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Bengals snap counts vs. Panthers: No one gets left out

A real team effort for the Black and Orange.

Carolina Panthers v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

When everything goes right, there’s no reason to hold anything or anyone back.

The Cincinnati Bengals experienced one of their biggest wins in recent memory, with the final score being much closer than how the game played out. Star players performing like star players will always grab the headlines, but several Bengals made their season debuts after the home team quickly eliminated hope for the Carolina Panthers. Let’s see what the snaps have to say.

Total Snaps

Had the Bengals left their starters in, the gap between the Bengals’ 74 snaps and the Panthers’ 49 would’ve been greater. Carolina was able to move the ball with Baker Mayfield playing against mostly reserves, and Cincinnati was more concerned about running the clock out on offense.

Clear the bench

No, literally, the bench held no one back. Everyone on the roster who was active ended up playing Sunday. From Clay Johnston (1), to Chris Evans (1) before the latter exited the game with a knee injury, no one was kept away from the action due to the blowout. Let’s run through the notables.

  • Hakeem Adeniji (15) came in for La’el Collins at right tackle and played his usual snaps as an extra blocker earlier in the game, Trey Hill (7) came in for Ted Karras (67) at center, and Max Scharping (7). Jonah Williams and Cordell Volson both played all 74 snaps as the team only had eight lineman active.
  • Brandon Allen (16) finished the game with Samaje Perine (27) behind him as Joe Burrow (58) and Joe Mixon (48) watched from the sidelines, basking in their excellent three quarters of play.
  • Germaine Pratt (20) and Akeem Davis-Gaither (16) were the starters next to Logan Wilson (29), but Markus Bailey (19) saw plenty of run towards the end.
  • That same balance occurred at defensive end, where Joseph Ossai (26) nearly played as much as Trey Hendrickson (29) and Sam Hubbard (27).
  • Allan George (20) was active for the first time in his NFL career and came in for Eli Apple (29) to close out the game.

Starter fallacies

Injuries at cornerback had the Bengals starting the game with five defensive linemen, which meant Jalen Davis (46) played the second-most snaps on defense despite not being labeled as a starter. The Panthers being behind the entire game meant Davis was going to get plenty of snaps in coverage. Only Cam Taylor-Britt (49) played more as the rookie never left the field.

Trenton Irwin (36) experienced something similar as well. Trent Taylor (26) got the nod as the team’s No. 3 receiver to start the game, but Irwin was rotated in early and often before finishing the game. Mike Thomas (22) looks to be behind the pecking order in this Ja’Marr Chase-less offense.

Bengals’s snap counts vs. Panthers

Player Position Snaps Percentage
Player Position Snaps Percentage
Jonah Williams T 74 100%
Cordell Volson G 74 100%
Ted Karras C 67 91%
Alex Cappa G 67 91%
La'el Collins T 67 91%
Joe Burrow QB 58 78%
Tyler Boyd WR 49 66%
Joe Mixon RB 48 65%
Tee Higgins WR 46 62%
Mitchell Wilcox TE 40 54%
Trenton Irwin WR 36 49%
Hayden Hurst TE 34 46%
Samaje Perine RB 27 36%
Trent Taylor WR 26 35%
Devin Asiasi TE 23 31%
Mike Thomas WR 22 30%
Brandon Allen QB 16 22%
Hakeem Adeniji T 15 20%
Stanley Morgan Jr. WR 10 14%
Max Scharping G 7 9%
Trey Hill C 7 9%
Chris Evans RB 1 1%
Cam Taylor-Britt CB 49 100%
Jalen Davis CB 46 94%
Vonn Bell S 39 80%
Jessie Bates III S 39 80%
Logan Wilson LB 29 59%
Eli Apple CB 29 59%
Trey Hendrickson DE 29 59%
B.J. Hill DT 27 55%
Sam Hubbard DE 27 55%
Joseph Ossai DE 26 53%
Zach Carter DT 25 51%
Jay Tufele DT 23 47%
Michael Thomas S 21 43%
Allan George CB 20 41%
Germaine Pratt LB 20 41%
Markus Bailey LB 19 39%
Domenique Davis DT 19 39%
Akeem Davis-Gaither LB 16 33%
Cam Sample DE 16 33%
Joe Bachie LB 10 20%
Jeff Gunter DE 6 12%
Dax Hill S 3 6%
Clay Johnston LB 1 1%