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

Matt Sullivan

The Browns defeated the Steelers 20-14, and the victory still tastes oh-so-sweet. Now it's time to reflect back on the playing time distributions for the offense. Before you look at the snap counts, ask yourself the following questions:

-Did Mohamed Massaquoi's workload increase significantly this week?
-How many offensive plays was Trent Richardson on the sideline for?

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
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
Oniel Cousins

4/67 plays

The entire starting unit played 100 percent of the snaps this week, with Oniel Cousins serving as an extra blocker on four plays. The offensive line yielded four sacks and five quarterback hits.

Running Back / Fullback
Trent Richardson Alex Smith
Montario Hardesty
65/67 plays
24/67 plays
2/67 plays

Trent Richardson: 29 carries, 85 yards, 2.9 average, 1 touchdown. 4 catches, 27 yards (4 targets).
Montario Hardesty: 2 carries, 14 yards, 7.0 average.
Alex Smith: 0 catches (1 target).

Thoughts: The Browns really played Trent Richardson as much as they could, as he saw all but two snaps on offense. I would venture to guess that there isn't another running back in the NFL that saw the percentage of reps that Richardson did, and there is a problem with that. Montario Hardesty came in for two plays early on, and he looked fresh with two hard runs -- why not mix him in a little bit more often? Also, for the first time since he was inactive in Week 1, Chris Ogbonnaya did not see a single rep on offense. Alex Smith had a great block on Richardson's touchdown run.

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon Greg Little
Mohamed Massaquoi Travis Benjamin Joshua Cribbs
61/67 plays
55/67 plays
19/67 plays
18/67 plays
2/67 plays

Josh Gordon: 4 catches, 60 yards (7 targets).
Mohamed Massaquoi: 3 catches, 27 yards (4 targets).
Greg Little: 1 catch, 6 yards (4 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 0 catches (1 target). 1 carry, 1 yard.
Joshua Cribbs: No stats registered.

Thoughts: The Browns chose not to activate Josh Cooper for this week's game. I thought Mohamed Massaquoi would get some more reps now that his hamstring is fully healed, but that wasn't the case. That could change against a team with a weaker secondary like the Raiders next week. Travis Benjamin was used on an end around play, but I think it was ill-timed. Josh Gordon did a nice job twirling his body for a first down on one play. I don't recall any point blank drops by the receivers, which is always a plus.

Tight End
Benjamin Watson Jordan Cameron
58/67 plays
27/67 plays

Benjamin Watson: 3 catches, 26 yards (3 targets).
Jordan Cameron:
2 catches, 12 yards, 1 touchdown (2 targets).

Thoughts: Our tight ends stepped up in the receiving game. Benjamin Watson had one of the catches of the season for the Browns, as he went out full extension to haul in a catch for a first down. Jordan Cameron scored his first career touchdown, and it was a critical third down conversion too after the Browns were given great starting field position.

Brandon Weeden
Colt McCoy
61/67 plays
6/67 plays

Brandon Weeden: 17-of-26 for 158 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. 2 carries, 8 yards.
Colt McCoy: No stats registered.

Thoughts: For the first time this season, Brandon Weeden did not play every snap of the game. Colt McCoy came in and handed off six times while Weeden was being tested for a concussion in the fourth quarter. Weeden definitely had a mixed day again. When you think about his pick six, it's not like he made a bad read; without the tip, it's probably a first down. It happens. Weeden responded by not turning the ball over the rest of the game against a tough Steelers defense.

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
-Week 7: Cleveland vs. Indianapolis
-Week 8: San Diego vs. Cleveland
-Week 9: Baltimore vs. Cleveland
-Week 10: Cleveland vs. Dallas