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

Andy Lyons

We already looked at the offensive snap counts for the Cleveland Browns against the Indianapolis Colts. Now, it's time to turn our attention to the defensive snap counts.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Ahtyba Rubin 41 57% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Phil Taylor 34 47% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
DL Billy Winn 27 38% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
DL Brian Sanford 26 36% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL John Hughes 25 35% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Ishmaa'ily Kitchen 16 22% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Hall Davis 4 6% No stats registered.
DL Armonty Bryant 1 1% No stats registered.

With Desmond Bryant out, Winn got some work in with the first-team defense. Taylor was an all-around beast against the Colts, particularly against the run. Despite being traded earlier in the week and brought back, Sanford saw more reps than any of the non-starters. Davis and Bryant were blessed with a couple of snaps. Dave Kruger and Jean-Baptiste did not see any reps, so they will be headed out the door soon.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Paul Kruger 46 64% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
OLB Quentin Groves 46 64% 1 tackle (1 combined).
OLB Justin Cole 26 36% 2 quarterback hits.
OLB Kendrick Adams 19 26% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 tackle for loss.

For as much of a beast as Taylor was on the defensive line, Kruger might have been more impressive at outside linebacker. With Sheard and Mingo down, Kruger showed glimpses of why he was worth the contract Cleveland awarded him. The Browns were thin at outside linebacker on the day, so everyone who wasn't hurt saw action.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Craig Robertson 41 57% 2 tackles (2 combined).
ILB D'Qwell Jackson 41 57% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
ILB James-Michael Johnson 23 32% 2 assists (2 combined).
ILB Tank Carder 23 32% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
ILB L.J. Fort 16 22% 2 tackles (2 combined).
ILB Justin Staples 7 10% No stats registered.

The Browns worked a lot of inside linebackers into the mix. It seemed like Robertson and Jackson did not play after half time. I was a bit surprised that Carder's reps were increased a lot this week, while Fort's were lessened. That was probably the one difference in trends compared to previous weeks. Smith did not play, but I think he may still be a practice squad guy.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Tashaun Gipson 46 64% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
S T.J. Ward 45 62% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
S Johnson Bademosi 24 33% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
S Josh Aubrey 13 18% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
S Jamoris Slaughter 11 15% 1 pass defended.
S Kent Richardson 7 10% 1 tackle (1 combined).

It was Ward's debut, and the Browns didn't hold back his reps. It was also Slaughter's debut, but the Browns had to cut his reps short after he suffered another injury. That's probably the reason why Aubrey and Richardson got as many reps as they did; otherwise, I think Slaughter's utilization would've been on pace with Bademosi's. Gipson had a nice interception to make the final score less embarrassing.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Joe Haden 46 64% 2 tackles (2 combined).
CB Buster Skrine 44 61% 4 tackles (4 combined). 2 passes defended.
CB Leon McFadden 30 42% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Abdul Kanneh 26 36% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Akeem Auguste 25 35% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
CB Vernon Kearney 13 18% No stats registered.

With Owens out, Skrine made his case to be a starter with a couple of pass breakups on veteran Reggie Wayne. McFadden made his preseason debut and saw a good amount of reps, but still appears to need some polishing. Wade did not play after suffering a shoulder injury in practice, so him not playing is not a negative indicator toward his roster odds.

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