Wide Receiver Shuffle
With rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu likely out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury, yesterday’s game saw the rookie receiver Marvin Jones receive the most playing time in his young career. In his first NFL start, Jones was in for 67 /76 offensive plays (88%).
Andrew Hawkins, returning from a two-game absence due to a knee injury, was in for 55 plays (72%).
It’s worth noting that after Ryan Whalen‘s 9 snaps (9%), only four Bengals receivers received any snaps yesterday. Armon Binns was inactive and Brandon Tate didn’t register a single snap. Given that Tate is used as a returner on special teams, it will be very hard for Binns to get back on the active gameday roster if he can’t overtake Ryan Whalen on the depth chart.
Commitment to Run Game
As we noted earlier, starting fullback Chris Pressley was in for 13 snaps (17%), and over the past four weeks, the former Wisconsin Badger has received double-digit snaps in every game after getting just four snaps (5%) in the Bengals’ last loss to the Denver Broncos.
Keep on Rolland Baby
Backup offensive tackle Dennis Rolland continues to be used as a blocking tight end, and after getting in for nine snaps (12%) yesterday, he has now been in for at least 10% of the offensive snaps for the past three games. Those three games have also been the Bengals’ biggest rushing days of the year. While Rolland’s contributions are minor, between he and Pressley getting more snaps shows the teams’ stronger dedication to the running game now.