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

Matt Sullivan

As we head into the bye week, it's time to look into how many snaps the players on the Cleveland Browns played on offense in the team's 25-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns had 70 snaps on offense, which I believe is a season high and perhaps the first time the offense has had more snaps than the defense. Before you look at the snap count distributions, ask yourself the following two questions:

-Did Montario Hardesty play at all this week?
-What was Mohamed Massaquoi's production and snap count like 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
70/70 plays
70/70 plays
70/70 plays
70/70 plays
70/70 plays

The entire starting unit played 100 percent of the snaps this week, and there were no substitutes or extra linemen used on offense. The offensive line yielded one sack and six quarterback hits.

Running Back / Fullback
Trent Richardson Alex Smith
Chris Ogbonnaya
64/70 plays
28/70 plays
7/70 plays

Trent Richardson: 25 carries, 105 yards, 4.2 average. 6 catches, 31 yards (9 targets).
Alex Smith: 3 catches, 8 yards (4 targets).
Chris Ogbonnaya:
0 catches (2 targets).

Thoughts: The Browns got another solid day out of Trent Richardson, who is showing no visible effects on the field from his rib/chest injury sustained a couple of weeks ago. The bye is coming at the right time for him, though -- it has been indicated that he hasn't been at 100 percent, but maybe he'll be closer to that level of health against Dallas. Alex Smith continues to be a hybrid fullback/tight end, so remember that he isn't necessarily seeing all of these snaps at fullback. Chris Ogbonnaya didn't play much, but two of his plays were memorable in a bad way.

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon Greg Little
Travis Benjamin
Mohamed Massaquoi Joshua Cribbs
65/70 plays
55/70 plays
21/70 plays
19/70 plays
3/70 plays

Greg Little: 5 catches, 52 yards (7 targets).
Josh Gordon:
2 catches, 38 yards (3 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 1 catch, 19 yards (3 targets).
Mohamed Massaquoi: 1 catch, 6 yards (3 targets).
Joshua Cribbs: No stats registered.

Thoughts: I guess this means that Josh Gordon is officially the team's No. 1 receiver on the depth chart. This is the third week in a row he has seen more snaps than Greg Little, but it's the first time that Little's snaps have been this low. Mohamed Massaquoi's return game was a bust; he only caught one pass and then took himself out of the game late, possibly because he re-aggravated his hamstring injury. It would've been nice to have a security blanket like Josh Cooper yesterday on a day where Brandon Weeden was clearly out of rhythm.

Tight End
Benjamin Watson Jordan Cameron
62/70 plays
26/70 plays

Benjamin Watson: 2 catches, 22 yards (3 targets).
Jordan Cameron:
0 catches (2 targets).

Thoughts: I'm not blaming Jordan Cameron, but his two targets were memorable as well. They came on back-to-back plays; one should have been picked by Ed Reed, and the other was picked by Cary Williams. Benjamin Watson continues to be the every down tight end, but is not a significant part of the receiving game.

Brandon Weeden
70/70 plays

Brandon Weeden: 20-of-37 for 176 yards, 2 interceptions. 2 carries, 11 yards.

Thoughts: I can get into more about Brandon Weeden's day when I do my game review. In summary, he was skittish, inaccurate, and checking down way too quickly, as he had his worst game since Week 1 against the Eagles. We've seen Weeden rebound before, and he'll do it again.

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