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Bengals’ snap count takeaways vs. Bucs: Young players emerge in victory

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Several young players stepped into big time roles (and larger snap counts) due to injuries forcing them to be the next man up.

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The Bengals held off a late comeback attempt from Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers after Jameis Winston nearly sank Tampa Bay completely with four interceptions. Some surprising Bengals played huge roles in Cincinnati’s victory though.

Here are the snap count takeaways for the Bengals in Week 8 vs. the Buccaneers:

  • The most obvious takeaway is how lopsided the offensive snaps were for each team. The Bengals ran 65 plays while the Bucs had a staggering 88. That also includes two touchdown drives where they scored from at least 60 yards or more on a single play. The main reason for this was Cincinnati’s failure to have any offense in the second half. They failed to run the clock or gain first downs until their last two drives of the game. That is something we’ve seen from the Bengals before, and it is something that has to change.
  • Rookie cornerback Darius Phillips actually played a huge amount of snaps. He played 71 snaps as it appears that he has overtaken Tony McRae (0) on the depth chart. Even when Dre Kirkpatrick left the game for a little bit, it was KeiVarae Russell (15) who replaced him. Phillips wasn’t great, but he didn’t do terribly either. Slot corner is probably one of the hardest positions to play, so it is understandable to see a few plays where he struggles. Overall though, his performance inspired confidence for what he could become.
  • Speaking of young players playing surprisingly big roles, Jordan Evans was the leading linebacker this week with 86 snaps. The only defensive player to play more snaps than him was Jessie Bates, who played all 88 snaps. Considering Nick Vigil and Vontaze Burfict were inactive this week, it isn’t surprising that Evans played a bigger role, but it is surprising he was on the field more than Preston Brown (73). Evans answered the call with his first career interception and sack while leading the team in tackles.
  • Carl Lawson’s injury created more opportunities for the linemen lower on the depth chart. Adolphus Washington (35) was one of the more surprising beneficiaries. Recently plucked from the Cowboys’ practice squad, Washington recorded a sack on Sunday from the defensive end position. Rookie defensive end Sam Hubbard also saw an increase in production as he played 54 snaps from defensive end and defensive tackle, but it was Jordan Willis who took the most snaps of any defensive lineman with 66.
  • Christian Westerman (27) finally saw some snaps offensively. They unfortunately came at the cost of Clint Boling (38) being knocked out of the game with a back injury, but looking at the positive side, we saw some action from a player we have been dying to see. It was hard to really notice Westerman without focusing on him, but in many cases that is a good sign for how well he did.
  • It is pretty clear the Bengals need another receiver. Alex Erickson played 50 snaps and only had one reception for four yard to show for it. Clearly whatever role they are trying to have Erickson fill isn’t working. That would be a position the team should really think about making a move at before tomorrow’s trade deadline.

Bengals snap counts vs. the Bucs

# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
18 WR A.J. Green 61 94
83 WR Tyler Boyd 60 92
80 WR Josh Malone 4 6
15 WR John Ross DNP DNP
12 WR Alex Erickson 50 77
16 WR Cody Core 6 9
77 OT Cordy Glenn 65 100
74 OT Jake Fisher 4 6
68 OT Bobby Hart 65 100
70 OT Cedric Ogbuehi -- --
65 OG Clint Boling 38 58
63 OG Christian Westerman 27 42
62 OG Alex Redmond 65 100
66 OG Trey Hopkins 65 100
53 C Billy Price DNP DNP
81 TE Tyler Kroft DNP DNP
87 TE C.J. Uzomah 63 97
88 TE Jordan Franks 1 2
89 TE Matt Lengel 11 17
14 QB Andy Dalton 65 100
6 QB Jeff Driskel -- --
28 RB Joe Mixon 55 85
25 RB Giovani Bernard DNP DNP
32 RB Mark Walton 10 15
96 DE Caros Dunlap 64 73
94 DE Sam Hubbard 54 61
90 DE Michael Johnson 39 44
75 DE Jordan Willis 66 75
58 DE Carl Lawson
97 DT Geno Atkins 56 64
98 DT Adolphus Washington 35 40
99 DT Andrew Billings 27 31
91 DT Josh Tupou 13 15
59 LB Nick Vigil DNP DNP
57 LB Vincent Rey 17 19
52 LB Preston Brown 73 83
56 LB Hardy Nickerson Jr. 15 17
50 LB Jordan Evans 86 98
45 LB Malik Jefferson -- --
55 LB Vontaze Burfict DNP DNP
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick 78 89
21 CB Drarqueze Dennard DNP DNP
22 CB William Jackson 82 93
29 CB Tony McRae -- --
23 CB Darius Phillips 71 81
20 CB KeiVarae Russell 15 17
36 S Shawn Williams 83 94
42 S Clayton Fejedelem 5 6
30 S Jessie Bates III 88 100
40 S Brandon Wilson 1 --