Pro Football Focus published an article last week highlighting the number of missing snaps for each team in the NFL. This post will cover the offensive side of things. PFF used a metric called "Full Time Equivalent" (FTE) to measure how many offensive snaps the team will miss. For example, if the quarterback position saw 1,000 snaps in 2014 and QB Brian Hoyer saw 800 snaps, he would earn a FTE of 0.8.
Cumulatively, the Browns' offense had an FTE of 2.94, which was ranked 23rd in the NFL. That means they are missing nearly three starting-level snaps from a year ago. Per PFF, these are the four offensive players with the highest number of lost snaps:
- QB Bryan Hoyer (934)
- WR Miles Austin (544)
- TE Jordan Cameron (487)
- C Nick McDonald (481)
The key is how the Browns will replace those snaps. The plan at quarterback is to replace Hoyer with QB Josh McCown, so it's basically a push. The same goes for wide receiver, where either WR Dwayne Bowe or WR Brian Hartline will take Austin's reps. It's a good thing that McDonald's snaps are gone, because that means C Alex Mack will be back in the starting lineup, hopefully playing at a high level again.
The biggest loss, as we've said this offseason, is seeing Cameron go to the Dolphins. Reports indicated that Cleveland made their pitch to bring Cameron back at a lucrative price, but he opted to head to Miami instead.