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Bengals vs. 49ers snap count takeaways: O-line depth put to the test

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Injuries cause all seven active offensive lineman to play in Week 2 for the Bengals.

San Francisco 49ers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Well, the snap count takeaways will certainly have a different tone this week. We were excited to see some new developments last week with a new head coach starting out in Zac Taylor. It also came during a game where the Bengals *almost* won.

This week was rough, and that is putting it nicely. We can still try to gleam some information from the Bengals’ second game in the Taylor era.

Bengals’ snap count takeaways:

  • Unlike last week where the Bengals dominated the number of snaps, they faced a team that could actually stay on the field and keep up with them in the 49ers. To be fair, it wasn’t as bad as in 2018 when the Bengals would get out snapped due to a terrible offense. The Bengals converted eight of 17 third downs, which isn’t great. That does tell you how bad 2018 was though. The Bengals defense only forced the 49ers into nine third downs, and they converted five of those. Ultimately it was a pretty even split as the Bengals offense ran 70 plays and the 49ers ran 72. Cincinnati just had issues with penalties and having drives last long enough to earn points.
  • The first issue we encounter was the commitment to linebackers Preston Brown (62) and Nick Vigil (71). They weren’t necessarily the biggest problems on Cincinnati’s defense, but their lack of athleticism while the 49ers were running constant misdirection didn’t help. Last week we saw rookie Germaine Pratt get a drive, and we should’ve seen him in the game at least by the time San Francisco was way out in front. For whatever reason, Pratt didn’t see any snaps on defense.
  • Joe Mixon was active after suffering an ankle injury last week. It would’ve been a reasonable to think he would be limited in snaps coming into the game. He had 38 snaps while Giovani Bernard had 28 snaps. Neither player was able to get going, but you could say that about most of the offense.
  • We saw some players get pulled which gave opportunities to some younger guys or people lower on the depth chart. We saw Drew Sample (19), the Bengals’ second round pick from this past draft, get his first reception and extended action when things got out of hand. That means we saw a dip in Tyler Eifert’s (19) snaps. It was still C.J. Uzomah who dominated tight end snaps with 42. Cincinnati is clearly picking and choosing the times to play Eifert while Uzomah seems like their true No. 1 tight end.
  • Left tackle Andre Smith got benched/injured(?) which resulted in John Jerry playing most of the game at left tackle. Smith only played 33 snaps while Jerry had the rest of the 47 plays. This just shows how much Cincinnati needs a healthy Cordy Glenn with them having to play Jerry at left tackle. We also saw Billy Price (15) come in and play left guard after rookie Michael Jordan (55) went down with an injury.
  • It was interesting to see more of Alex Erickson (15) this week. Although his snap counts didn’t go up by that much. It just seemed like Dalton was looking for him more. It was actually Auden Tate (25) who saw the biggest increase in snaps after being inactive last week. Rookie Damion Willis (45) fell the most after playing almost every snap in Week 1. Overall, John Ross III (60) and Tyler Boyd (55) dominated the snaps.
  • Jessie Bates III, Shawn Williams, William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick played the whole game. What was interesting, as far as snap counts go, was when B.W. Webb (32) left with an injury, we saw a mix of Brandon Wilson (8), Tony McRae (5) and Darius Phillips (2) take his place. If Webb has to miss next week we will have to watch to see if he is replaced by a committee, or if they find a guy during practice. Also it was weird not to see Clayton Fejedelem receive any defensive snaps in three-safety sets.

Bengals snap counts against the 49ers

# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
# POS. NAME Snaps Percentage of snaps
83 WR Tyler Boyd 55 79
15 WR Damion Willis 45 64
11 WR John Ross 60 86
12 WR Alex Erickson 15 21
16 WR Pharoh Cooper DNP DNP
19 WR Auden Tate 25 36
18 WR A.J. Green DNP DNP
77 OT Cordy Glenn DNP DNP
71 OT Andre Smith 23 33
68 OT Bobby Hart 70 100
67 OG John Miller 70 100
60 OG Michael Jordan 55 79
64 OG John Jerry 47 67
66 C Trey Hopkins 70 100
53 C Billy Price 15 21
87 TE C.J. Uzomah 42 60
89 TE Drew Sample 19 27
85 TE Tyler Eifert 19 27
82 TE Cethan Carter -- --
14 QB Andy Dalton 70 100
7 QB Jake Dolegala DNP DNP
5 QB Ryan Finley -- --
28 RB Joe Mixon 38 54
25 RB Giovani Bernard 28 40
34 RB Samaje Perine 4 6
32 RB Trayveon Williams DNP DNP
96 DE Caros Dunlap 61 85
94 DE Sam Hubbard 64 89
72 DE Kerry Wynn 2 3
93 DE Andrew Brown DNP DNP
58 DE Carl Lawson 27 38
97 DT Geno Atkins 48 67
99 DT Andrew Billings 40 56
91 DT Josh Tupou 36 50
95 DT Renell Wren DNP DNP
98 DT Ryan Glasgow 46 64
59 LB Nick Vigil 71 99
57 LB Germaine Pratt -- --
52 LB Preston Brown 62 86
50 LB Jordan Evans -- --
55 LB LaRoy Reynolds -- --
27 CB Dre Kirkpatrick 72 100
22 CB William Jackson 72 100
29 CB Tony McRae 5 7
24 CB Darius Phillips 2 3
23 CB B.W. Webb 32 44
36 S Shawn Williams 72 100
42 S Clayton Fejedelem -- --
30 S Jessie Bates III 72 100
40 S Brandon Wilson 8 11