We already looked at the offensive snap counts for the Cleveland Browns against the Detroit Lions. Now, it's time to turn our attention to the defensive snap counts.
|DL||Ahtyba Rubin||22||37%||0 tackles, 1 assist (1 combined).|
|DL||Billy Winn||21||35%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
|DL||Desmond Bryant||20||33%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
|DL||Brian Sanford||17||28%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
|DL||Phil Taylor||16||27%||0 tackles, 1 assist (1 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|DL||John Hughes||15||25%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Armonty Bryant||12||20%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, 1 tackle for loss.|
|DL||Ishmaa'ily Kitchen||9||15%||0 tackles, 1 assist (1 combined).|
|DL||Nick Jean-Baptiste||3||5%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Dave Kruger||3||5%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
Last week, the starting defensive linemen saw 6 or fewer snaps. The big increase in reps went to Rubin, who only saw 4 snaps a week ago. Hall Davis, who led this group in snaps a week ago, did not play with an injury. While some of the backups' reps dropped this week, Sanford remained near the top. He remains a candidate to be retained. Bryant notched the Browns' only sack of the night late in the game.
|OLB||Justin Cole||28||47%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
|OLB||Paul Kruger||26||43%||0 tackles. 1 quarterback hit, 1 pass defended.|
|OLB||Jabaal Sheard||24||40%||1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 tackle for loss.|
|OLB||Quentin Groves||24||40%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).|
|OLB||Kendrick Adams||18||30%||0 tackles, 1 assist (1 combined).|
The Browns' depth chart had Cole moving to outside linebacker this week, but I'll have to go back and watch the tape to see if that's true or not. Mingo never got a chance to play on defense, according to the stat sheet -- he had 8 special teams plays before leaving with a bruised lung (I cringe typing that, ugh!). Sheard and Kruger were very impressive early on.
|ILB||Craig Robertson||26||43%||1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|ILB||D'Qwell Jackson||26||43%||3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).|
|ILB||L.J. Fort||19||32%||5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined).|
|ILB||James-Michael Johnson||16||27%||0 tackles, 1 assist (1 combined).|
|ILB||Justin Staples||12||20%||No stats registered.|
|ILB||Tommy Smith||12||20%||0 tackles, 1 assist (1 combined).|
|ILB||Tank Carder||9||15%||No stats registered.|
26 snaps is the magic number this week, because that's how many reps the starters who play 100% of their snaps saw. That included Robertson, Jackson, Gipson, Haden, and Owens. Fort seems to be entrenched as Jackson's backup still. In an interesting twist, Johnson saw more reps than Carder. Staples and Smith didn't really get enough snaps to make an impact.
|S||Josh Aubrey||41||68%||3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).|
|S||Johnson Bademosi||29||48%||1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).|
|S||Tashaun Gipson||26||43%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 tackle for loss.|
|S||Kenronte Walker||12||20%||No stats registered.|
|S||Kent Richardson||12||20%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 tackle for loss.|
Upon initial viewing, Gipson looked very good as the starting free safety. The coaching staff is getting a lot of film on Aubrey while Ward and Slaughter remain sidelined.
|CB||Akeem Auguste||31||52%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|CB||Abdul Kanneh||27||45%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|CB||Joe Haden||26||43%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|CB||Chris Owens||26||43%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).|
|CB||Trevin Wade||22||37%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|CB||Buster Skrine||21||35%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).|
|CB||Vernon Kearney||9||15%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
The stats would indicate that Owens got the start and played on the outside, with Skrine playing the slot. Pretty much all of the cornerbacks had pretty solid days against the Lions, even the backups. Auguste continues to see more reps than any other corner, along with Kanneh. Those two will battle it out for a practice squad spot, while Kearney will be left hoping to find a spot elsewhere. I still like Wade's play. Leon McFadden will throw a wrench into things when he comes back.