Thursday, February 13, 2014
Reviewing Bengals' snap counts (offense)
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- Across the next two days, we'll take a quick look at snap counts for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013.
These snap counts really only tell the story of how often individual players played this season, but for some, they also can offer a small glimpse into what to expect when the Bengals open OTAs and eventually training camp later this year. While many other factors will go into position battles and playing time in 2014 -- not to mention the impact free agency and the draft could have -- you can still track some measure of a returning player's value based on how much time he spent on the field.
Take these numbers with a few grains of salt. Some players' time was purely the product of situations, meaning they were only on the field for specific plays and formations. Injuries also affected the numbers. Leon Hall's overall snap count will be down, but Dre Kirkpatrick's -- who saw a lot of action at cornerback with injuries to Hall and Terence Newman -- will be comparatively high. To help adjust for that, in parentheses, we have the player's individual per game snap average. It counts only games that player appeared in. Each of these snap counts reflect include all regular-season games and the Bengals' one playoff game.