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Bengals snap count vs. Cowboys shows defensive line looks even deeper than last season

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The Bengals have been giving their backup defensive linemen all they can handle, and the players have risen to the occasion.

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The Bengals starters were about as bad as they could be against the Cowboys in the second week of the preseason. The snap counts lend to that idea. They also show some bubble players who may be in trouble, and others who are closer to securing a sacred roster spot.

The Bengals’ offense only played 55 snaps while the Cowboys had 68. The low snap count for Cincinnati’s offense was mostly due to the team failing to sustain drives. It wasn’t the best game for any offensive member of the Bengals. Defensively, we saw the team really spread out the snaps in favor of the young defensive linemen who could end up playing big roles this season.

Snap count takeaways:

  • Wide receiver John Ross (40) played the most snaps of any offensive skill position player. It’s somewhat odd as he will be one of the starting receivers at the beginning of the season. But, the team is trying to give him work to get him ready for the regular season. For a frame of reference, Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green only played 17 and 13 snaps respectively. Even Alex Erickson only played 20 snaps. Despite his extensive playing time, Ross caught only two passes. One was for 29 yards and the other for a two point conversion, which isn’t recorded in the box score as a reception. That is still a good sign as to him being valuable in the red zone.
  • Safety Jessie Bates III (40) got plenty of run prior to the Bengals releasing George Iloka (22). In fact he played the most of any defensive player. He finished the game with four tackles, and he’ll certainly be starting in the next preseason game with Iloka out the door.
  • Jordan Willis (38), Sam Hubbard (36) and Ryan Glasgow (30) received the next three highest snap counts on the defense after Bates. Each of them played well, too. Willis finished the game with two sacks. Hubbard had a strip sack, and Glasgow had four tackles including one for a loss. If last season was any indication, these guys will be rotated into the lineup early and often on game day, so seeing them produce is a great sign.
  • Jeff Driskel (32) was given every chance to secure the Bengals’ backup quarterback job. Matt Barkley only received 10 snaps as Cincinnati also decided to play rookie Logan Woodside (9). Driskel was 10/16 with no touchdowns and one interception. In his defense, the interception he threw was an insane play by Cowboys defensive back Chidobe Awuzie. We will have to see how Driskel does next week.
  • Offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi was given the most offensive snaps with 42. If he were in Cleveland I would have assumed that he was being punished by Hue Jackson. I would say Ogbuehi’s situation differs from Ross’ though. We didn’t see many bright spots from Ogbuehi despite him playing almost all of the game. It is clear the Bengals are giving him every chance to go out there and prove he is better than Bobby Hart (14) at right tackle, but he has failed to do that.
  • Christian Westerman (41) was close behind Ogbuehi for the most offensive snaps. Westerman played the most last week, and he played very well in his first outing. It was surprising to see despite all that, the Bengals didn’t give him a shot at right guard with the first team. Instead that nod went to Trey Hopkins to start and later Alex Redmond (38) got time with the starters, too. It is still unclear whether Westerman will ever get a shot at this point, which is beyond disappointing.
  • As far as bubble players who look to be in trouble, Cody Core has to be at the top of the list as the most recognizable name. He didn’t participate this week, and he saw Auden Tate (17) receive special teams snaps, which seemed to be the one thing Core was hanging onto as an advantage over the rookie wide receiver. Core is dealing with an undisclosed injury.
  • Ryan Hewitt is another name to watch for as the roster gets trimmed down. He has received only 12 snaps over the first two preseason games combined while comparable players (Cethan Carter, for example) received more than that this week alone. It is becoming more and more clear that Hewitt may not be part of Bill Lazor’s plans.

Bengals snap counts at Cowboys

# NAME POS. Snaps Percentage of snaps
# NAME POS. Snaps Percentage of snaps
60 Johnson, T.J. C 10 18
51 Price, Billy C 27 49
61 Lundblade, Brad C 9 16
38 Phillips, Darius CB 29 42
20 Russell, KeiVarae CB 27 39
26 Shaw, Josh CB 22 32
31 Shelton, Sojourn CB DNP DNP
21 Dennard, Darqueze CB 25 36
22 Jackson, William CB 29 42
27 Kirkpatrick, Dre CB 25 36
35 Harris, Davontae CB DNP DNP
29 McRae, Tony CB DNP DNP
24 Goodwin, CJ CB 19 28
58 Lawson, Carl DE 22 32
90 Johnson, Michael DE 26 38
96 Dunlap, Carlos DE 24 35
94 Hubbard, Sam DE 36 52
99 Willis, Jordan DE 38 55
95 Wilson, Eddy DT 17 25
97 Atkins, Geno DT 20 29
75 Billings, Andrew DT 20 29
92 Baker, Chris DT 9 13
98 Glasgow, Ryan DT 30 44
67 Okoye, Chris DT 23 33
93 Brown, Andrew DT DNP DNP
91 Tupou, Josh DT DNP DNP
77 Robinson, Simeyon DT DNP DNP
65 Boling, Clint G 24 43
66 Hopkins, Trey G 37 67
63 Westerman, Christian G 41 74
69 Helms, Cory G 9 16
62 Redmond, Alex G 38 69
39 Williams, Jarveon RB 7 12
89 Hewitt, Ryan H-B 3 5
82 Carter, Cethan H-B 21 38
32 Walton, Mark RB 18 32
28 Mixon, Joe RB 12 21
25 Bernard, Giovani RB 8 14
33 Carson, Tre RB 14 25
23 Hill, Brian RB 4 7
34 Flowers, Quinton RB 2 3
55 Burfict, Vontaze LB DNP DNP
51 Bell, Brandon LB 24 35
57 Rey, Vincent LB DNP DNP
59 Vigil, Nick LB 29 42
56 Nickerson, Hardy LB 22 32
50 Evans, Jordan LB 28 41
47 Worley, Chris LB 12 17
48 Joseph, Junior LB 14 10
45 Jefferson, Malik LB 28 41
52 Brown, Preston LB 29 42
74 Fisher, Jake OT 32 58
70 Ogbuehi, Cedric OT 42 76
76 Perkins, Kent OT 9 16
72 Murray, Justin OT 9 16
68 Hart, Bobby OT 14 25
77 Glenn, Cordy OT 24 43
14 Dalton, Andy QB 14 25
5 Woodside, Logan QB 9 16
7 Barkley, Matt QB 10 18
6 Driskel, Jeff QB 32 58
36 Williams, Shawn S 13 19
42 Henderson, Trayvon S 12 17
42 Fejedelem, Clayton S 17 25
43 Iloka, George S 22 32
37 Beverette, Tyrice DB 8 11
40 Wilson, Brandon S 15 22
30 Bates, Jessie S 40 58
85 Eifert, Tyler TE DNP DNP
81 Kroft, Tyler TE 10 18
87 Uzomah, C.J. TE 14 25
49 Bohringer, Moritz TE 7 12
86 Schreck, Mason TE 25 45
88 Franks, Jordan TE 19 34
16 Core, Cody WR DNP DNP
18 Green, A.J. WR 13 23
11 Ross, Kayuane WR 9 16
83 Boyd, Tyler WR 17 30
80 Malone, Josh WR 23 41
12 Erickson, Alex WR 20 36
15 Ross, John WR 40 72
9 Murphy, Jared WR 2 3
13 White, Ka'Raun WR 10 18
19 Tate, Auden WR 16 29
8 Boyd, Devonte WR 5 9
17 Whitfield, Kermit WR 6 10