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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 23-21 loss to the Ravens.

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The Browns lost a heart-breaker to the Ravens despite the fact that TE Jordan Cameron returned to action. 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
Alex Mack John Greco
Mitchell Schwartz
60/60 plays
60/60 plays
60/60 plays
60/60 plays
60/60 plays

Thoughts: All five members of the Browns' starting offensive line played the entire game. The unit as a whole yielded one sack to the Ravens.

Running Back / Fullback
Terrance West
Isaiah Crowell
Ray Agnew
30/60 plays
28/60 plays
23/60 plays

Terrance West: 12 carries, 36 yards, 3.0 YPC, 1 touchdown. 2 catches, 5 yards (2 targets).
Isaiah Crowell: 11 carries, 55 yards, 5.0 YPC.
Ray Agnew: 1 carry, 0 yards.

Thoughts: The Browns didn't have the same buzzing productivity from their running game as they had the first two weeks, but each running back still had a pretty good day and ran for a touchdown. Crowell seemed to be getting more looks than expected in the second half. After the bye, we'll see how the likely return of veteran Ben Tate changes the snap count distributions at the position.

Wide Receiver
Miles Austin Andrew Hawkins
Taylor Gabriel
Travis Benjamin
44/60 plays
42/60 plays
35/60 plays
14/60 plays

Miles Austin: 6 catches, 51 yards, 1 touchdown (7 targets).
Andrew Hawkins: 7 catches, 87 yards (10 targets).
Taylor Gabriel: 2 catches, 81 yards (2 targets). 2 carries, -2 yards.
Travis Benjamin: 1 catch, 43 yards (1 targets). 1 carry, -2 yards.

Thoughts: Once again, this assembled crew of "misfits" came through. Austin and Hawkins were splendid -- Hawkins was a machine on third down, while Austin held on to a laser of a touchdown pass from Hoyer. Gabriel and Benjamin each got open deep for big plays, although neither one was able to finish the play for a touchdown.

Tight End
Jordan Cameron Jim Dray Gary Barnidge
51/60 plays
25/60 plays
7/60 plays

Jordan Cameron: 1 catch, 23 yards (3 targets).
Jim Dray: No stats registered.
Gary Barnidge:
No stats registered.

Thoughts: Because of how little the tight ends were involved in the passing game, I just assumed that Cameron barely played. That's why I was surprised to open up the gamebook and discover that he actually played in 85% of the snaps. Barnidge's playing time took a big hit despite him having a career day a week ago.

Brian Hoyer
Johnny Manziel
59/60 plays
2/60 plays

Brian Hoyer: 19-of-25 (76.0%) for 290 yards, 1 touchdown. 2 rushes, 4 yards.
Johnny Manziel: No stats registered.

Thoughts: The two plays for Manziel had a purpose. They didn't end up working out in the end, but it gave us something fun to talk about. The real story here is Hoyer, though, who was on fire. This was the most accurate I've ever seen him; he looked like Tom Brady out there.