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NFL Week 4 Bengals snap counts: Offense dominates time of possession

With Clint Boling's departure from the game came three players who filled in and took snaps in his spot at left guard. Tyler Boyd isn't getting as many opportunities as he did in Weeks 1 and 2. And, Ryan Hewitt is finally getting more playing time.

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The Bengals had an interesting split among offensive and defensive snaps on Thursday in their win over the Dolphins. The Bengals' offense thoroughly dominated time of possession, so the offense played a total of 70 snaps while the defense only played 40. That allowed the defense to have the edge as they were able to stay more fresh and rested throughout the game while the offense played for 38 minutes.

Here are some takeaways before we get to the full snap count below.

  • When Clint Boling left the game due to a shoulder injury, a variety of backups were used in his place for the remaining snaps. Jake fisher, T.J. Johnson and Eric Winston all saw snaps in relief of Boling. Fisher was the first off the bench.
  • Tyler Kroft played two more snaps than C.J. Uzomah, but it's clear Dalton favors Uzomah as a passing target. Kroft hasn't been targeted in two weeks while Uzomah was the second leading receiver on Thursday, only behind the masterful A.J. Green.
  • The workload between Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard was pretty evenly split with Hill playing 36 snaps and Bernard 34.
  • Ryan Hewitt finally saw a solid workload, playing 39% of snaps.
  • When you only play a total of 45 defensive snaps, less of a rotation is needed, but using one keeps the players' energy up and their play effective. Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap were the only two defensive lineman who played 80% or more of snaps.
  • The addition of Vontaze Burfict to the lineup allowed the rest of the linebackers to take it easier than they have been. Burfict played more snaps than any other linebacker, and says he could have played more.
  • With Dre Kirkpatrick out, Darqueze Dennard played 98% of defensive snaps and Josh Shaw played 64% of snaps. That likely would have been higher had he not been injured during the game.
Position Player Snap Count Percentage of Time
Offensive Line Kevin Zeitler 70 100%
Clint Boling 56 80%
Russell Bodine 70 100%
Cedric Ogbuehi 70 100%
Andrew Whitworth 70 100%
T.J. Johnson 4 6%
Jake Fisher 18 26%
Eric Winston 2 3%
Christian Westerman INACTIVE INACTIVE
Tight Ends Tyler Eifert INACTIVE INACTIVE
C.J. Uzomah 42 60%
Tyler Kroft 44 63%
Quarterback Andy Dalton 70 100%
AJ McCarron 0 0
Wide Receiver A.J. Green 59 84%
Tyler Boyd 28 40%
Brandon LaFell 65 93%
James Wright 4 6%
Alex Erickson 1 1%
Running Back Jeremy Hill 36 51%
Giovani Bernard 34 49%
Rex Burkhead 0 0
Fullback/H-Back Ryan Hewitt 27 39%
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Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins 39 87%
Domata Peko 20 44%
Pat Sims 12 27%
Defensive End Margus Hunt 23 51%
Will Clarke 19 42%
Carlos Dunlap 36 80%
Michael Johnson 31 69%
Linebacker Karlos Dansby 22 49%
Rey Maualuga 23 51%
Vincent Rey 15 33%
Nick Vigil 0 0%
Vontaze Burfict 34 76%
Marquis Flowers 0 0
Safety George Iloka 45 100%
Shawn Williams 42 93%
Derron Smith 3 7%
Clayton Fejedelem 0 0
Cornerback Adam Jones 45 100%
Josh Shaw 29 64%
Chykie Brown 1 2%
Chris Lewis-Harris 12 27%
Darqueze Dennard 44 98%