Jumping the Snap

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In this week’s edition of Jumping the Snap, we take a look at some notable snaps count trends in the running game, as well as the safety position, two of the biggest question marks for the team right now.


September 30, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Brian Leonard (40) carries the ball during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-US PRESSWIRE

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis received 31 of a possible 69 (45%) offensive snaps at RB. It was a season-low for Ellis after he was averaging 75% through the first four games. It looked as though Bernard Scott was ready to take over a heavier work load after receiving five early carries for 40 yards, but sadly tore his ACL on the fifth carry, and ended up with only 11 (16%)  runningback snaps.

Instead of Ellis receiving more carries in his absence, Brian Leonard had a season high 21 (30%) offensive snaps, signaling that the team may either be losing faith in Ellis, or are trying hard to reduce his workload after fumbling three times in the prior two games to Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. OR it could be due to the fact they felt throwing the ball 43 times was a good strategy, and Leonard is now the top receiving threat out of the backfield.  One thing is for sure; the running game is a mess, and outside of bringing in another back via trade or free agency, its hard to see it getting any better as the season goes on.

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