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

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

Rob Carr

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

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Armonty Bryant 34
46%
1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
DL Phil Taylor 30
41%
1 assist (1 combined).
DL Ahtyba Rubin 27
36%
No stats registered.
DL John Hughes 23
31%
No stats registered.
DL Billy Winn
20
27%
1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Calvin Barnett 19
26%
No stats registered.
DL Cam Henderson 19
26%
3 tackles (3 combined).
DL Jacobbi McDaniel 18
24%
No stats registered.
DL Ishmaa'ily Kitchen 16
22%
1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).

For the second week in a row, DE Armonty Bryant stood out, this time as a starter (in place of the injured Desmond Bryant). Don't look now, but if Bryant's wrist injury keeps him out, Bryant could get the regular season start over Billy Winn and John Hughes. I liked that Phil Taylor got as much work as he did -- hell, 41% is probably more than he'd play in a regular season game back in 2013.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Jamaal Westerman 30
41%
1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
OLB Barkevious Mingo 30
41%
2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).
OLB Jabaal Sheard 26
35%
1 tackle (1 combined).
OLB Justin Staples 25
34%
No stats registered.
OLB Paul Kruger 24
32%
1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 sack, 2 quarterback hits.

Hopefully the first two preseason games are an indication of the type of player Paul Kruger is going to be in 2014. So far, we've yet to see the "Mario Williams production" that Jabaal Sheard was being hyped to deliver.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Chris Kirksey 40
54%
5 tackles, 3 assists (8 combined).
ILB Craig Robertson 34
46%
2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined). 1 fumble recovery.
ILB Karlos Dansby 32
43%
1 tackle, 4 assists (5 combined).
ILB Zac Diles 30
41%
1 tackle, 5 assists (6 combined). 1 pass defended.
ILB Tank Carder 16
22%
1 assist (1 combined).

Man, look at all of those tackles! The tackling in general seemed to be better for the Browns this week, and some of that can be attributed to competent play from the team's inside linebackers.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Tashaun Gipson
41
55%
2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
S Jordan Poyer 39
53%
2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
S Donte Whitner
32
43%
2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
S Jim Leonhard 27
36%
1 tackle, 4 assists (5 combined). 1 interception, 1 touchdown, 2 passes defended.
S Johnson Bademosi 19
26%
2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
S Josh Aubrey 16
22%
No stats registered.

Although Jordan Poyer was beat once on a deep ball, for him to do as well as he did in a different type of position shows that he's pretty much a lock to make the roster for his versatility. Veteran Jim Leonhard made a great read on a Colt McCoy pass, taking it back for a pick six. That doesn't even mention the starting safeties, who both seemed to play well.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Leon McFadden 48
65%
1 assist (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Justin Gilbert
34
46%
2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Joe Haden 29
39%
1 tackle (1 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
CB Royce Adams
27
36%
1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Robert Nelson
9
12%
No stats registered.

The Browns were without a lot of their depth at cornerback, including Buster Skrine, Isaiah Trufant, Pierre Desir, K'Waun Williams, and T.J. Heath, due to injury. The secondary responded well overall, except for Royce Adams, who was overwhelmed and gave up two touchdown passes without so much as even a contest. He was brought back only recently, so you can bet that he'll be one of the first players on the chopping block. Leon McFadden delivered a good performance.