Jumping the Snap: Bengals Week 12 Defensive Snap Trends

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In this week’s jumping the snap, some of the most noteworthy snap counts (or lack thereof) for players were that of those who were inactive after being significant contributors for much of the season.



Oct 9, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims (90) reacts between downs against the Jacksonville Jaguars during a game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-US PRESSWIRE

DT Pat Sims continues to be a significant player in the defensive lineman rotations, as he picked up 20 of a possible 61 defensive snaps (33%). Even more noteworthy were the lack of snaps for rookie Devon Still and Brandon Thompson, who were both inactive of Sunday. It was the third-straight DNP for Still after he registered 44% of the defensive snaps against the Denver Broncos. It will be tough for either rookie to get playing time going forward.


Playing time for starting OLB Manny Lawson continued to remain limited on Sunday, as he registered only 9 defensive snaps (15%). Rookie OLB Emmanuel Lamur actually received the same number of snaps, so perhaps the team is grooming him to take over the strong-side linebacker spot when Lawson potentially departs in free agency next season.

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