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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 30-27 loss to the Steelers.

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The hurry-up approach the Browns' offense took in the second half had remarkable results, almost enough to erase a disastrous first half. 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
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays
67/67 plays

Thoughts: All five members of the Browns' starting offensive line played the entire game. The unit as a whole yielded three sacks to the Steelers.

Running Back / Fullback
Terrance West
Ben Tate
Isaiah Crowell
Ray Agnew
37/67 plays
16/67 plays
14/67 plays
14/67 plays

Terrance West: 16 carries, 100 yards, 6.3 YPC.
Ben Tate:
6 carries, 41 yards, 6.8 YPC.
Isaiah Crowell: 5 carries, 32 yards, 6.4 YPC, 2 touchdowns.
Ray Agnew: 1 carry, 2 yards, 2.0 YPC.

Thoughts: Before the game on Sunday, I wrote a post highlighting how no Browns running back since 1999 had rushed for 100+ yards on opening day. Sure enough, Terrance West went on to reach the 100-yard mark, looking way more impressive behind a first-team offensive line. The injury to Ben Tate is a concern, but he was running well prior to leaving. Isaiah Crowell looked like an absolute beast when he touched the ball, and I'm already saying, "Dion Who?" We didn't throw to any of our running backs, though, which seemed to be common when Kyle Shanahan was in Washington too.

Wide Receiver
Andrew Hawkins
Miles Austin
Taylor Gabriel
Travis Benjamin
40/67 plays
38/67 plays
33/67 plays
29/67 plays

Andrew Hawkins: 8 catches, 87 yards (10 targets).
Miles Austin: 2 catches, 20 yards (3 targets).
Taylor Gabriel: 2 catches, 13 yards (6 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 2 catches, 20 yards, 1 touchdown (3 targets). 1 carry, 10 yards.

Thoughts: I love the equal distribution among the wide receivers, and this was also something I called for leading up to this week's game. This unit gives off the vibe of the year when Kevin Johnson, Quincy Morgan, Dennis Northcutt, and Andre Davis were all used regularly. It was great to see a coach actually respect Travis Benjamin enough to give him some reps on offense. By using him more, too, the reverse plays can become less predictable to opposing defenses. Andrew Hawkins came as delivered.

Tight End
Jim Dray Gary Barnidge Jordan Cameron
50/67 plays
43/67 plays
21/67 plays

Jim Dray: 2 catches, 30 yards (2 targets).
Gary Barnidge: 1 catch, 13 yards (2 targets).
Jordan Cameron: 2 catches, 47 yards (5 targets).

Thoughts: The shoulder injury to Jordan Cameron led to his exit and a lot of reps for Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge. All of the tight ends contributed in the receiving game, and that's a positive -- too often last year, we kept our reserve tight ends exclusively on the line as blockers.

Brian Hoyer
67/67 plays

Brian Hoyer: 19-of-31 (61.3%) for 230 yards, 1 touchdown. 1 carry, -2 yards.

Thoughts: Besides his first throw to Jordan Cameron, Brian Hoyer had a poor first half, along with the rest of the Browns. The playcalling and quick passes in the second half played to Hoyer's strengths much better. Unfortunately, unlike last year, Hoyer could not finish the job at the end of the game; he had a couple of incomplete passes to forced areas when the game was tied. All things considered, though, Hoyer showed why he won the starting job.