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Browns vs. Lions: Analyzing the Snap Counts (Defense)

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Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 13-12 loss to the Lions.

Leon Halip

Earlier today, we analyzed the snap counts for the Cleveland Browns offense in their first preseason game against the Detroit Lions. Now, it's time to turn our attention to the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Armonty Bryant 28 41% 1 assist (1 combined). 2 quarterback hits.
DL Ishmaa'ily Kitchen 24 35% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL John Hughes 24 35% 4 tackles (4 combined).
DL Calvin Barnett 23 33% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Cam Henderson 22 32% 1 assist (1 combined). 1 fumble recovery.
DL Jacobbi McDaniel 20 29% No stats registered.
DL Desmond Bryant 16 23% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
DL Ahtyba Rubin 13 19% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Phil Taylor 13 19% 1 assist (1 combined). 1 quarterback hit.

There was not anything too surprising about the rep counts for the defensive line. Billy Winn missed the game with an abdominal injury, which probably allowed Armonty Bryant to get a few more opportunities. A. Bryant did a good job when he was in the game, so I won't make the mistake of thinking he's on the roster bubble again.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Jamaal Westerman 37 54% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
OLB Justin Staples 31 45% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 pass defended, 1 fumble recovery.
OLB Jabaal Sheard 21 30% No stats registered.
OLB Keith Pough 16 23% 1 assist (1 combined).
OLB Paul Kruger 16 23% 1 tackle (1 combined).
OLB Barkevious Mingo 15 22% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, 1 tackle for loss.

Once again, the distributions here weren't too surprising. Jamaal Westerman and Justin Staples were the primary backups after the starting trio left the game, and newcomer Keith Pough got into the action a little bit too.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Zac Diles 32 46% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 pass defended.
ILB Craig Robertson 28 41% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
ILB Chris Kirksey 24 35% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
ILB Tank Carder 23 33% 1 tackle (1 combined).
ILB Karlos Dansby 18 26% 1 assist (1 combined).

The more time that ILB Darius Eubanks misses, the less likely he is to make the roster. Zac Diles did a fair job, capitalizing on the additional playing time. I was surprised that Craig Robertson played as much as he did -- you can tell the coaching staff wanted to get as many things on tape as they could for Robertson and Chris Kirksey. Both guys had pass defenses on plays down the field, but Kirksey's was probably more impressive.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Jordan Poyer 41 59% 3 tackles (3 combined).
S Josh Aubrey 34 49% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble.
S Johnson Bademosi 24 35% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
S Jim Leonhard 24 35% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Donte Whitner 18 26% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).

Tashaun Gipson sat out with his knee injury, so Jordan Poyer not only started, but played into the second team as well. Josh Aubrey continued his reputation of being a playmaker. It'll be interesting to see which combination at safety Mike Pettine wants to go with for the backups. Donte Whitner had a great hit early in the game.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Aaron Berry 34 49% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Pierre Desir 34 49% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
CB K'Waun Williams 19 28% 2 tackles (2 combined).
CB Buster Skrine 18 26% No stats registered.
CB Joe Haden 18 26% No stats registered.
CB Isaiah Trufant 17 25% 1 assist (1 combined).
CB Leon McFadden 17 25% 3 tackles (3 combined).
CB T.J. Heath 17 25% No stats registered.

We're pulling for Pierre Desir, but this was an ugly performance for him. If he doesn't continue to make steady improvement, the Browns will have to "redshirt" him for his first season. I still need to review Leon McFadden's outing, but being flagged as many times as he was is a downer.