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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 27-26 loss to the Patriots.

Jared Wickerham

The Cleveland Browns' offense started off a bit slot, but once Jason Campbell got going toward the end of the first half, it almost seemed like they could not be stopped. 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
74/74 plays
56/74 plays
74/74 plays
65/74 plays
74/74 plays

John Greco
Oniel Cousins

27/74 plays
1/74 plays

Thoughts: The offensive line yielded one sack and five quarterback hits against, as both offensive tackles did an outstanding job consistently giving Jason Campbell time to throw on his deep dropbacks. From the sounds of things, Jason Pinkston was replacing Shawn Lauvao at first (as a benching perhaps), but when John Greco went down with an injury, Pinkston went over to that spot instead.

Running Back / Fullback
Chris Ogbonnaya Willis McGahee Fozzy Whittaker
44/74 plays
23/74 plays
19/74 plays

Willis McGahee: 14 carries, 33 yards, 2.4 YPC. 1 catch, 0 yards (1 target).
Chris Ogbonnaya:
4 carries, 8 yards, 2.0 YPC. 3 catches, 25 yards (3 targets).
Fozzy Whittaker:
4 carries, 6 yards, 1.5 YPC. 3 catches, 18 yard (7 targets).

Thoughts: As a viewer of the game, I would have thought that the Browns ran the ball more times than they did (22 carries for the running backs vs. 44 passes). Overall, it seemed like they made a genuine effort to commit to the running game, which did help open up a couple of things on playaction, including the final touchdown pass of the game. Willis McGahee left on the second-to-last offensive drive with a concussion, so we might see another running back signed soon.

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon Greg Little Davone Bess Brian Tyms
70/74 plays
64/74 plays
28/74 plays
3/74 plays

Josh Gordon: 7 catches, 151 yards, 1 touchdown (10 targets). 1 carry, 34 yards.
Greg Little: 2 catches, 14 yards (4 targets).
Davone Bess: 1 catch, 10 yards (4 targets).
Brian Tyms: 0 catches (1 target).

Thoughts: The other receivers don't matter: it was simply the Josh Gordon show again. The 80-yard "catch, stiff-arm, and run" was a thing of beauty, as was his first-down reception near the end of the game after an intentional grounding call on Campbell. Greg Little did make a nice catch on a deep bomb, but he was just a tad out of bounds. Davone Bess' lone catch went for a first down. Brian Tyms was active over Josh Cooper.

Tight End
Jordan Cameron Gary Barnidge
Andre Smith MarQueis Gray
73/74 plays
36/74 plays
5/74 plays
4/74 plays

Jordan Cameron: 9 catches, 121 yards, 1 touchdown (9 targets).
Gary Barnidge: 2 catches, 49 yards, 1 touchdown (2 targets).
MarQueis Gray: 1 catch, 3 yards (2 targets).
Andre Smith: No stats registered.

Thoughts: It was interesting to see Andre Smith given a couple more reps again; MarQueis Gray was targeted on half of his offensive snaps. Jordan Cameron and Gary Barnidge were excellent in the receiving game against the Patriots: combined, they caught all 11 passes that came their way for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Jason Campbell
74/74 plays

Jason Campbell: 29-of-44 for 391 yards, 3 touchdowns. 2 carries, 27 yards.

Thoughts: This wasn't a perfect game for Jason Campbell, as he began the game with several throws behind his receivers, including the early one that Josh Gordon tipped to himself, bobbled, and then lost as he was going out of bounds. But then, around the second quarter, he found his groove and did a very good job. He also took off twice for big gains, showing the type of running confidence that we saw against Kansas City and Baltimore, vs. the "shy" Campbell we saw against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.