished the game bodes well for his chances of playing next week.
  • The Bengals had a total of just four snaps from backup offensive lineman on Sunday. The jumbo sets and extra tackle formations were used very rarely.
  • C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Kroft had a 50-50 split of tight end reps, though some formations had both guys in. Even with Kroft back from his injury, Uzomah has done enough to hold him off for the starting gig.
  • Because the Bengals spent a lot of the second half playing from behind, Giovani Bernard ended up getting more snaps and finished with 18 more snaps than Jeremy Hill.
  • After playing just eight snaps last week, Rey Maualuga played in 47 snaps this week. Vincent Rey still managed to play every defensive snap, while Karlos Dansby was in for 78-percent of the time.
  • Josh Shaw's big Week 1 performance only earned him 17 snaps this week, whereas Darqueze Dennard got 28 snaps in his first game back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for the past month.

Here's the full Bengals snap count breakdown for Week 2:

Position Player Snap Count Percentage of Time
Offensive Line Kevin Zeitler 75 99
Clint Boling 76 100
Russell Bodine 76 100
Cedric Ogbuehi 76 100
Andrew Whitworth 76 100
T.J. Johnson 0 0
Jake Fisher 4 5
Eric Winston 0 0
Christian Westerman INACTIVE INACTIVE
Tight Ends Tyler Eifert INACTIVE INACTIVE
C.J. Uzomah 41 54
Tyler Kroft 41 54
Quarterback Andy Dalton 76 100
AJ McCarron 0 0
Wide Receiver A.J. Green 72 95
Tyler Boyd 60 79
Brandon LaFell 72 95
James Wright 2 3
Alex Erickson 4 5
Running Back Jeremy Hill 29 38
Giovani Bernard 47 62
Rex Burkhead 0 0
Fullback/H-Back Ryan Hewitt 9 12
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Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins 51 69
Domata Peko 46 62
Pat Sims 31 42
Defensive End Margus Hunt 37 50
Will Clarke 11 15
Carlos Dunlap 58 78
Michael Johnson 62 84
Linebacker Karlos Dansby 58 78
Rey Maualuga 47 64
Vincent Rey 74 100
Nick Vigil 0 0
Trevor Roach 2 3
Marquis Flowers 0 0
Safety George Iloka 73 99
Shawn Williams 73 99
Derron Smith 1 1
Clayton Fejedelem 0 0
Cornerback Adam Jones 73 99
Dre Kirkpatrick 72 97
Josh Shaw 16 22
Chris Lewis-Harris 1 1
Darqueze Dennard 28 38