Week in Review: Jumping the Snap: Offense

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Oct 14, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals center Jeff Faine (62) points in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE


As far as the offensive line is concerned, both tackle spots, as well as both guard spots remained locked down, as Clint Boling, Kevin Zeitler, Andre Smith, and Andrew Whitworth received every offensive snap at their respective positions. The one spot that remained in flux going into Sunday was the center spot. In Week 7 vs. the Steelers, Trevor Robinson received 25 snaps (50%), and Jeff Faine notched 26 (52%) of a possible 50 offensive snaps. The same ratio was true last week against the Broncos, as the two centers each received a 50/50 split.

Entering Sunday vs. the Giants, the Bengals seemed to be moving away from the incumbent Jeff Faine in favor of the rookie Robinson as the team anxiously awaits the return of Kyle Cook. With Faine suffering from a hamstring injury, Robinson received every offensive snap, and did an admirable job, so don’t expect to see a 50/50 split of snaps going forward, as the Bengals will want to try and build some continuity on their o-line of Cook is unable to return this year.


Nov 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Peerman (30) is tackled by the New York Giants defense in the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE


The only other noteworthy snap count was the nine offensive snaps backup RB Cedric Peerman received. While the number was low, he did touch the ball on nearly every snap, registering six rushes for 21 yards, and catching a dump-off pass for nine yards. If he shows the coaches he can provide an added dimension to the running game, expect to see his workload increase as the season progresses.


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