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Bengals preseason Week 1: Snap count distribution reveals interesting takeaways

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Among the backup players, Josh Tupou, Stanley Boom Williams, Karel Hamilton, Kermit Whitfield and Bryson Albright saw the least playing time in the Bengals’ preseason opener.

The Cincinnati Bengals kicked off their preseason schedule on Friday night with a game that featured more positive takeaways than negative ones. That’s always good, especially in the preseason, a time that’s all about evaluation and making progress.

The majority of the starters got about one series of action before the backups took over for the rest of the game. Though, some starters did play more than others. The anticipated starting offensive line played for the full first half, save for left guard Clint Boling.

Below is the full snap count for the full roster, including special teams snaps. Typically we don’t include special teams snaps in our weekly analysis, but in the preseason it is interesting to see how those snaps are being divided since the final few roster spots often come down to special teams impact.

Snap count takeaways:

  • It was good to see the offensive lineman out there working as a unit for the first half. Boling played 21 snaps compared to the rest of the starters who played about 28 each. For the most part, the line looked decent, save for one terrible play by Russell Bodine and a few questionable plays from Cedric Ogbuehi. Andre Smith didn’t suit up due to a coach’s decision, so Trey Hopkins took his place at right guard and did quite well.
  • William Jackson and Darqueze Dennard both played 40 snaps each and started at cornerback. They both had a few lackluster moments, but Jackson seemed to do better than Dennard. They're competing for a starting spot in Week 1 during Adam Jones' suspension. Jones played on the opening drive, but not as much as to allow Jackson and Dennard to compete on the boundary. Dre Kirkpatrick did not suit up as the Bengals are being cautious with his hand, which he broke earlier in the offseason.
  • Chris Smith and Jordan Willis both saw quite a bit of action at defensive end and did well with their opportunities. They were graded as Pro Football Focus' top two Bengals in the game (Smith at #1 and Willis #2). They were the only two defensive linemen to play 30 or more snaps.
  • Among the backup guards, Christian Westerman saw the most play with 30 snaps on offense as well as two on special teams. He has barely been mentioned since getting drafted by the Bengals in the fifth round last year and was inactive for all but one game in 2016. Not to mention, for the one game he was active, he didn’t play a snap.
  • Among the backup running backs, Tra Carson led the way, followed by Jarveon Williams and then Stanley "Boom" Williams. Carson was quite impressive in his playing time with eight carries for 32 yards and 1 catch for 23 yards.
  • Rookie linebacker Jordan Evans saw the field for 38 defensive snaps, the most among all linebackers. No other linebacker played more than 24 (Marquis Flowers). Carl Lawson played 22 snaps but was reportedly injured while on-the-field.
  • Undrafted rookie Kent Perkins played the most among the offensive tackles, as he was on the field for the entire second half. He did well in the role and it would be interesting to see him against better competition after such a good showing.
  • Punter Kevin Huber is nursing a "sore leg" so he only was the holder for kicks and otherwise the recently-signed Will Monday did the punting on Friday night.
  • Wide receiver Josh Malone played 28 snaps, which was the most by any receiver. Cody Core only played seven snaps, likely due to an ankle injury, which he suffered during the game.

