In this week’s edition of Jumping the snap, we look at who got the majority of snaps during Cincinnati’s 28-6 win over the Chiefs, as well as a number of lesser-seen Bengals who got some run Sunday.
The Fall of Binns and Emergence of Sanu
As we pointed out earlier, against the Chiefs, despite slot receiver Andrew Hawkins missing the game, Armon Binns got in for only 11 offensive snaps (15%). Second-year receiver Ryan Whalen chipped in 15 snaps (21%), and looks to have passed Binns on the depth chart. This, after recording four snaps (7%) vs. the Giants last week while Binns sat inactive on the bench.
Brandon Tate was on the field for 34 snaps (48%), the 4th-most by a Bengals receiver or tight end, after receiving 34% of the offensive snaps vs. the Giants last week. The incumbent WR/KR had a descent outing vs. the Chiefs, highlighted by a highlight-reel 24-yard diving grab along the sidelines
I’ts safe to assume the Bengals receiver depth goes from Green, Sanu, Hawkins, Tate, Whalen, to Binns as of now. Who knows where Marvin Jones will factor when and if he fully recovers from his knee injury.
In Trevor We Trust
Jeff Faine doesn’t look to have much of a chance of reclaiming his starting center spot after losing it as a result of not practicing for much of the past two weeks due to a hamstring injury. For the second-straight week, Faine was active but watched the entire game from the bench as rookie Trevor Robinson once again took every snap. This, after splitting 50% of the snaps three weeks ago vs. the Broncos, and it looks as though Faine has fallen completely out of the starting lineup. It will be interesting to see what the team does when/if Kyle Cook returns for his ankle injury. The team could let Faine go if they think Cook can stay healthy the remainder of the year.