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


It's time to take a look at how many snaps the players on the Cleveland Browns played on offense in the team's 24-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills. How was the wide receiver distribution different this week due to Mohamed Massaquoi's hamstring injury? Find out after the jump.

Offensive Line
Joe Thomas Jason Pinkston
Alex Mack
Shawn Lauvao
Mitchell Schwartz
63/63 plays
63/63 plays
63/63 plays
63/63 plays
63/63 plays

For the third week in a row, the Browns had seven offensive linemen active, and all of the starters played every snap. They surrendered four sacks to the Bills.

Running Back / Fullback
Trent Richardson
Chris Ogbonnaya
Owen Marecic Montario Hardesty
48/63 plays
20/63 plays
9/63 plays
0/63 plays

Trent Richardson: 12 carries, 27 yards, 2.3 average, 1 touchdown. 6 catches, 24 yards (7 targets).
Chris Ogbonnaya: 1 carry, 6 yards, 6.0 average. 3 catches, 14 yards (3 targets).
Owen Marecic:
0 catches (1 target).

Thoughts: With the way things played out, Trent Richardson saw the same exact number of snaps that he did a week ago, and so did Chris Ogbonnaya. That's pretty hard to replicate week-to-week, but it seems like they like this distribution for now. For whatever reason, Ogbonnaya is favored over Brandon Jackson. Marecic saw a few less snaps than usual, probably because Cleveland could not run the ball. Montario Hardesty still has not played a snap this season despite being active all three games.

Wide Receiver
Greg Little Travis Benjamin
Josh Gordon
Mohamed Massaquoi
Joshua Cribbs
61/63 plays
39/63 plays
37/63 plays
29/63 plays
2/63 plays

Travis Benjamin: 2 catches, 44 yards, 1 touchdown (4 targets).
Josh Gordon: 3 catches, 40 yards (6 targets).
Joshua Cribbs: 1 catch, 24 yards (1 target).
Greg Little: 2 catches, 17 yards (4 targets).
Mohamed Massaquoi: 1 catch, 14 yards (3 targets).

Thoughts: The team's leading receiver in terms of reps over the first two weeks was Mohamed Massaquoi. That changed against Buffalo because of the hamstring injury Massaquoi suffered. I don't have the data from last year, but I would venture to guess that this was the highest percentage of snaps Greg Little has seen in a game. His output was not very stellar, although he did seem to have a few nice blocks. It is interesting to see that Travis Benjamin's reps increased over Josh Gordon's reps; this is the first time Benjamin has played more than Gordon. Joshua Cribbs continues to be used on less than a handful of plays. He makes things happen as soon as he gets in there and should be receiving a lot more playing time, either in favor of Little or Gordon.

Tight End
Benjamin Watson Jordan Cameron
50/63 plays
20/63 plays

Jordan Cameron: 5 catches, 45 yards (7 targets).
Benjamin Watson:
4 catches, 15 yards (8 targets).

Thoughts: We knew that Jordan Cameron was going to see more reps since Alex Smith was out with a concussion. The distribution between Watson and Cameron this week pretty much matches what the team did against the Bengals last week with Watson and Smith. Cameron was only in the game for 20 snaps. For that high of a sample rate, it's pretty remarkable that he was targeted on 35% of his snaps. Cameron looked good catching the ball, too, and I hope we can see more of him in the coming weeks. Watson had a lot of catches, but the defense always seems to be glued to him. Is he too slow to gain separation any more?

Brandon Weeden
63/63 plays

Brandon Weeden: 27-of-43 for 237 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions.

Thoughts: I thought this was another well-played game by Brandon Weeden. Remember, although Weeden has a shorter leash than your typical rookie quarterback due to his age, we still can't expect him to be a Pro Bowl guy right off the bat. He still has some things to work on, such as his timing on the deep ball. He'll get there. The two interceptions he had late in the game are still plays that you'd rather see him do something else with, but I'm glad that the guy is taking shots down the field when we are down in the game. He's trying to do something.

History of Snap Counts on Offense:

-Week 1: Philadelphia vs. Cleveland
-Week 2: Cleveland vs. Cincinnati