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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 20-10 loss to the Ravens.

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The Browns ran a respectable amount of snaps against the Ravens and actually controlled the clock for the better part of three quarters, but the end result was still a fourth quarter collapse and only ten total points. 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
Nick McDonald John Greco
Mitchell Schwartz
65/65 plays
65/65 plays
65/65 plays
65/65 plays
65/65 plays

Thoughts: Overall, the Browns' offensive line allowed four sacks. Thomas, Bitonio, Greco, and Schwartz played every snap this season. The center position is the one that was always changing.

Running Back / Fullback
Terrance West Isaiah Crowell
53/65 plays
12/65 plays

Terrance West: 18 carries, 94 yards, 5.2 YPC, 1 touchdown. 2 catches, 12 yards (3 targets).
Isaiah Crowell: 4 carries, 6 yards, 1.5 YPC. 1 catch, 16 yards (1 target).

Thoughts: With the team having waived Ray Agnew earlier in the week, the team went without a fullback against the Ravens. After not playing a snap the previous week, West was motivated to return to his native area, had a good week of practice, and got the start. This was as close to a "pure starting role" that we've seen from a back this season with West having 82% of the snaps on a rather productive afternoon.

Wide Receiver
Travis Benjamin Taylor Gabriel Andrew Hawkins Rodney Smith
53/65 plays
49/65 plays
45/65 plays
8/65 plays

Travis Benjamin: 1 catch, 9 yards (3 targets).
Taylor Gabriel: 3 catches, 66 yards (7 targets).
Andrew Hawkins: 4 catches, 33 yards (7 targets).
Rodney Smith: 0 catches (1 target).

Thoughts: With Josh Gordon and Miles Austin gone, Benjamin saw reps like a No. 1 receiver. Is that a sign that he will be back in 2015? Gabriel had the biggest offensive play of the game, one that helped set up the team's lone touchdown. Hawkins' production came mostly on wide receiver screen passes. Smith was targeted on Shaw's interception late in the game.

Tight End
Jordan Cameron
Jim Dray Gary Barnidge
63/65 plays
37/65 plays
5/65 plays

Jordan Cameron: 3 catches, 41 yards (6 targets).
Jim Dray: No stats registered.
Gary Barnidge: No stats registered.

Thoughts: I had not even realized that Barnidge played a few snaps in his first game back from a rib injury. Cameron had a couple of catches early, but didn't see many opportunities after that. I'd love to see Cameron back, but pricing his contract will be difficult given how much time he missed in 2014.

Connor Shaw
65/65 plays

Connor Shaw: 14-of-28 (50.0%) for 177 yards, 1 interception. 7 rushes, 9 yards, 1 fumble lost.

Thoughts: Shaw did not light the world on fire in his debut, but he looked prepared. He showed a great deal of mobility, and also how that mobility could lead to a big passing play down the field (to Gabriel). This was exactly what everybody hoped Johnny Manziel would have looked like in his first game. That is a tribute to the preparation Shaw put in on the practice squad all year. How many communication problems did he appear to have? I remember one delay of game late in the game and that is it.