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

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 33-14 loss to the Rams.

Joe Robbins

Cleveland made a little bit of progress offensively during their third preseason game, but still left a lot to be desired before their Week 1 game against the Steelers. Let's take a look at the Browns' offensive snap counts against the Rams.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Brian Hoyer 31 57% 10-of-16 for 84 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. 1 fumble lost.
QB Johnny Manziel 23
43% 10-of-15 for 85 yards. 1 carry, 7 yards, 1 touchdown.

QB Brian Hoyer found his rhythm at points against the Rams, but he still needs to get on the same page as WR Miles Austin. Both turnovers stemmed from Hoyer trying to get the ball to Austin. QB Johnny Manziel showed a quick release and used his legs at the right time, but we know he's the backup to begin the season.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Dion Lewis 27 50% 3 carries, 8 yards, 2.7 avg. 2 catches, 10 yards (2 targets).
RB MarQueis Gray 21 39% 2 catches, 15 yards (3 targets).
FB Chris Ogbonnaya
11 20% 1 carry, -5 yards, -5.0 avg.
RB Terrance West 10 19% 7 carries, 17 yards, 2.4 avg. 0 catches (1 target).
FB Ben Tate 6 11% 3 carries, 5 yards, 1.7 avg.
RB Ray Agnew 5 9% 1 catch, 4 yards (1 target).

Head coach Mike Pettine has now said that RB Dion Lewis is the favorite to be the third running back, and his showing against the Rams might have earned it. Although the stats aren't flashy, Lewis had a couple of nice pick-ups on the blitz. Pettine also emphasized that in terms of a gameplan, a priority was not placed on the running game versus St. Louis.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Miles Austin 29 54% 2 catches, 23 yards (6 targets).
WR Andrew Hawkins 27 50% 5 catches, 36 yards, 1 touchdown (5 targets).
WR Willie Snead 20 37% 2 catches, 20 yards (4 targets).
WR Charles Johnson 19 35% 1 catch, 13 yards (2 targets).
WR Taylor Gabriel 13 24% 2 catches, 23 yards (2 targets).
WR Anthony Armstrong 13 24% 1 catch, 7 yards (1 target).
WR Travis Benjamin 12 22% 0 catches (1 target).

As I stated earlier, WR Miles Austin needs to step it up a notch. WR Andrew Hawkins was utilized in such a way that you can see why the team invested so much in him -- he fits the strengths of Hoyer perfectly. None of the other receivers really had an opportunity to shine as Cleveland stuck with a short passing game. WR Josh Gordon was held out, as was WR Nate Burleson.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Jordan Cameron
31 57% 2 catches, 18 yards (2 targets).
TE Gary Barnidge 10 19% 0 catches (1 target).
TE Jim Dray 9 17% No stats registered.
TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi 6 11% No stats registered.

We saw TE Jordan Cameron get into the action for two catches, but when the regular season starts, you can bet that he'll be the primary target for Hoyer. None of the other tight ends saw much action, instead deferring to FB MarQueis Gray.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays %
OL Alex Mack 32 59%
OL John Greco 31 57%
OL Joe Thomas 31 57%
OL Joel Bitonio 31 57%
OL Mitchell Schwartz 30 56%
OL Garrett Gilkey 23 43%
OL Alex Parsons 23 43%
OL Jeremiah Warren 23 43%
OL Martin Wallace 23 43%
OL Reid Fragel 13 24%
OL Paul McQuistan
11 20%

I'm not sure if the stats were off a little, but it claims that C Alex Mack played one more snap and RT Mitchell Schwartz played one less snap than the rest of the starters. I imagine that OL Paul McQuistan is not seeing as much action because the team is already comfortable with him.

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