A.J. Hawk, Andy Dalton among Bengals vets who got few snaps

CINCINNATI -- Just like the Cincinnati Bengals had hoped, Friday night's preseason opener against the New York Giants was mostly about getting their second- and third-teamers a lot of snaps.

Many of them, like backup defensive end Will Clarke, rookie cornerback Josh Shaw, and reserve offensive lineman Dan France, certainly received them in the 23-10 win.

But how few snaps did some of Cincinnati's biggest stars and oldest players take?

On offense, Andy Dalton led a six-play scoring drive in the first quarter that effectively ended the night for multiple starters. On defense, linebacker A.J. Hawk only got in for four plays, although it may have seemed like fewer. Hawk didn't register a statistic.

But for the Clarkes, Shaws and Frances of the team, games like this one only help solidify their standing on a deep and talented roster.

"I'm just trying to work and trying to show the coaches that I can be a contributor this year to the team," Clarke said.

Clarke finished with one tackle and a quarterback hurry on a Bengals defense-leading 54 snaps. The Giants had 59 plays from scrimmage.

On offense, France led the way with 69 snaps. The 2013 undrafted signee relieved left tackle Andrew Whitworth early in the first quarter. Backup Jake Fisher would have gotten France's early reps, but he was sidelined for an unspecified reason. Fisher was one of three offensive line game-time lineup scratches.

According to the NFL's Game Statistics and Information System, here's how the Bengals' snap counts broke down Friday:


OT Dan France (69), OG/C T.J. Johnson (62), OT Matt O'Donnell (62), OT Tanner Hawkinson (58), QB Josh Johnson (57), TE C.J. Uzomah (42), OT Eric Winston (35), WR Mario Alford (33), WR Greg Little (31), RB James Wilder Jr. (30), WR Denarius Moore (27), TE Tyler Kroft (25), WR Marvin Jones (25), OG Chris Jasperse (22), WR Brandon Tate (21), C Jake Smith (18), C Russell Bodine (17), RB Terrell Watson (15), RB Rex Burkhead (14), TE Tyler Eifert (14), WR Jake Kumerow (13), OG Kevin Zeitler (13), OG Clint Boling (13), FB Mark Weisman (12), QB Keith Wenning (12), WR Tevin Reese (12), WR Mohamed Sanu (11), RB Cedric Peerman (8), WR Desmond Lawrence (8), RB Giovani Bernard (7), H-back Ryan Hewitt (6), OT Andrew Whitworth (6), WR A.J. Green (6), QB Andy Dalton (6), RB Jeremy Hill (6), TE Jake Murphy (5), TE Matt Lengel (2), TE John Peters (2).


DE Will Clarke (54), CB Josh Shaw (53), S Shiloh Keo (49), LB Nico Johnson (49), DE Marcus Hardison (48), Troy Hill (39), CB Chris Lewis-Harris (38), LB Marquis Flowers (37), S Derron Smith (34), LB Chris Carter (31), S Shawn Williams (27), DT Brandon Thompson (27), DT Devon Still (27), DT Pat Sims (24), LB Paul Dawson (21), CB Darqueze Dennard (18), DE Sam Montgomery (18), LB Trevor Roach (12), LB Emmanuel Lamur (11), DT DeShawn Williams (11), DT Kwame Geathers (11), LB Jayson DiManche (8), S Erick Dargan (8), S Reggie Nelson (7), DT Geno Atkins (7), LB Vincent Rey (6), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (6), S George Iloka (6), DE Carlos Dunlap (6), DE Wallace Gilberry (6), CB Adam Jones (6), CB Leon Hall (6), DT Domata Peko (4), LB A.J. Hawk (4), LB Rey Maualuga (4), S Floyd Raven Sr. (3).


Keo (15), DiManche (14), Shaw (14), Lewis-Harris (13), Flowers (12), K Tom Obarski (12), Derron Smith (11), Nico Johnson (11), Kroft (11), Uzomah (11), Shawn Williams (10), LS Clark Harris (10), P Kevin Huber (10), Carter (9), Troy Hill (9), Peerman (9), Dawson (8), Raven (8), Dennard (7), Little (7), Kumerow (6), Lamur (5), Burkhead (5), Wilder (5), Jake Smith (5), Jasperse (5), Hawkinson (5), O'Donnell (5), France (5), T.J. Johnson (5), Weisman (4), Hardison (4), Rey (4), Nelson (3), Bernard (3), Tate (3), Moore (3), Alford (3), Murphy (2), Clarke (2), Thompson (2), Dargan (2), Kirkpatrick (2), Peko (2), Onterrio McCalebb (2), Maualuga (1), Hawk (1), Adam Jones (1), Gilberry (1), Dunlap (1), Iloka (1), Atkins (1), Sims (1), Still (1), Hewitt (1), Whitworth (1), Boling (1), Zeitler (1), Bodine (1), Winston (1).

Bengals who did not play: K Mike Nugent, QB AJ McCarron, CB Brandon Ghee, LB Sean Porter, DT Kalafitoni Pole, OG Trey Hopkins, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, OT Andre Smith, OT Jake Fisher, DE Michael Johnson, DE Margus Hunt.