Analyzing the Snap Counts in Rams vs. Browns (Offense)

Matt Sullivan

Last year during the regular season, after each game, we would analyze how many snap counts every player on the team had. We will do the same thing this preseason, splitting the series up into offense, defense, and special teams breakdowns, starting with last night's game between the St. Louis Rams and the Cleveland Browns.

Because this is the preseason, you have to kind of understand the context of many of these snap count percentages. For example, it doesn't mean much that Miguel Maysonet saw more snaps than any other running back, because the third-team offense simply got a lot of plays late in the game. Game statistics are provided for each of the players.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Brian Hoyer 27 42% 10-of-14 for 100 yards, 1 TD. 1 carry, -4 yards.
QB Brandon Weeden 23 36% 10-of-13 for 112 yards, 1 TD.
QB Jason Campbell 14 22% 6-of-7 for 37 yards. 1 carry, 12 yards.

Weeden saw one play in the second quarter, since it was the conclusion of a drive he was putting together. All three quarterbacks were quite accurate on the night, and no one committed a turnover.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Miguel Maysonet 21 33% 9 carries, 25 yards, 2.8 avg. 2 catches, 13 yards (2 targets).
RB Brandon Jackson 18 28% 11 carries, 32 yards, 2.9 avg. 5 catches, 22 yards (5 targets).
RB Dion Lewis 15 23% 5 carries, 12 yards, 2.4 avg. 3 catches, 22 yards, 1 TD (3 targets).
FB Chris Ogbonnaya 14 22% 1 carry, 4 yards, 4.0 avg. 1 catch, 2 yards (2 targets).
FB Owen Marecic 8 12% No stats registered.

The yards per carry average was not the greatest, with most of the backs averaging under 3 yards per carry. The positive is the success as receivers: of the three primary running backs, they were targeted 10 times and caught all 10 passes. The screen play was run effectively twice. No touches for Marecic, and Ogbonnaya had a drop. It's contagious -- being a fullback and dropping the ball.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Greg Little 23 36% 2 catches, 20 yards (4 targets). 1 carry, 1 yard.
WR Josh Gordon 22 34% 2 catches, 27 yards (2 targets).
WR Jordan Norwood 17 27% 1 catch, 9 yards (1 target).
WR Josh Cooper 16 25% 2 catches, 19 yards (2 targets).
WR Naaman Roosevelt 15 23% 0 catches (1 target).
WR Travis Benjamin 14 22% 1 catch, 12 yards (1 target).
WR Tori Gurley 12 19% 1 catch, 4 yards (1 target).
WR Dominique Croom 9 14% 1 catch, 22 yards (2 targets).
WR Davone Bess 7 11% 1 catch, 7 yards (1 target).
WR Cordell Roberson 6 9% 1 catch, 26 yards, 1 TD (2 targets).
WR Mike Edwards 4 6% 1 catch, 8 yards (1 target).

Little played every snap that Weeden was in the game, meaning Gordon was not in for one of those plays (probably near the goal line if I had to guess). Bess saw action on third down and some three-receiver sets. Cooper had a stretch of consecutive catches. It seemed like Norwood had more production than he actually did. For Roberson being a guy I noticed in camp, he was at the bottom of the rep chart. He did have a touchdown, though. Croom made a nice snag. Roosevelt appears ahead of the undrafted players.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Kellen Davis 41 64% 0 catches (1 target).
TE Jordan Cameron 20 31% 1 catch, 30 yards (2 targets).
TE Gary Barnidge 16 25% 1 catch, 6 yards (2 targets).
TE Dan Gronkowski 16 25% No stats registered.
TE Travis Tannahill 6 9% No stats registered.

Davis was tied for having the most snaps among offensive players in yesterday's game. He must have been used as an extra blocker, which is what he's known for. The Browns weren't pressured often, so I'll have to go back and see if he played a part in that. Cameron had a fastball go off his shoulders, but Little saved him. Not much action for the tight ends in the passing game after Weeden left.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays %
OT Martin Wallace 41 64%
OG Jason Pinkston 37 58%
OG Caylin Hauptmann 27 42%
OT Dominic Alford 27 42%
C Jarrow Shaw 26 41%
OG Garrett Gilkey 25 39%
C Alex Mack 24 38%
OT Mitchell Schwartz 23 36%
OT Joe Thomas 23 36%
OG John Greco 23 36%
OT Aaron Adams 15 23%
C Braxston Cave 15 23%
OT Rashad Butler 14 22%

Pinkston pulled double duty, playing with both the first- and second-team offense. Could that mean that Lauvao is still ahead of him when he comes back? I don't know if it's an error or not, but Mack is listed as having one more snap that Thomas, Schwartz, and Greco. The veteran Butler did not see much action compared to the youngsters at offensive tackle. Either they know what Butler can do, or are leaning toward keeping a youngster. Overall, the offensive line yielded 1 sack on the night.

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We'll have coverage on the defensive and special teams snap counts later on.

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