Thanks to NFL.com’s gamebook for every game, as well as Pro football Focus, we’re able to look at the snap counts for every Bengals player for every game. Each week we’ll break down who got snaps where, and what it means going forward.
CBs Terrence Newman & Adam Jones, and free safety Reggie Nelson played 59 of a possible 60 defensive snaps vs. the Jaguars. Strong safety Taylor Mays was in for 57 snaps, while newly-signed Chris Crocker played in 19 plays at corner and safety. If Leon Hall and Nate Clements return to action this week, expect to see Clements go back to playing more safety, while Mays sees his playing time drop significantly, and Chris Crocker may be a gameday inactive.
The much-maligned Rey Maualuga was the only defensive player to play in all 60 snaps. This is a clear signal the team currently has no plans to bench him, despite leading the team in 9 missed tackles. I believe this is more of a case of not having an adequate replacement for Rey. Mike Zimmers’ defensive schemes are very hard to learn, so don’t expect anyone they bring in from the outside(trade, free agency) to step in and take significant playing time from Rey.