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

Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

It's time to check out how many snaps the players on the Cleveland Browns played on offense in the team's 17-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The Browns had 60 snaps on offense on a day where the number of drives were low because of how well the Colts were extending their own drives. Before you look at the snap count distributions, ask yourself the following two questions:

-Given the fact that Josh Gordon had two catches, how many targets did he have?
-How much action did Travis Benjamin see in his return game?

Check out the snap distributions below, and let us know what your reactions are in the comments section.

Offensive Line
Joe Thomas John Greco Alex Mack Shawn Lauvao Mitchell Schwartz
60/60 plays
60/60 plays
60/60 plays
60/60 plays
60/60 plays
Oniel Cousins

3/60 plays

With John Greco being the team's new starting left guard, the entire starting unit played 100 percent of the snaps. Speaking of Greco, Pro Football Focus has basically said that he's among the best offensive guards in football when you take the past two weeks into consideration. The offensive line did not give up a sack, but they did give up six quarterback hits

Running Back / Fullback
Montario Hardesty
Chris Ogbonnaya
Trent Richardson Owen Marecic
24/60 plays
21/60 plays
16/60 plays
13/60 plays

Montario Hardesty: 7 carries, 28 yards, 4.0 average.
Trent Richardson: 8 carries, 8 yards, 1.0 average. 2 catches, 11 yards (2 targets).
Chris Ogbonnaya: 1 carry, 6 yards. 3 catches, 17 yards (4 targets).
Owen Marecic:
No stats registered.

Thoughts: It definitely wasn't a good day for Trent Richardson. Should we use his rib injury as an excuse? I certainly hope so, because I'd hate to think that we have another Chris Johnson on our hands (in reference to the dancing in the backfield). I was surprised to see Chris Ogbonnaya so close to the lead in snaps, but I guess they probably did have him in there when they were passing the ball so often. Either way, none of the running backs had much of an impact on Sunday. My wild guess for Owen Marecic getting a catch didn't come true either.

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon Greg Little
Josh Cooper
Travis Benjamin
Joshua Cribbs
56/60 plays
54/60 plays
25/60 plays
12/60 plays
6/60 plays

Josh Gordon: 2 catches, 59 yards, 1 touchdown (10 targets).
Greg Little: 6 catches, 52 yards, 1 touchdown (7 targets).
Josh Cooper: 4 catches, 53 yards (8 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 3 catches, 33 yards (5 targets).
Joshua Cribbs: 1 catch, 8 yards (1 target).

Thoughts: The Browns only dropped one pass against the Colts, which is the least amount of drops they've had in a game all season, according to PFF. Unfortunately, that one big drop hurt bad. Gordon and Weeden seem to have some chemistry on the deep ball, but you don't like seeing a 20% catch rate. Greg Little had a good day, and Josh Cooper made some catches beyond the first down marker as well. I liked what I saw from the receivers, minus Gordon's big drop. It's worth noting that some of the yardage is a little funky here because of that final play of the game in which their were several laterals.

Tight End
Benjamin Watson Jordan Cameron
42/60 plays
28/60 plays

Benjamin Watson: 3 catches, 36 yards (3 targets).
Jordan Cameron:
1 catch, 4 yards (1 target).

Thoughts: Tight end Ben Watson should have had his second touchdown in as many weeks, but the officials called a phantom penalty on Joshua Cribbs to negate the score (it later went to Greg Little on that drive). It's a bit disappointing that Jordan Cameron couldn't be more involved in the passing game. Alex Smith was a "healthy scratch," though, so Cameron has surpassed Smith on the depth chart.

Brandon Weeden
60/60 plays

Brandon Weeden: 25-of-41 for 264 yards, 2 touchdowns. 1 carry, 13 yards. 0 catches, -9 yards receiving.

Thoughts: The final stat line for Brandon Weeden should have read 3 touchdowns. Weeden played a very good game, and we even saw him take off for 13 yards over the middle for a first down. The -9 yards receiving came on that final play with laterals, if you're wondering what that was. This was the second time this season that Weeden did not throw an interception.

History of Snap Counts on Offense:

-Week 1: Philadelphia vs. Cleveland
-Week 2: Cleveland vs. Cincinnati
-Week 3: Buffalo vs. Cleveland
-Week 4: Cleveland vs. Baltimore
-Week 5: Cleveland vs. New York Giants
-Week 6: Cincinnati vs. Cleveland