Five Bengals Set to See More Snaps in 2019
With a new regime at the helm in Cincinnati, everyone should get a chance to impress the new staff. That includes a number of players who saw their opportunities limited under Marvin Lewis.
Here are five players who should expect an increase in their playing time from last year.
Tyler Eifert (133 snaps, 13.4% of offensive snaps)
Eifert is a an easy selection. Having suffered another injury shortened season last year, it is obvious his snap count should rise significantly, health permitting.
The Bengals have added depth at the position by retaining C.J. Uzomah and drafting Drew Sample out of Washington in the 2nd round. This should benefit Eifert and allow the staff to use him on a situational basis in an effort to keep him fresh and healthy.
He will likely operate as Andy Dalton’s safety blanket on key downs and in the red zone while Sample and Uzomah take care of most of the dirty work.
Don’t expect Eifert’s snap count to be on par with the top tight ends in the league, but it will be up from 2018, and the Cincinnati offense will benefit greatly.