Bengals Preseason Week 1 Snap Counts

# NAME POS. Snaps % Time Played Special Teams Snaps % time played on ST
# NAME POS. Snaps % Time Played Special Teams Snaps % time played on ST
61 Bodine, Russell C 29 46%
60 Johnson, T.J. C 23 37% 2 8%
23 Benwikere, Bene CB 31 44% 11 42%
21 Dennard, Darqueze CB 40 56% 5 19%
22 Jackson, William CB 40 56% 7 27%
24 Jones, Adam CB 5 7% 1 4%
27 Kirkpatrick, Dre CB DNP DNP
29 McRae, Tony CB DNP DNP
20 Russell, KeiVarae CB 27 38% 11 42%
26 Shaw, Josh CB 32 45% 9 35%
37 Cox, Demetrious DB 23 32% 9 35%
76 Brown, Ryan DE 9 13% 1 4%
93 Clarke, Will DE 25 35% 5 19%
96 Dunlap, Carlos DE 13 18% 1 4%
95 Gilberry, Wallace DE 6 8%
91 Hardison, Marcus DE 24 34% 1 4%
90 Johnson, Michael DE 10 14% 1 4%
94 Smith, Chris DE 32 45% 2 8%
99 Willis, Jordan DE 35 49% 12 46%
97 Atkins, Geno DT 13 18% 1 4%
75 Billings, Andrew DT 15 21% 1 4%
79 Dean, David DT DNP DNP
67 Glasgow, Ryan DT 25 35% 6 23%
92 Sims, Pat DT 16 23% 1 4%
98 Thompson, Brandon DT 19 27% 1 4%
68 Tupou, Josh DT 6 8%
69 Williams, DeShawn DT 20 28% 2 8%
44 Laufasa, Darrin FB 11 17% 2 8%
65 Boling, Clint G 21 33% 1 4%
64 Dielman, J.J G 12 19% 2 8%
66 Hopkins, Trey G 29 46% 3 12%
79 Lee, Cameron G 12 19%
62 Redmond, Alex G 23 27% 3 12%
71 Smith, Andre G DNP DNP
72 Stanton, Dustin G 12 19% 3 12%
63 Westerman, Christian G 30 48% 2 8%
82 Carter, Cethan H-B 27 43% 9 35%
89 Hewitt, Ryan H-B 8 13% 6 23%
25 Bernard, Giovani HB DNP DNP
33 Carson, Tra HB 19 30% 12 46%
32 Hill, Jeremy HB 12 19%
28 Mixon, Joe HB 16 25%
30 Peerman, Cedric HB DNP DNP
39 Williams, Jarveon HB 11 17% 3 12%
34 Williams, Stanley HB 6 10% 1 4%
4 Bullock, Randy K -- -- 6 23%
3 Elliott, Jake K -- -- 5 19%
49 Albright, Bryson LB 7 10% 5 19%
52 Bell, Brandon LB 18 25% 7 27%
55 Burfict, Vontaze LB 13 18% 1 4%
47 Dawson, P.J. LB DNP DNP
50 Evans, Jordan LB 38 54% 13 50
53 Flowers, Marquis LB 24 34% 8 31%
58 Lawson, Carl LB 22 31% 8 31%
51 Minter, Kevin LB 13 18% 1 4%
56 Nickerson, Hardy LB 22 31% 12 26%
57 Rey, Vincent LB 21 30% 5 19%
59 Vigil, Nick LB 21 30% 3 12%
46 Harris, Clark LS -- -- 8 31%
74 Fisher, Jake OT 28 44% 3 12%
77 Lechler, Landon OT 12 19%
70 Ogbuehi, Cedric OT 28 44% 2 8%
78 Perkins, Kent OT 35 56% 4 15%
73 Winston, Eric OT 23 37% 2 8%
10 Huber, Kevin P -- -- 5 19%
7 Monday, Will P -- -- 3 12%
14 Dalton, Andy QB 13 21%
6 Driskel, Jeff QB 35 56%
5 McCarron, AJ QB 15 24%
42 Fejedelem, Clayton S 43 61% 6 23
43 Iloka, George S -- -- -- --
31 Smith, Derron S 36 51% 9 35%
41 Thompson, Cedric S 22 31% 7 27%
36 Williams, Shawn S 13 18% 2 8%
40 Wilson, Brandon S DNP
85 Eifert, Tyler TE 13 21%
81 Kroft, Tyler TE 16 25% 5 19%
86 Schreck, Mason TE 23 27% 3 12%
87 Uzomah, C.J. TE DNP
83 Boyd, Tyler WR 22 35% 1 4%
88 Brown, Chris WR 15 24% 1 4%
16 Core, Cody WR 7 11% 3 12%
12 Erickson, Alex WR 32 51% 5 19%
18 Green, A.J. WR 12 19%
9 Hamilton, Karel WR 6 10
11 LaFell, Brandon WR 12 19%
80 Malone, Josh WR 28 44% 4 15%
15 Ross, John WR DNP
17 Russell, Alonzo WR 11 17% 1 4%
13 Whitfield, Kermit WR 6 10% 1 4%

What are your top takeaways from the snap breakdown?