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

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

It's time to take a look at how many snaps the players on the Cleveland Browns played on offense in the team's 23-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Which offensive lineman not in the starting lineup saw some reps? Did Owen Marecic get any touches? Before you look, ask yourself the following two questions:

-Who saw more playing time: Josh Gordon or Jordan Norwood?
-Who was the team's second most-targeted receiver after Greg Little?

The answers may surprise you. Check out the snap distributions below.

Offensive Line
Joe Thomas Jason Pinkston
Alex Mack
Shawn Lauvao
Mitchell Schwartz
John Greco
71/71 plays
71/71 plays
71/71 plays
71/71 plays
71/71 plays
2/71 plays

For the fourth week in a row, the Browns had seven offensive linemen active, and all of the starters played every snap. They surrendered one sack to the Ravens after giving up four sacks against Buffalo. The Ravens had eight quarterback hits. John Greco played two snaps on offense, which I assume had him at the tight end position for tight/goal line packages. This was the first time all season that a non-starting offensive lineman saw snaps on offense.

Running Back / Fullback
Trent Richardson
Chris Ogbonnaya
Owen Marecic Montario Hardesty
48/71 plays
25/71 plays
18/71 plays
0/71 plays

Trent Richardson: 14 carries, 47 yards, 3.4 average, 1 touchdown. 4 catches, 57 yards (6 targets).
Chris Ogbonnaya: 1 carry, -2 yards, -2.0 average. 2 catches, 10 yards (4 targets).
Owen Marecic:
No stats registered.

Thoughts: We saw some nice power from Trent Richardson during the game, and he showed off his speed on his one-yard touchdown scamper on a pitch play. He accumulated over 100 yards of offense when you factor in his receiving yards. Chris Ogbonnaya may not have had the flashy stats, but he did a pretty good job blocking on some plays, particularly on the missed touchdown reception by Greg Little.

Wide Receiver
Greg Little Travis Benjamin
Jordan Norwood
Josh Gordon Joshua Cribbs
67/71 plays
45/71 plays
37/71 plays
30/71 plays
6/71 plays

Greg Little: 4 catches, 77 yards (10 targets). 1 carry, -2 yards.
Jordan Norwood:
4 catches, 56 yards (10 targets).
Travis Benjamin:
2 catches, 26 yards (5 targets). 1 carry, 0 yards.
Joshua Cribbs: 2 catches, 11 yards (2 targets).
Josh Gordon: 1 catch, 16 yards (1 target).

Thoughts: With Mohamed Massaquoi out, WR Joshua Cribbs was in line to see the second most snaps on offense against the Ravens. In the team's first two series, he already had two catches. Unfortunately, after getting decapitated on a punt return, he had to leave the game. That opened the door for Jordan Norwood to have a lot more reps. Norwood even saw more action than Josh Gordon and was targeted ten times. Little and Norwood each should have had two more catches added to their total had they not dropped passes. If that happened, maybe we're talking about a different outcome to the game.

Tight End
Benjamin Watson Jordan Cameron
51/71 plays
26/71 plays

Benjamin Watson: 5 catches, 52 yards (6 targets).
Jordan Cameron:
1 catch, 15 yards (6 targets).

Thoughts: The playing time distribution here is about the same as last week, so without Alex Smith, this seems to be what the coaches like. Benjamin Watson had his biggest day of the season. He still isn't getting a lot of separation, but he did a good job holding onto the ball in tight situations and did a nice job getting open on Cleveland's final drive. Jordan Cameron was targeted just as often as Watson, but he either dropped a pass or couldn't come down with the ball.

Brandon Weeden
71/71 plays

Brandon Weeden: 25-of-52 for 320 yards, 1 interception.

Thoughts: This was another impressive game for Brandon Weeden. I'm not talking about statistically; I'm referring to seeing him stand confidently in the pocket, stepping up, and delivering strong throws. The number of dropped passes that his receivers had were unbelievable. For anyone who says that they weren't necessarily "easy catches," my response to you is, "this is the NFL." They are supposed to make those catches, and Weeden put the ball where only they could get it.

History of Snap Counts on Offense:

-Week 1: Philadelphia vs. Cleveland
-Week 2: Cleveland vs. Cincinnati
-Week 3: Buffalo vs. Cleveland