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Bengals at Bills snap counts: Previewing how Cincinnati will operate in the regular season

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We can see some trends forming based on how much the starters played as well as how often other players rotated in.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

We didn’t quite get the third week of the preseason game that a lot of people were expecting. We got better as the Bengals beat the Bills 26-13.

Many teams play their starters into the third quarter in the third week of the preseason, but the Bengals starters were so impressive that there wasn’t much of a point in playing them that long. Most starters exited shortly after the second quarter got underway.

We did see plenty of trends beginning to form from our first extended look at the Bengals starters though, and some roster battles have become slightly more clear as the final preseason game approaches.

Snap count takeaways:

  • Joe Mixon (18) and Giovani Bernard (19) will still be splitting snaps despite what some national analysts may be telling you. It may just be the preseason, and you may think Cincinnati is just trying to keep Mixon healthy. However, this is a trend we have seen even when Jeremy Hill was still around. Even last season when Mixon became the starter, Bernard still got a little bit less than half the snaps at running back. It looks like this is something that will continue into 2018.
  • Bengals guard Alex Redmond (51) started the game for the bengals on the right side, but he was replaced only a few series into the game after getting called for two penalties. He made an appearance in the John Ross highlight-reel catch as he was being escorted into Andy Dalton’s lap before the quarterback fired the ball downfield. Trey Hopkins (25) replaced him before Redmond came back in and played with the second unit. It should also be noted that Christian Westerman (6) left the game with a back injury. He had played at left guard in his limited time on the field.
  • We saw the first snaps for Tyler Eifert (14) this season. It wasn’t a lot, but he caught one pass, and he was man handled on his only other target. It is still great to see him out there. He didn’t even come close to his 50 snap limit that the team is hoping to have in the regular season.
  • The defensive line will clearly be rotating guys in fairly often during the regular season. The Bengals finished with six sacks, and they did it with a bunch of different names getting pressure. Carl Lawson (20) got 2.5 sacks, but one of those was aided by Geno Atkins (15) pushing his lineman into Josh Allen, which pushed Allen back into Lawson’s waiting arms. Atkins finished with half a sack. Andrew Billings (19) was also very active with 1.5 sacks, and Jordan Willis (47) — who played the most defensive snaps of the game — kicked in a half sack as well. There is no doubt we will be seeing plenty of names getting to the quarterback in the regular season.
  • Jessie Bates played 35 snaps. He didn’t show up in the box score that much, but when you watched the game you’d see him near the ball on almost every play. As far as the other safeties on the roster, Trayvon Henderson (30) is going to make it hard for the Bengals not to keep him. He had four tackles and a sack on Sunday, and he clearly played more than his competition in Josh Shaw (14). Brandon Wilson (41) also left the game with an undisclosed injury. The Bengals will be keeping Clayton Fejedelem (1) for his special teams talents, so Henderson could end up being the fifth safety on the team.
  • In case there was any debate, Nick Vigil (32) and Preston Brown (32) will be the Bengals’ nickel linebackers while Vontaze Burfict is out. Jordan Evans will be starting, but he only played 22 snaps, which means he came off the field when the defense went with its nickel look.
  • Cethan Carter looks like someone the Bengals are paying close attention to. He played 25 snaps on offense and 20 on special teams. He could be a surprise on the 53-man roster, at Ryan Hewitt’s expense.

Bengals at Bills snap counts

# NAME POS. Snaps Percentage of snaps
# NAME POS. Snaps Percentage of snaps
18 A.J. Green WR 23 34
12 Alex Erickson WR 14 21
62 Alex Redmond OG 51 77
99 Andrew Billings DT 19 29
93 Andrew Brown DT 23 35
14 Andy Dalton QB 25 39
19 Auden Tate WR 12 18
53 Billy Price C 45 68
68 Bobby Hart OT/G 45 68
61 Brad Lundblade C 18 27
51 Brandon Bell LB 22 33
40 Brandon Wilson S 41 63
23 Brian Hill RB 6 9
24 C.J. Goodwin CB 28 43
87 C.J. Uzomah TE 17 25
58 Carl Lawson DE 20 30
96 Carlos Dunlap DE 26 40
70 Cedric Ogbuehi OT 50 75
82 Cethan Carter TE 25 37
67 Chris Okoye DT 12 18
47 Chris Worley LB 11 16
63 Christian Westerman OG 6 9
42 Clayton Fejedelem S 1 1
65 Clint Boling OG 45 68
16 Cody Core WR DNP DNP
77 Cordy Glenn OT 13 19
69 Cory Helms OG DNP DNP
38 Darius Phillips CB 42 64
21 Darqueze Dennard CB 23 35
35 Davontae Harris CB DNP DNP
8 Devonte Boyd WR -- --
27 Dre Kirkpatrick CB 32 49
95 Eddy Wilson DT 7 10
97 Geno Atkins DT 15 23
25 Giovani Bernard RB 19 28
56 Hardy Nickerson LB 27 41
74 Jake Fisher OT 18 27
9 Jared Murphy WR 2 3
39 Jarveon Williams RB -- --
6 Jeff Driskel QB 17 25
30 Jessie Bates S 35 53
28 Joe Mixon RB 18 27
15 John Ross WR 37 56
50 Jordan Evans LB 22 33
88 Jordan Franks TE 7 10
75 Jordan Willis DE 47 72
80 Josh Malone WR 28 42
26 Josh Shaw CB 14 21
91 Josh Tupou DT 29 44
48 Junior Joseph LB 17 26
72 Justin Murray OT 6 9
13 Ka'Raun White WR 6 9
Kayaune Ross WR 1 1
20 KeiVarae Russell CB 26 40
76 Kent Perkins OT 6 9
13 Kermit Whitfield WR 11 16
5 Logan Woodside QB -- --
45 Malik Jefferson LB 15 23
32 Mark Walton RB 4 6
86 Mason Schreck TE 22 33
7 Matt Barkley QB 27 40
90 Michael Johnson DE 17 26
49 Moritz Böhringer TE 3 4
59 Nick Vigil LB 32 49
52 Preston Brown LB 32 49
34 Quinton Flowers RB 11 26
98 Ryan Glasgow DT 31 47
89 Ryan Hewitt FB 7 10
94 Sam Hubbard DE 46 70
36 Shawn Williams S 31 47
Simeyon Robinson DT 9 13
60 T.J. Johnson C 17 25
29 Tony McRae CB 22 33
33 Tra Carson RB 11 16
41 Trayvon Henderson S 30 46
66 Trey Hopkins OG 25 37
83 Tyler Boyd WR 29 43
85 Tyler Eifert TE 14 21
81 Tyler Kroft TE 18 27
37 Tyrice Beverette S -- --
57 Vincent Rey LB DNP DNP
55 Vontaze Burfict LB DNP DNP
22 William Jackson CB 32 49