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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 31-10 victory over the Steelers.

Jason Miller

Any victory over the Steelers is sweet, let alone one in which the offense dominates. 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 Joel Bitonio
John Greco Paul McQuistan
Mitchell Schwartz
Alex Mack
59/59 plays
59/59 plays
59/59 plays
41/59 plays
59/59 plays
18/59 plays

Thoughts: The Browns had their first offensive lineman miss a snap, and that was because C Alex Mack broke his leg. It was the first time that Mack had missed a snap in his NFL career. John Greco shifted from right guard to center, and Paul McQuistan slipped in to the right guard role. The unit as a whole yielded one sack to the Steelers.

Running Back / Fullback
Ben Tate
Isaiah Crowell Ray Agnew
42/59 plays
17/59 plays
14/59 plays

Ben Tate: 25 carries, 78 yards, 3.1 YPC, 2 touchdowns.
Isaiah Crowell: 11 carries, 77 yards, 7.0 YPC, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble.
Ray Agnew: 0 catches (1 target).

Thoughts: There was a point early on in the game where Isaiah Crowell had more carries than Ben Tate, but as the game moved along, Tate was the clear-cut choice for the Browns' offense. The fumble was a blemish for Crowell, but it shouldn't cost him playing time yet. I do expect Terrance West to be active again next week.

Wide Receiver
Andrew Hawkins Taylor Gabriel
Miles Austin Travis Benjamin
32/59 plays
28/59 plays
24/59 plays
24/59 plays

Andrew Hawkins: 0 catches (2 targets).
Taylor Gabriel: 1 catch, 24 yards (4 targets).
Miles Austin:
2 catches, 29 yards (3 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 1 catch, 31 yards (1 target). 1 carry, 3 yards.

Thoughts: On one hand, it feels kind of disappointing that we can't see more of the Hoyer-Hawkins connection. On the other hand, who cares if we're winning the way we're winning? Taylor Gabriel saw more reps than Miles Austin, which is probably a tribute to Gabriel's blocking skills. I said at the beginning of the year that all four receivers should get equal reps, and the team is holding true to that. The big question looming now is how Josh Gordon will disrupt that distribution down the road.

Tight End
Jordan Cameron Jim Dray Gary Barnidge
55/59 plays
39/59 plays
20/59 plays

Jordan Cameron: 3 catches, 102 yards, 1 touchdown (5 targets).
Jim Dray: 1 catch, 31 yards (1 target).
Gary Barnidge:
No stats registered.

Thoughts: Life is good -- Jordan Cameron got his first 100+ yard game of the year and his first touchdown of the season. Jim Dray made a great grab for 31 yards, and Gary Barnidge threw an awesome block on Hoyer's touchdown pass. Kyle Shanahan has been brilliant in getting all offensive players to contribute in some fashion.

Brian Hoyer
59/59 plays

Brian Hoyer: 8-of-17 (47.06%) for 217 yards, 1 touchdown. 1 carry, 0 yards.

Thoughts: I couldn't be happier for Brian Hoyer. A testament to how well he is playing? Despite Johnny Manziel being on the team, the home crowd has now come full circle to chanting "BRI-AN HOY-ER" in the fourth quarter of the game.