Jumping the Snap: Bengals Week 12 Defensive Snap Trends

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Sep 16, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Nate Clements (22) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire


The most surprising snap count on Sunday was the whopping one defensive snap (2%) that Nate Clements received. After starting every game he played in, whether it was at safety or cornerback, he received only 1 snap as a corner on Sunday, by far his lowest of the season. It will be interesting to see Marvin Lewis explain why this was so. Perhaps he had an undisclosed injury or illness. He has simply played too well this year to have any game he got just one snap in.

It wasn’t as though they played the rookie, Dre Kirkpatrick in favor of him. The 17th-overall pick received just one snap as well, a clear sign that Marvin Lewis isn’t comfortable playing him after he missed all of training camp and the beginning of the regular season.

The player who did benefit from this was safety Chris Crocker, who played a season-high 98% of the snaps at safety as he was in on 60 of a possible 61 plays. Reggie Nelson also returned to fully reclaim his starting spot, playing in every defensive snap.



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