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Bengals Week 1 snap count distribution: Offense still getting out-snapped

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The Colts ran significantly more plays than the Bengals on Sunday, despite the Cincinnati win.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals played their first meaningful game of the season, and they made quite a few things clear based on who played in the game. The Bengals got rid of a few big-name players over the offseason, so it is time to see how the team plans on replacing them this season.

Here are our top snap count takeaways from the Bengals’ win over the Colts:

  • There is no more rotation at offensive tackle. Cordy Glenn (55) and Bobby Hart (55) both played the entire game. Although maybe they should try a different option at right tackle as Hart was destroyed all game long. He even allowed former-Bengals defensive lineman Margus Hunt to get two sacks on Andy Dalton.
  • The Bengals were severely out-snapped by the Colts. Cincinnati ran 55 plays while the Colts ran 82. The biggest reason for this is because the Bengals defense couldn’t get off the field on third down. Indianapolis was 11/17 on third downs. That is something that needs to be corrected after it was a huge issue last season as well.
  • Joe Mixon (42) saw a vast majority of the snaps at running back after his hot start to the game. Giovani Bernard (14) still saw time, but it was hard to take Mixon off the field with how productive he was. He had 149 total yards and a touchdown against the Colts. It will be interesting to see if that will become the norm going forward.
  • John Ross (36) caught his first pass and touchdown on Sunday, but he was still third in snaps at receiver. A.J. Green (52) obviously led the pack, and Tyler Boyd (48) saw plenty of playing time as well. It seemed to work out well as everyone was fairly productive.
  • Tyler Eifert (22) was kept under his 50 snap count pretty easily as the team looks to preserve him for the entire season. What is more interesting is that Tyler Kroft (17) didn’t have the most snaps at tight end. It was actually C.J. Uzomah (36) was out there the most. It may have been due to him being one of the better blockers out of the group, but it is especially interesting after Kroft scored seven touchdowns last season.
  • Defenders who played all 82 snaps include William Jackson, Nick Vigil and Jessie Bates III. Bates is kind of surprising, but it seemed like the team doesn’t want to rotate that much outside of the defensive line if they don’t have to. Jackson also finally doesn’t have to rotate anymore, and is clearly viewed as one of the best defenders on the team after breaking out last season. Vigil’s numbers shouldn’t be surprising. He did this last season until an injury ended his year early.
  • Billy Price also took all the snaps at center. This means both Price and Bates played their entire first game in the NFL. That is basically unheard of for a Marvin Lewis team, which hopefully says a lot about the future for these players. Typically, offensive linemen don’t leave the game unless there’s an injury, so expect Price to be playing 100 percent of this year’s snaps.
  • It was strange not to see Vincent Rey playing with Vontaze Burfict serving his suspension. It was also strange not to see him replace Preston Brown (46) when he went down with an injury. It seem like the team has more confidence in their younger linebackers like Jordan Evans (31) and Hardy Nickerson Jr. (36) going forward. This may be a farewell season for Rey.
  • It only took Shawn Williams 13 snaps to get ejected due to his hit on Andrew Luck. This allowed Clayton Fejedelem (69) to play extensively though. It also allowed him to make the game-winning play when he forced a fumble, scooped it up and then took it to the house.
  • As far as the defensive line goes, it is much of the same as Carlos Dunlap (65) and Geno Atkins (56) are playing a majority of the game. One thing to watch will be how long Michael Johnson (46) holds onto his snaps ahead of what seems to be much more talented group of linemen in Carl Lawson (42), Jordan Willis (39) and even Sam Hubbard (7 defensive snaps and 1 on offense).

Bengals vs Colts snap counts

# NAME POS. Snaps Percentage of snaps
# NAME POS. Snaps Percentage of snaps
18 A.J. Green WR 52 95
83 Tyler Boyd WR 48 87
80 Josh Malone WR 2 4
15 John Ross WR 36 65
12 Alex Erickson WR 1 2
16 Cody Core WR DNP
19 Auden Tate WR DNP
77 Cordy Glenn OT 55 100
74 Jake Fisher OT 1 2
68 Bobby Hart OT 55 100
70 Cedric Ogbuehi OT DNP
65 Clint Boling OG 55 100
63 Christian Westerman OG DNP
62 Alex Redmond OG 55 100
66 Trey Hopkins OG -- --
53 Billy Price C 55 100
85 Tyler Eifert TE 22 40
81 Tyler Kroft TE 17 31
87 C.J. Uzomah TE 36 65
86 Mason Schreck TE -- --
14 Andy Dalton QB 55 100
6 Jeff Driskel QB -- --
28 Joe Mixon RB 42 76
25 Giovani Bernard RB 14 25
32 Mark Walton RB DNP DNP
33 Tra Carson RB -- --
96 Caros Dunlap DE 65 79
94 Sam Hubbard DE 7 9
90 Michael Johnson DE 46 56
75 Jordan Willis DE 39 48
58 Carl Lawson DE 42 51
97 Geno Atkins DT 56 68
98 Ryan Glasgow DT 40 49
99 Andrew Billings DT 33 40
91 Josh Tupou DT -- --
59 Nick Vigil LB 82 100
57 Vincent Rey LB -- --
52 Preston Brown LB 46 56
56 Hardy Nickerson Jr. LB 36 44
50 Jordan Evans LB 31 38
45 Malik Jefferson LB DNP
55 Vontaze Burfict LB DNP
27 Dre Kirkpatrick CB 80 98
21 Drarqueze Dennard CB 52 63
22 William Jackson CB 82 100
29 Tony McRae CB 1 1
23 Darius Phillips CB -- --
36 Shawn Williams S 13 16
42 Clayton Fejedelem S 69 84
30 Jessie Bates III S 82 100
40 Brandon Wilson S -- --