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

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 24-23 loss to the Redskins.

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At least Connor Shaw provided some excitement for the Cleveland Browns offense, eh? The Browns could never seem to find a rhythm with their quarterbacks and wide receivers. Let's take a look at the Browns' offensive snap counts against the Redskins.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Johnny Manziel 39 57% 7-of-16 for 65 yards, 1 touchdown. 1 carry, -1 yards.
QB Connor Shaw
16 24% 8-of-9 for 123 yards, 1 touchdown. 2 carries, 9 yards.
QB Brian Hoyer 13 19% 2-of-6 for 16 yards.

When you look at it on paper, it's a bit eye-popping to see how many more plays QB Johnny Manziel received compared to QB Brian Hoyer. Manziel was aided by a few defensive penalties, otherwise, his reps wouldn't have been nearly as high because Cleveland would have had to punt.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Dion Lewis 27 40% 4 carries, 7 yards, 1.8 avg. 2 catches, 4 yards, 1 touchdown (2 targets).
RB Ben Tate 25 37% 10 carries, 51 yards, 5.1 avg.
FB MarQueis Gray 18 26% 2 catches, 29 yards (3 targets). 1 fumble lost.
RB Terrance West 13 19% 8 carries, 31 yards, 3.9 avg.
FB Ray Agnew 4 6% No stats registered.
RB Isaiah Crowell
3 4% 2 carries, 3 yards, 1.5 avg.

Once again, RB Dion Lewis received the most reps out of the "other" running backs, and it wasn't even close. RB Chris Ogbonnaya still has not received a single snap this preseason, while RB Isaiah Crowell got two quick carries to spell Lewis. Lewis might have helped his case a bit by scoring a touchdown, but it's hard to evaluate these guys' running abilities behind the backup offensive line. RB Ben Tate's number was a bit inflated by a big draw play on third down, but give him credit for looking as fast as he did.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Josh Gordon 32 47% 1 catch, 8 yards (5 targets).
WR Willie Snead 23 34% 3 catches, 29 yards (3 targets)
WR Taylor Gabriel 22 32% 3 catches, 35 yards (3 targets)
WR Jonathan Krause 20 29% 1 catch, 24 yards (3 targets)
WR Miles Austin 18 26% No stats registered.
WR Charles Johnson 16 24% 1 catch, 3 yards (1 target)
WR Andrew Hawkins 15 22% 1 catch, 12 yards (3 targets)
WR Travis Benjamin
13 19% No stats registered.
WR Anthony Armstrong 11 16% 1 catch, 4 yards (2 targets).
WR Marlon Moore 4 6% No stats registered.
WR Tim Smith
3 4% No stats registered.

The Browns played WR Josh Gordon into the fourth quarter of the game; other than that, there were not any oddities to the reps. WR Nate Burleson is still out nursing a hamstring injury. WR Willie Snead and WR Jonathan Krause had some late redemption for last week's miscues, which is good to see. WR Andrew Hawkins showed the ability to get open, but Hoyer missed him twice (up-for-debate: would like to see Hawkins make those catches).

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Jordan Cameron
28 41% 0 catches (3 targets)
TE Gary Barnidge 21 31% 1 catch, 11 yards (2 targets).
TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi 16 24% 1 catch, 45 yards, 1 touchdown (1 target).
TE Jim Dray 9 13% No stats registered.

The Hail Mary caught by TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi will probably end up being the highlight of his NFL career. Cherish it, Ogbuehi. TE Jordan Cameron didn't get many practice reps as he is just coming off of an injury, so he looked a bit rusty in his first work of the preseason.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays %
OL Jeremiah Warren 40 59%
OL Martin Wallace 40 59%
OL Garrett Gilkey 40 59%
OL Reid Fragel
39 57%
OL Alex Parsons
38 56%
OL Joe Thomas 28 41%
OL Joel Bitonio 28 41%
OL Alex Mack 28 41%
OL John Greco 28 41%
OL Mitchell Schwartz 28 41%
OL Keavon Milton 2 3%

The offensive line didn't earn many gold stars for their body of work this week. Browns quarterbacks were sacked five times, but the poor start to the game is what really set the tone (in a bad way) -- an early snap, leading to a sack, and then a false start.

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We'll have coverage on the defensive snap counts later on.