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Browns vs. Jets: Analyzing the Snap Counts (Offense)

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 24-13 loss to the Jets.

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The Cleveland Browns' offense was in the red zone four times in this game, and on one of their drives, they actually got a "fifth" opportunity of sorts, due to a questionable roughing the passer penalty. Cleveland only converted a touchdown on one of those opportunities as receivers dropped passes and QB Jason Campbell struggled. Check out the snap distributions below for the offense, and let us know what your reactions are in the comments section.

Offensive Line
Joe Thomas Jason Pinkston Alex Mack Shawn Lauvao
Mitchell Schwartz
65/65 plays
41/65 plays
65/65 plays
65/65 plays
65/65 plays

Garrett Gilkey
Oniel Cousins

24/65 plays
2/65 plays

Thoughts: The offensive line yielded three sacks and only allowed Campbell to get hit ten times. OG Garrett Gilkey saw a timeshare in reps with OG Jason Pinkston.

Running Back / Fullback
Edwin Baker Chris Ogbonnaya Willis McGahee
Fozzy Whittaker
44/65 plays
19/65 plays
2/65 plays
1/65 plays

Edwin Baker: 17 carries, 64 yards, 3.8 YPC, 1 touchdown. 2 catches, 12 yards (3 targets).
Chris Ogbonnaya:
1 carry, 8 yards, 8.0 YPC. 1 catch, 4 yards (1 targets).
Willis McGahee:
No stats registered.
Fozzy Whittaker: No stats registered.

Thoughts: In just the second game for RB Edwin Baker, the team made him the new featured running back. This was the first time since we traded RB Trent Richardson that it felt like we utilized one particular back as the "starter." That should mean that veteran RB Willis McGahee has officially been replaced as the starter. Baker should have a good chance of sticking around in camp next year, and he showed a very impressive burst and drive against a tough Jets run defense. For being a small back, he's also scored rushing touchdowns in each of the past two games.

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon Greg Little Josh Cooper
Brian Tyms
62/65 plays
41/65 plays
33/65 plays
21/65 plays

Josh Gordon: 6 catches, 97 yards (16 targets). 1 carry, 22 yards.
Greg Little: 1 catch, 4 yards (4 targets).
Josh Cooper: 4 catches, 26 yards (6 targets).
Brian Tyms: 2 catches, 12 yards (2 targets).

Thoughts: I think WR Josh Gordon would be the first to tell you that he didn't have his finest game against the Jets, but the end result was still 119 combined yards. The one that Gordon will be upset about are the back-to-back fades in the end zone, although I think you can make the case that QB Jason Campbell executed poorly on both accounts.

WR Greg Little had a disappointing drop that would have been an early touchdown. With WR Davone Bess out, WR Josh Cooper caught his first passes of the season -- 4 in total -- and looked better than Bess. The only requirement he had? Catch the football. Heck, even WR Brian Tyms out-did Bess. Three of Cooper's catches went for first downs, and Campbell missed him early on for what would have been a wide open third-down conversion.

Tight End
MarQueis Gray Gary Barnidge Keavon Milton
49/65 plays
47/65 plays
4/65 plays

Gary Barnidge: 2 catches, 23 yards (4 targets).
MarQueis Gray: 0 catches (4 targets).
Keavon Milton: No stats registered.

Thoughts: I did see TE MarQueis Gray on the field quite a bit, but I did not expect the snap counts to reveal that he played more than TE Gary Barnidge. The starting lineup technically indicated that both Gray and Barnidge started at tight end (meaning no fullback). Neither tight end had the type of receiving production that TE Jordan Cameron does. Barnidge had a critical false start that took the game-tying touchdown off the board in the fourth quarter.

Also, I have a question: do our quarterbacks think Gray is 10 feet tall or something? Every time he gets targeted this season, including the four times in this game, our quarterbacks overthrow him big time.

Jason Campbell
65/65 plays

Jason Campbell: 18-of-40 for 178 yards, 2 interceptions. 2 carries, 21 yards.

Thoughts: When QB Jason Campbell became the starter earlier this season, he boasted about his mental toughness, and that he's been through everything one could go through as an NFL quarterback. Obviously, he didn't consider the adversity one faces as a Cleveland Browns starting quarterback. After the loss to the Jets, Campbell said, "I’m disappointed in the way that [I’ve been] letting things kind of get to [me] over the last couple of weeks." Yeah...that's not exactly what you want to hear from your veteran quarterback. Campbell did not deliver again, and I'd rather just see QB Brandon Weeden one last time next week.