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

Did Chris Ogbonnaya take advantage of his reps in the absence of Brandon Jackson?
Did Chris Ogbonnaya take advantage of his reps in the absence of Brandon Jackson?

It's time to take a look at how many snaps the players on the Cleveland Browns played on offense in the team's 34-27 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Was Trent Richardson more active? Did Jordan Cameron see the field more often? And, did Alex Smith lead the team in reps at tight end like he did in the opener? Find out after the jump.

Offensive Line
Joe Thomas Jason Pinkston
Alex Mack
Shawn Lauvao
Mitchell Schwartz
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays

For the second week in a row, the Browns only had seven offensive linemen active, and all of the starters played every snap.

Running Back / Fullback
Trent Richardson
Chris Ogbonnaya
Owen Marecic Montario Hardesty
48/67 plays
20/67 plays
15/67 plays
0/67 plays

Trent Richardson: 19 carries, 109 yards, 5.7 average, 1 touchdown. 4 catches, 36 yards, 1 touchdown (5 targets).
Chris Ogbonnaya: 6 catches, 73 yards, 1 fumble (6 targets).
Owen Marecic:
0 catches (1 target).

Thoughts: There is no doubt that Trent Richardson was a beast in this game...and he still has plenty of room for improvement! It's apparent that this guy can play, so now the long-term question is, "can he hold up for an entire season?" Richardson played five more snaps than he did in Week 1. The big change was that Brandon Jackson, who played in 31% of the snaps in Week 1, was inactive. Instead, Chris Ogbonnaya was active and became the third-down back. He caught a lot of passes but did have a key fumble. We're all done with Owen Marecic, aren't we? With how little he plays on offense, and the fact that he doesn't seem like a special teams beast, losing him is not going to cripple this team by any means.

Wide Receiver
Mohamed Massaquoi
Greg Little
Josh Gordon
Travis Benjamin
Joshua Cribbs
59/67 plays
57/67 plays
34/67 plays
18/67 plays
4/67 plays

Mohamed Massaquoi: 5 catches, 90 yards (7 targets).
Greg Little: 5 catches, 57 yards, 1 touchdown (7 targets).
Josh Gordon:
1 catch, 5 yards (3 targets).
Joshua Cribbs: 1 catch, 4 yards (2 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 2 carries, 15 yards.

Thoughts: The distribution of playing time is pretty much the same as it was a Week ago. Josh Gordon saw nine less snaps, but that was because Cleveland went with a tight end more often. Little stepped up his game after not recording a catch a week ago, ans Massaquoi looks like the team's best receiver right now. Everything he is doing is so crisp, and he's showing some nice speed down the field too. Benjamin was not targeted on any passes in Week 2 after being targeted six times in Week 1.

Tight End
Benjamin Watson Alex Smith
Jordan Cameron
56/67 plays
19/67 plays
5/67 plays

Alex Smith: 3 catches, 30 yards (4 targets).
Benjamin Watson: 1 catch, 27 yards (1 target).
Jordan Cameron: No stats registered.

Thoughts: During the game, I kept thinking, "why is Alex Smith getting more reps than Ben Watson?" Boy, was I off. Smith was still targeted a high percentage of the time he was in the game, but Watson dominated the reps at 84% of the plays. Jordan Cameron must be pinned as a red zone thread only, just like Evan Moore was a season ago.

Brandon Weeden
67/67 plays

Brandon Weeden: 26-of-37 for 322 yards, 2 touchdowns. 2 carries, 6 yards.

Thoughts: I especially liked what Weeden did in the second half, checking down to his running backs after first looking down the field. He was 17-of-22 in the second half and erased most of the accuracy issues he had against Philadelphia.

History of Snap Counts on Offense:

-Week 1: Philadelphia vs. Cleveland