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Bengals vs. Titans snap count takeaways: Samaje Perine, Carl Lawson see increased workloads

The defense shines in their first game since the Carlos Dunlap trade as Carl Lawson stayed on the field more often.

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As the Cincinnati Bengals enter their bye week with now two wins to their name, they can use the time off to get healthy at some important positions.

Their latest victory over the Tennessee Titans saw a few players stepping up to replace and compensate for key injuries. Look no further than the offensive line; it was compromised entirely of backups!

Here are the key takeaways from the Bengals’ snap counts vs. the Titans:

  • After the offense’s first drive, Shaq Calhoun (11) was pulled at left guard and Quinton Spain (62) finished the game at that spot. Calhoun only started the game because Michael Jordan was declared out with an illness and Calhoun had been with the team for much longer than the recently-signed Spain had. The coaching staff wanted to see what Spain could do after an unimpressive drive from Calhoun and Spain proved worthy of being on the field. Left guard has always been Spain’s natural position, but if he wants to stay on the field going forward, he may have to move to right guard for when Jordan returns.
  • Giovani Bernard (47) had a solid two-touchdown performance despite yielding Samaje Perine (24) a third of the offensive snaps. Perine hasn’t played over 20 offensive snaps in a single game since Week 16 of his rookie year back in 2017. Joe Mixon could very well be back after the bye week and that should return Perine to the bench, but he did well taking the load off of Bernard.
  • With Auden Tate (33) making plays throughout the game, Mike Thomas (6) saw his lowest snap count of the season. Before his shoulder injury that kept him out of Week 6, Tate had been averaging 22 snaps a game and only appeared in six snaps in Week 7. Thomas found some success every now and then with Tate out or limited, but Sunday saw Tate showcase his peak form, so there was little need for Thomas to be involved.
  • Carl Lawson (55) played 89% of the defense’s snaps, which is the second-highest defensive snap % he’s had in his entire career. The defense needed to feature Lawson as much as possible after trading away Carlos Dunlap last week and the fourth-year pass rusher led the team in pressures with three.
  • LeShaun Sims (51) had a revenge game opportunity when Darius Phillips (10) was carted off of the field with a leg injury. Sims had a rough outing off of the bench against his former team and maybe counted on to play for Phillips if he’s not going to be available in the near future. The sooner Trae Waynes gets healthy, the better.

Bengals snap counts vs. Titans

Player Position Offensive Snaps OFF snap % Defensive Snaps DEF snap % Special Teams Snaps ST snap %
Player Position Offensive Snaps OFF snap % Defensive Snaps DEF snap % Special Teams Snaps ST snap %
Hakeem Adeniji T 73 100% 0 0% 5 21%
Fred Johnson T 73 100% 0 0% 5 21%
Billy Price C 73 100% 0 0% 5 21%
Alex Redmond G 73 100% 0 0% 5 21%
Joe Burrow QB 73 100% 0 0% 0 0%
Drew Sample TE 62 85% 0 0% 6 25%
Quinton Spain G 62 85% 0 0% 0 0%
A.J. Green WR 62 85% 0 0% 0 0%
Tee Higgins WR 57 78% 0 0% 0 0%
Tyler Boyd WR 55 75% 0 0% 1 4%
Giovani Bernard RB 47 64% 0 0% 1 4%
Auden Tate WR 33 45% 0 0% 3 12%
Samaje Perine RB 24 33% 0 0% 13 54%
Cethan Carter TE 16 22% 0 0% 14 58%
Shaq Calhoun G 11 15% 0 0% 5 21%
Mike Thomas WR 6 8% 0 0% 0 0%
Mason Schreck TE 2 3% 0 0% 9 38%
Alex Erickson WR 1 1% 0 0% 5 21%
Vonn Bell S 0 0% 62 100% 5 21%
William Jackson III CB 0 0% 62 100% 0 0%
Jessie Bates III S 0 0% 62 100% 0 0%
Carl Lawson DE 0 0% 55 89% 1 4%
LeShaun Sims CB 0 0% 51 82% 9 38%
Khalid Kareem DE 0 0% 43 69% 3 12%
Mackensie Alexander CB 0 0% 39 63% 0 0%
Josh Bynes LB 0 0% 38 61% 5 21%
Mike Daniels DT 0 0% 35 56% 5 21%
Christian Covington DT 0 0% 35 56% 5 21%
Germaine Pratt LB 0 0% 34 55% 3 12%
Logan Wilson LB 0 0% 30 48% 14 58%
Margus Hunt DT 0 0% 29 47% 6 25%
Amani Bledsoe DE 0 0% 26 42% 5 21%
Akeem Davis-Gaither LB 0 0% 22 35% 12 50%
Xavier Williams DT 0 0% 19 31% 4 17%
Geno Atkins DT 0 0% 19 31% 0 0%
Darius Phillips CB 0 0% 10 16% 3 12%
Shawn Williams S 0 0% 9 15% 18 75%
Brandon Wilson S 0 0% 2 3% 14 58%
Jordan Evans LB 0 0% 0 0% 19 79%
Tony Brown CB 0 0% 0 0% 13 54%
Randy Bullock K 0 0% 0 0% 11 46%
Markus Bailey LB 0 0% 0 0% 10 42%
Kevin Huber P 0 0% 0 0% 8 33%
Clark Harris LS 0 0% 0 0% 8 33%
Keaton Sutherland G 0 0% 0 0% 5 21%
Trayveon Williams RB 0 0% 0 0% 1 4%