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NFL Week 4 Bengals at Falcons Snap Count Takeaways: Sam Hubbard taking on a bigger role

Sam Hubbard has become a pretty big part of the Bengals defense. He ended up playing more than a vast majority of defensive lineman.

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The Bengals escaped Atlanta with a win by the skin of their teeth. It took some late game heroics by Andy Dalton and A.J. Green to get Cincinnati to (3-1), but it doesn’t matter how you get there, right? In any case we will be looking at a piece of how they got there by examining this week’s snap counts.

Snap count takeaways:

  • Tyler Eifert’s injury left a huge hole as far as snap counts goes. After steadily getting more and more work, his game against the Falcons seemed like the first time they really let him loose. He had four catches for 38 and his first touchdown in only 19 snaps on Sunday. Of course he suffered an ankle injury that ended his season early in the third quarter, so who ended up leading the charge at tight end then? That would be C.J. Uzomah with 51 snaps. It may be time for fans to start recognizing his name as he has quietly had a solid season so far in a limited role. He only had one catch for six yards this week, but he has seven catches for 74 yards and a touchdown on the season so far.
  • The Bengals actually out snapped the Falcons 73 to 70. Cincinnati also had the ball for a little over a minute longer than Atlanta. The Bengals defense still struggled to get off the field as the Falcons converted 11 of 15 third downs, but Cincinnati’s offense helped balance it out by having five more first downs than Atlanta. The Bengals defense also made a few big stops in the red zone that greatly impacted the result of the game.
  • Nothing has really changed along the offensive line as Cordy Glenn, Clint Boling, Trey Hopkins, Alex Redmond and Bobby Hart each played all of their snaps. It will be interesting to see with rookie center Billy Price likely returning either this week or the next if the Bengals will decide to shuffle things up since Hopkins has played at about an average level at center. The right side of the offensive line could use a real shake up after a fairly rough outing. Unfortunately, it is something that if we haven’t seen it by now we have to wonder if we will see it at all.
  • Tyler Boyd (62) was out snapped by Green (71), but it was Boyd who saw the most targets on Sunday with 15. He turned those targets into 11 catches for 100 yards, his first 100 yard receiving game of his career. With Eifert gone for the season, Boyd has become the lone safety blanket underneath for Dalton. It shouldn’t be surprising if this becomes the norm for Boyd.
  • John Ross made his presence known on Sunday. He caught two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. He did this in just 17 snaps as he pulled his groin on that touchdown grab. It was still great to see him making plays after a rough week where a portion of the fan base piled on him with criticism about his effort last week.
  • Giovani Bernard (44) had two rushing touchdowns on the day with 96 total yards. We also saw plenty of the rookie running back Mark Walton (28). He made his presence known with 37 total yards on seven touches Sunday.
  • Michael Johnson (29) was put back into the rotation at defensive end. This took a bite out of Carl Lawson’s (32) and Jordan Willis’ (29) snaps as they were all used pretty evenly. Carlos Dunlap led all defensive ends with 52 snaps, as Lawson and him both recorded sacks on the day. Lawson got his first sack of the season after one was called back by a ridiculous roughing the passer call earlier in the game.
  • This was the Bengals first game without defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow as he was put on injured reserve following the Panthers’ game. Geno Atkins (50) played about the same amount of snaps as before. Andrew Billings also played 34 snaps, which is about normal for him. A defensive lineman who saw a huge jump in snaps though was rookie defensive lineman Sam Hubbard who played a whopping 40 snaps. The Bengals didn’t activate newly-acquired defensive tackle Adolphus Washington for this game, so this explains Hubbard’s increased exposure, especially at defensive tackle.

Bengals vs falcons snap counts

# NAME POS. Snaps Percentage of snaps
# NAME POS. Snaps Percentage of snaps
18 A.J. Green WR 71 97
83 Tyler Boyd WR 62 85
80 Josh Malone WR 4 5
15 John Ross WR 17 23
12 Alex Erickson WR 36 49
16 Cody Core WR 11 15
19 Auden Tate WR DNP DNP
77 Cordy Glenn OT 73 100
74 Jake Fisher OT 2 3
68 Bobby Hart OT 73 100
70 Cedric Ogbuehi OT DNP
65 Clint Boling OG 73 100
63 Christian Westerman OG -- --
62 Alex Redmond OG 73 100
66 Trey Hopkins OG 73 100
53 Billy Price C DNP DNP
85 Tyler Eifert TE 19 26
81 Tyler Kroft TE 20 27
87 C.J. Uzomah TE 51 70
86 Mason Schreck TE -- --
14 Andy Dalton QB 73 100
6 Jeff Driskel QB -- --
28 Joe Mixon RB DNP DNP
25 Giovani Bernard RB 44 60
32 Mark Walton RB 28 38
31 Thomas Rawls RB DNP DNP
96 Caros Dunlap DE 52 74
94 Sam Hubbard DE 40 57
90 Michael Johnson DE 29 41
75 Jordan Willis DE 29 41
58 Carl Lawson DE 32 46
97 Geno Atkins DT 50 71
98 Adolphus Washington DT DNP
99 Andrew Billings DT 34 49
91 Josh Tupou DT 12 17
59 Nick Vigil LB 70 100
57 Vincent Rey LB 1 1
52 Preston Brown LB 46 66
56 Hardy Nickerson Jr. LB 24 34
50 Jordan Evans LB 29 41
45 Malik Jefferson LB -- --
55 Vontaze Burfict LB DNP DNP
27 Dre Kirkpatrick CB 68 97
21 Drarqueze Dennard CB 49 70
22 William Jackson CB 46 66
29 Tony McRae CB 17 24
23 Darius Phillips CB -- --
36 Shawn Williams S 69 99
42 Clayton Fejedelem S 3 4
30 Jessie Bates III S 70 100
40 Brandon Wilson S -- --