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Jaguars vs. Bengals: Snap count and playing time

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Let's take a quick look at yesterday's Jaguars vs. Bengals game where young players got snaps in place of backups, especially on defense.

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Joe Robbins

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost 33-23 to the Cincinnati Bengals, and with several key members of the defense out because of injury, it gave us a good look at some of the younger backups.

Thanks to the good people at Pro Football Focus for helping to compile this information for us.

Offense - 64 snaps

Quarterback: Blake Bortles (64)

Running backs: Denard Robinson (38), Toby Gerhart (21), Will Ta'ufo-ou (14), and Jordan Todman (7).

Wide receivers: Allen Robinson (56), Allen Hurns (55), Cecil Shorts III (53), and Marqise Lee (7).

Offensive line: Zane Beadles (64), Luke Bowanko (64), Austin Pasztor (64), Luke Joeckel (64), Jacques McClendon (50), and Brandon Linder (14).

Tight ends: Clay Harbor (52) and Nic Jacobs (17)

The Jaguars are using Jordan Todman less and Toby Gerhart more than in previous weeks, and Gerhart hasn't gotten this many snaps since Week 4 against the San Diego Chargers. Marqise Lee's lack of snaps is concerning, but the even distribution between the top three of Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Cecil Shorts III is encouraging.

Defense - 69 snaps

Defensive linemen: Chris Clemons (50), Sen'Derrick Marks (45), Roy Miller (40), Red Bryant (35), Tyson Alualu (34), Ziggy Hood (26), Abry Jones (16), Ryan Davis (21), and Chris Smith (10)

Linebackers: J.T. Thomas (69), Geno Hayes (36), Telvin Smith (33), LaRoy Reynolds (24), and Jeremiah George (12).

Secondary: Johnathan Cyprien (69), Dwayne Gratz (68), Demetrius McCray (68), Josh Evans (62), and Sherrod Martin (41).

J.T. Thomas has played every defensive snap for two games in a row, which is just one game away from how many times Paul Posluszny did it before getting injured in Week 7. Also, the snap count was far more evenly distributed among the top three defensive linemen than it was last week. The secondary only used five defensive backs all game, as opposed to six last week.