Due to the Bengals playing in the 4 pm time slot yesterday, the NFL Game book for the game just now updated the snap count distribution, and here are a few noteworthy trends regarding the playing time or lack thereof of several players:
* With Devon Still now on the mend, Brandon Thompson figures to see a nice jump in his playing time, and his 26 snaps (39%) were the most he’s seen in his two-year career in a regular season game. It is worth pointing out that a number of those did come in mop-up duty, so it will be interesting to see how many he gets in games that are close throughout.
* Orson Charles and Alex Smith continues to get snaps as a blocking tight end or fullback. We’d hoped Orson would have taken the job and ran with it by now, but give Smith credit. The veteran has played well in that role.
* Anytime Josh Johnson gets snaps, it’s because either something has gone terribly wrong (Andy Dalton hurt), or because it’s a game like Sunday in which he’s in for mop-up duty. Hopefully, we’ll see him more for the latter as the season goes on.
* Dre Kirkpatrick was on the field for 27 snaps (40%)….and didn’t get hurt. Hallelujah!