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

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This week, the Browns' defense did not have to see 95 snaps on defense like they did against the Eagles. The issue they had against the Bengals was that players were put into different positions due to injuries or suspensions. You had Billy Winn and Juqua Parker leave the game with injuries. Both starting cornerbacks were basically out. Scott Fujita started after missing Week 1. How did all of that change the snap count distribution? Find out after the jump. [Week 2 offensive snap counts for Cleveland can be found here]

Defensive Tackle
Ahtyba Rubin
John Hughes Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
Billy Winn
63/69 plays
55/69 plays
13/69 plays
7/69 plays

Ahtyba Rubin: 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
John Hughes: 3 tackles, 3 assists (6 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen: 0 tackles, 2 assists (2 combined).
Billy Winn: No stats registered.

Thoughts: The concussion that Billy Winn suffered early in the game really changed the rep count from a week ago. John Hughes was in the game a lot more often (he played in 33% of the snaps in Week 1). Kitchen's percentage of reps did not increase too much; instead, the team just decided to stick with Ahtyba Rubin a little more often. Rubin was above his average percentage from a year ago. Hughes made the most of his playing time after not registering any stats in Week 1.

Defensive End
Jabaal Sheard
Frostee Rucker
Juqua Parker
Emmanuel Stephens
56/69 plays
45/69 plays
20/69 plays
18/69 plays

Frostee Rucker: 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
Juqua Parker: 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit.
Jabaal Sheard: 2 tackle (2 combined). 1 pass defended.

Thoughts: Just like the defensive tackle position, injury played a role at defensive end. Juqua Parker was doing a good job for the second week in a row until he had to leave (he played in 51% of the snaps a week ago). Frostee Rucker had a nice "homecoming" game, but I think we're looking for little bit more productivity out of Jabaal Sheard, who is off to a quiet start this year.

D'Qwell Jackson
Scott Fujita
Kaluka Maiava
Craig Robertson
69/69 plays
36/69 plays
35/69 plays
32/69 plays

D'Qwell Jackson: 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 3 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, 3 quarterback hits, 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
Craig Robertson:
2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).
Scott Fujita: 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).
Kaluka Maiava: 0 tackles, 1 assist (1 combined).

Thoughts: With Scott Fujita seeing his first action of the season, rookie L.J. Fort did not get any snaps on defense after starting in Week 1 and seeing 40% of the reps. Craig Robertson's reps remained the same, presumably as a linebacker in the nickel package. The only real change here was a swap of Fujita-for-Fort. D'Qwell Jackson just keeps racking up big plays.

Dimitri Patterson Buster Skrine Trevin Wade
Sheldon Brown
69/69 plays
69/69 plays
33/69 plays
1/69 plays

Buster Skrine: 7 tackles (7 combined).
Dimitri Patterson: 6 tackles (6 combined). 1 pass defended.
Trevin Wade: 0 tackles, 1 assist (1 combined).
Sheldon Brown: No stats registered.

Thoughts: The only reason Sheldon Brown saw one snap was so he could keep his streak of consecutive games played in active. Dimitri Patterson and Buster Skrine started, and the tandem couldn't match the production Cleveland would get out of Brown and Joe Haden. Rookie cornerback Trevin Wade saw the same percentage of reps (48%) that Skrine did a week ago (49%).

T.J. Ward Eric Hagg
Tashaun Gipson Usama Young
69/69 plays
61/69 plays
8/69 plays
0/69 plays

T.J. Ward: 6 tackles, 3 assists (9 combined).
Eric Hagg: 3 tackle, 1 assist (4 combined).
Usama Young: No stats registered.
Tashaun Gipson: No stats registered.

Thoughts: The safeties were scheduled to play the entire game, but Eric Hagg had to leave for eight plays to tend to an eye injury. That is when Tashaun Gipson filled in for him. Despite being active, Usama Young saw zero reps on defense.

History of Snap Counts on Defense:

-Week 1: Philadelphia vs. Cleveland