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Snap count takeaways from Bengals’ overtime thriller in Miami

A few younger Bengals get their shot to prove themselves with the season almost over.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals and Dolphins had a wild finish to a game most people wrote off as an unwatchable affair earlier this year. After scoring 16 points in the final 29 seconds, the Bengals forced overtime, which obviously changes things for snap counts considering they played an extra quarter.

Cincinnati still made some changes this week, which were either planned or due to injury that should help them evaluate some guys going into the offseason.

Here are the snap count takeaways from the Bengals loss to the Dolphins:

  • Ironically, both teams ran 90 offensive snaps on the day. It was really a story of two halves as the Dolphins jumped out to a huge lead in the first half. The Bengals also managed to put together 16 points in under a minute due to an onside kick recovery. Both teams put together a surge of offense, but they just came at different points in the game.
  • One big change on Sunday was Cincinnati giving Fred Johnson (62) time at left tackle to see what they have in him. This sort of gives us an indication of what many may have already assumed, that Cordy Glenn (28) most likely won’t be returning this upcoming offseason. How did Johnson look? He was solid. It was his first time playing for an extended period of time. He had a few penalties, and there was some rough sledding in the running game, but it is hard to pin that solely on Johnson. He should be a candidate to at least bring onto Cincinnati’s 90-man roster this offseason to compete for a spot.
  • One player we have to talk about is Darius Phillips (27). He eventually came in for the injured William Jackson III (40), and he looked like he picked up where he left off early in the season. On a day where it looked like no one had any interest in covering any Miami receiver, Phillips had the sole interception, and in overtime he made several plays that either broke up passes or were split seconds away from being another possible turnover. Considering he looks like he is on the cusp of turning a corner with such little playing time, he has to be someone who starts next week. He is playing less than Darqueze Dennard (80), B.W. Webb (88) and Greg Mabin (5) even took some snaps before they left Phillips get a shot in the game. Whether they were holding him back due to health concerns or feeling they had better guys, Phillips has proved he deserves a shot to prove what he can do with a full workload.
  • Joe Mixon showed up on the injury report this week with a calf injury, and we all didn’t think much of it, especially after he was a full go at practice the following days. On Sunday, though, he only ended up playing 39 snaps. Zac Taylor mentioned after the game that Mixon wasn’t completely healthy and alluded to the running back being sick. In his place, Giovani Bernard (51) took every other running back snap. It would’ve been nice to see Trayveon Williams for a drive or two in this instance, but that appears to be wishful thinking at this point.
  • Geno Atkins (72) and Andrew Billings (72) seemed to be on a very specific rotation with Josh Tupou (47) on Sunday. Freedom Akinmoladun was also active on the day, but he only played two snaps. It Seems Renell Wren’s injury really has shortened up the defensive tackle rotation to a point where Atkins and company is probably playing more than coaches would like. The team may have to spend a late-round pick on a defensive tackle they can stash on the practice squad to avoid a similar situation next season, or they could play Sam Hubbard (74) a few more snaps at defensive tackle, and allow Carl Lawson (51) and Carlos Dunlap (67) a chance to absorb those extra snaps.
  • Billy Price (81) started at right guard for the Bengals, and he had a pretty rough start to the day. It was so rough that John Jerry even came in and replaced him for nine snaps. After that though Price seemed to settle down a bit. He wasn’t spectacular by any means, but he wasn’t having the mental errors we saw at the beginning of the game. He is a player who we may see again in the final week of the season as it appears his spot on the roster isn’t a certainty going into next season.

Bengals snap counts against Dolphins

# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
83 WR Tyler Boyd 83 92
17 WR Stanley Morgan 15 17
12 WR Alex Erickson 68 76
15 WR Damion Willis DNP DNP
18 WR A.J. Green DNP DNP
11 WR John Ross 71 79
77 OT Cordy Glenn 28 31
68 OT Bobby Hart 90 100
74 OT Fred Johnson 62 69
71 OT Isaiah Prince DNP DNP
67 OG John Miller DNP DNP
60 OG Michael Jordan 90 100
64 OG John Jerry 9 10
66 C Trey Hopkins 90 100
53 C Billy Price 81 90
87 TE C.J. Uzomah 47 52
85 TE Tyler Eifert 57 63
82 TE Cethan Carter 19 21
86 TE Mason Schreck -- --
14 QB Andy Dalton 90 100
7 QB Jake Dolegala DNP DNP
5 QB Ryan Finley -- --
28 RB Joe Mixon 39 43
25 RB Giovani Bernard 51 57
32 RB Trayveon Williams -- --
96 DE Caros Dunlap 67 74
94 DE Sam Hubbard 74 82
93 DE Andrew Brown 9 10
58 DE Carl Lawson 51 57
97 DT Geno Atkins 72 80
99 DT Andrew Billings 72 80
91 DT Josh Tupou 47 52
92 DT Freedom Akinmoladun 2 2
59 LB Nick Vigil 78 87
57 LB Germaine Pratt 63 70
56 LB Hardy Nickerson Jr. 12 13
50 LB Jordan Evans 13 14
55 LB LaRoy Reynolds -- --
45 LB Brady Sheldon DNP DNP
22 CB William Jackson 40 44
21 CB Darqueze Dennard 80 89
29 CB Tony McRae -- --
20 CB Torry McTyer DNP DNP
23 CB B.W. Webb 88 98
26 CB Greg Mabin 5 6
23 CB Darius Phillips 27 30
36 S Shawn Williams 89 99
42 S Clayton Fejedelem 10 11
30 S Jessie Bates III 90 100
41 S Trayvon Henderson 1 1