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Bengals snap count distribution vs Bears: Young players get the spotlight

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The preseason is all about younger players getting playing time they normally wouldn’t. Which players saw the most use?

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The preseason is interesting, as you get to see all these players you’d normally never get to see. It is also our first chance to see what these players look like on the field after an offseason full of speculation.

We don’t get to see much of the starters, but it is still nice to just see the major contributors flash their talents.

Here is what we saw.

  • A much sharper Bengals offense started the game. Last year, the Bengals struggled out of the gate, but we quickly saw that wouldn’t be the case again. Andy Dalton (17) went six of eight throwing the ball. Not to mention the pocket he was standing behind looked more secure. The first-team offense looked great outside of John Ross falling on a route that led to an interception for a touchdown.
  • Christian Westerman (44) gets the nod as the player with the most offensive snaps. His name often gets forgotten about during the talks about competition along the offensive line, but clearly there is a confidence there from the team. The player with the second most was wide receiver Josh Malone (37), which is fairly surprising considering the amount of receivers on the team, He likely saw more time as A.J. Green got to bow out after only nine snaps. This probably put Malone in at the end of the first team as well as the top of the second unit. He finished second on the team in receiving with 41 yards.
  • Rookie cornerback Davontae Harris (56) received the most snaps on defense. It was a good learning experience for Harris to just be out on the field that much. That is pretty much the amount he would play if he was starting, and he probably won’t see snaps like these once the season begins. That being said, he didn’t really stand out, but at least he didn’t get beat repeatedly.
  • The Bengals need some more defensive ends to get through preseason. Jordan Willis and Sam Hubbard both played 55 snaps on Thursday night. These are two guys that will likely be major parts of the Bengals rotation once the season begins. They are too important to be playing 55 snaps in a game that doesn’t matter. Hubbard had a fairly solid night. He even got to realize the speed of the NFL when a Bears receiver blew by him on an end-around of a touchdown. You could see Hubbard stumble almost from shock during the play. It should be noted it would’ve been a heck of a play for Hubbard to make, so no one is belittling him for it.
  • There are a few players who should be concerned about their low snap totals. The easiest ones to point to are the receivers. Guys like Ka’Raun White (5), Kermit Whitfield (11) and even Cody Core (13) each drew a pretty short end of the stick. It is clear there aren’t too many wide receiver spots up for grab, and they all just watched a guy like Auden Tate (17) catch a touchdown in a huge game situation.
  • Another name who should start to get worried is the running back Quinton Flowers. Flowers got two snaps near the end of the game. When the Bengals signed the undrafted free agent, it was his versatility as a athlete that was so appealing. However, it seems like the former quarterback has been backed into a box. With players like Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Mark Walton having spots seemingly secured, it has to be hard for Flowers to also watch guys like Brian Hill (9) and Tra Carson (14) both out snap him as well.

Bengals snap counts vs Bears

# NAME POS. Snaps Percentage of snaps
# NAME POS. Snaps Percentage of snaps
60 Johnson, T.J. C 35 53
51 Price, Billy C 23 35
38 Phillips, Darius CB 37 53
20 Russell, KeiVarae CB 44 63
26 Shaw, Josh CB 35 50
21 Dennard, Darqueze CB 15 21
22 Jackson, William CB 10 14
27 Kirkpatrick, Dre CB 10 14
35 Harris, Davontae CB 56 81
95 Wilson, Eddy DT 31 44
90 Johnson, Michael DE 10 14
96 Dunlap, Carlos DE 10 14
94 Hubbard, Sam DE 55 79
99 Willis, Jordan DE 55 79
97 Atkins, Geno DT 8 11
75 Billings, Andrew DT 11 15
92 Baker, Chris DT 29 42
98 Glasgow, Ryan DT 32 46
67 Okoye, Chris DT 31 44
93 Brown, Andrew DT DNP DNP
91 Tupou DT DNP DNP
65 Boling, Clint G 23 35
66 Hopkins, Trey G 23 35
63 Westerman, Christian G 44 67
69 Helms, Cory G 3 4
62 Redmond, Alex G 37 56
39 Williams, Jarveon HB 9 13
89 Hewitt, Ryan H-B 9 13
82 Carter, Cethan H-B 14 21
32 Walton, Mark HB 18 27
28 Mixon, Joe HB 6 9
25 Bernard, Giovani HB 11 16
33 Carson, Tre HB 14 21
23 Hill, Brian HB 9 13
44 Lowry, Ray HB 1 1
34 Flowers, Quinton HB 2 3
55 Burfict, Vontaze LB DNP DNP
51 Bell, Brandon LB 36 52
57 Rey, Vincent LB -- --
59 Vigil, Nick LB 10 14
58 Lawson, Carl LB 21 30
56 Nickerson, Hardy LB 30 43
50 Evans, Jordan LB 20 28
47 Worley, Chris LB 14 20
48 Joseph, Junior LB 32 46
45 Jefferson, Malik LB 29 42
52 Brown, Preston LB 11 15
74 Fisher, Jake OT 23 35
70 Ogbuehi, Cedric OT 35 50
73 Fleer, Austin OT 3 4
76 Perkins, Kent OT 24 36
72 Murray, Justin OT 12 18
68 Hart, Bobby OT 23 35
77 Glenn, Cordy OT 23 35
14 Dalton, Andy QB 17 26
5 Woodside, Logan QB DNP DNP
7 Barkley, Matt QB 22 33
6 Driskel, Jeff QB 31 47
36 Williams, Shawn S 10 14
42 Henderson, Trayvon S 10 14
42 Fejedelem, Clayton S 24 34
43 Iloka, George S 20 28
37 Beverette, Tyrice DB 20 28
40 Wilson, Brandon S 18 26
85 Eifert, Tyler TE -- --
81 Kroft, Tyler TE 19 29
87 Uzomah, C.J. TE 26 37
49 Bohringer, Moritz TE 3 4
86 Schreck, Mason TE 18 27
16 Core, Cody WR 13 20
18 Green, A.J. WR 9 13
11 Ross, Kayuane WR -- --
83 Boyd, Tyler WR 21 32
80 Malone, Josh WR 39 60
12 Erickson, Alex WR 18 27
15 Ross, John WR 31 47
9 Murphy, Jared WR 3 4
13 White, Ka'Raun WR 5 7
19 Tate, Auden WR 17 26
8 Boyd, Devonte WR 11 16
17 Whitfield, Kermit WR 11 16
61 Lundblade, Brad C 19 29