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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 17-13 loss to the Panthers.

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After only running 41 offensive plays a week ago, the Browns' offense didn't sustain drives much better against the Panthers, logging a total of just 47 plays. 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
Ryan Seymour John Greco
Mitchell Schwartz
Nick McDonald
47/47 plays
47/47 plays
12/47 plays
47/47 plays
47/47 plays
35/47 plays

Thoughts: Overall, the Browns' offensive line allowed three sacks. Seymour left early with a hamstring injury and was replaced by McDonald, who seemed to allow quite a bit of pressure, particularly in the fourth quarter when Hoyer was trying to lead a rally.

Running Back / Fullback
Isaiah Crowell Ray Agnew Shaun Draughn
36/47 plays
13/47 plays
12/47 plays

Isaiah Crowell: 16 carries, 55 yards, 3.4 YPC.
Ray Agnew: No stats registered.
Shaun Draughn: No stats registered.

Thoughts: Despite being active, Terrance West did not see the field because he didn't have a good week of practice. If that is the case, then why wasn't Glenn Winston active? Also, what the hell does "not having a good week of practice" even mean? What does it say that a guy we signed off the street, Shaun Draughn, sees immediate snaps in pass protection over two guys who have been on the roster all season? Crowell saw all of the touches at running back, but was mostly ineffective after one burst for 26 yards.

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon
Taylor Gabriel Andrew Hawkins Travis Benjamin
43/47 plays
34/47 plays
23/47 plays
12/47 plays

Josh Gordon: 4 catches, 45 yards (7 targets).
Taylor Gabriel: 1 catch, 1 yard (2 targets).
Andrew Hawkins: 1 catch, 28 yards (4 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 0 catches (2 targets).

Thoughts: Jeez, the receivers are getting zero production since Gordon's return and/or the injury to Miles Austin. It's hard to evaluate them really because it seems to be more of an, "the offense is struggling in general" thing. I do wish Gordon would've been able to hang on to his the low throw by Manziel in the first half. He did have a leaping grab downfield taken away due to a penalty. Benjamin gave great effort on forcing and recovering a fumble after an interception. Gabriel out-touched Hawkins by a significant margin this week, which was surprising.

Tight End
Jordan Cameron
Jim Dray
41/47 plays
25/47 plays

Jordan Cameron: 3 catches, 88 yards, 1 touchdown (5 targets).
Jim Dray: 1 catch, 4 yards (1 target).

Thoughts: Cameron gave us some hope in the fourth quarter with his 81-yard, catch-and-run for a touchdown. When looking at his face on the replay, you could tell he was huffing and puffing as fast as he could to ensure a defender didn't catch him. With that positive comes the negative of not being able to haul in a third down pass early on.

Brian Hoyer
Johnny Manziel
31/47 plays
16/47 plays

Brian Hoyer: 7-of-13 (53.8%) for 134 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. 2 rushes, 19 yards.
Johnny Manziel: 3-of-8 (37.5%) for 32 yards. 2 rushes, 3 yards.

Thoughts: This is about the worst-case scenario for the Browns' quarterback situation: we're trying to evaluate Manziel, but what did we learn before he left with a hamstring injury? We saw him make some better throws, but he only had 32 yards passing and had a pair of third down passes dropped. We really didn't get to see anything from him. Hoyer came in and led the offense well -- a good resume builder if he wants to be a higher-paid backup next year in Cleveland or elsewhere -- but at this juncture of the season, it doesn't really benefit the future of the Browns to see Hoyer under center. It's like yesterday's game was a complete waste in terms of evaluation offensively, and that's a shame.