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Bengals at Browns snap count takeaways: John Ross eased in while Carl Lawson starts

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John Ross’ return wasn’t what many may have expected. Meanwhile, Carl Lawson plays almost the entire game.

Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Bengals lost a close game to the Browns on Sunday and there are a couple clear reasons as to why. For starters, Cincinnati’s red zone struggles returned in full force; netting one touchdown in five tries. Despite this, the Bengals would’ve gotten the ball back down only a touchdown had the refs not went back and assigned a pass interference call against William Jackson III, taking away a second Jessie Bates III interception in the process. That wasn’t even the only crucial call on that drive.

It was a tough loss to swallow for the Bengals’ locker room, but is there anything the snap counts can tell us about this game though?

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

  • Somehow Cincinnati ended up dominating the amount of plays run on Sunday. The Bengals ran 75 plays to the Browns 56. This game is another one of those cases where it shows that, while it is nice to run more plays than the opposing team, it is more about what your offense can do with those plays. Andy Dalton’s pick-six also swayed things greatly when combined with the Browns’ two other turnovers. Cincinnati had two 16-play drives in the second half that only accounted for three points.
  • One of the bigger stories coming into the game was John Ross III’s return to the field since being on injured reserve since Week 4. He clearly wasn’t being played as a fully healthy player, though. Ross only played 38 snaps on the day. When you compare that to players like Tyler Boyd (56), Alex Erickson (60), Auden Tate (29) and even undrafted rookie Stanley Morgan (23), you can tell that the coaches either want to not risk injuring Ross to end the season, or want to ease him back in. It should also be noted that Tate left the game with an injury in case you were wondering why Erickson saw the most snaps of any wide receiver.
  • Carl Lawson (51) saw his highest percentage of snaps likely of his entire career. The only other game that we probably saw him as much was his breakout game against the Packers. Lawson’s boosted playtime was likely due to Sam Hubbard being out, but Lawson showed that he is a payer who can be out there more than just passing situations. That will be important for him looking into the how he fits with the future of this team, because he will obviously play a much larger role if he is capable of making plays on early downs.
  • Rookie linebacker Germaine Pratt (40) also played most of the game on defense. Previously, he had been splitting most of his snaps with safety Brandon Wilson, but since Wilson was placed on injured reserve this week, it opened up more time for Pratt. While he isn’t making huge waves with his playing time, he hasn’t been noticeably bad, which his honestly a huge improvement given the state of the linebacking group previously. Also it has to be noted that Nick Vigil (56) has really been playing out of his mind the past few games. He had an interception early in this one when he took the ball away from David Njoku, and he almost had another one when the ball shot right through his hands jumping a slant route.
  • As far as the offensive line goes, the biggest thing to report is rookie guard Michael Jordan started his second game in a row at left guard. Next to him, Billy Price subbed in for Trey Hopkins at center for a single play and Fred Johnson, the tackle the Bengals claimed off of waivers from the Steelers, has secured a role as the sixth offensive lineman. He played six snaps this week.
  • Darius Phillips didn’t play a single defensive snap this week. Instead, Greg Mabin played four plays as the fourth cornerback. Last week it was Phillips who saw those four snaps, but this week he was just returning kickoffs and playing special teams.

Bengals snap counts against the Browns

# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
83 WR Tyler Boyd 56 75
17 WR Stanley Morgan 23 31
12 WR Alex Erickson 60 80
19 WR Auden Tate 29 39
18 WR A.J. Green DNP DNP
11 WR John Ross 38 51
77 OT Cordy Glenn 75 100
68 OT Bobby Hart 75 100
74 OT Fred Johnson 6 8
71 OT Isaiah Prince DNP DNP
67 OG John Miller 75 100
60 OG Michael Jordan 75 100
64 OG John Jerry DNP DNP
66 C Trey Hopkins 74 99
53 C Billy Price 1 1
87 TE C.J. Uzomah 45 60
85 TE Tyler Eifert 35 47
82 TE Cethan Carter 9 12
86 TE Mason Schreck DNP DNP
14 QB Andy Dalton 75 100
7 QB Jake Dolegala DNP DNP
5 QB Ryan Finley -- --
28 RB Joe Mixon 44 59
25 RB Giovani Bernard 30 40
32 RB Trayveon Williams -- --
96 DE Caros Dunlap 49 88
94 DE Sam Hubbard DNP DNP
93 DE Andrew Brown 13 23
58 DE Carl Lawson 51 91
97 DE Anthony Zettel 7 12
97 DT Geno Atkins 38 68
99 DT Andrew Billings 40 71
91 DT Josh Tupou 21 38
95 DT Renell Wren 19 34
59 LB Nick Vigil 56 100
57 LB Germaine Pratt 40 71
56 LB Hardy Nickerson Jr. 4 7
50 LB Jordan Evans 5 9
55 LB LaRoy Reynolds -- --
22 CB William Jackson 55 98
21 CB Darqueze Dennard 43 77
29 CB Tony McRae -- --
20 CB Torry McTyer DNP DNP
23 CB B.W. Webb 50 89
26 CB Greg Mabin 4 7
23 CB Darius Phillips -- --
36 S Shawn Williams 56 100
42 S Clayton Fejedelem 8 14
30 S Jessie Bates III 56 100
41 S Trayvon Henderson -- --