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 defensive 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 cornerback position saw 1,000 snaps in 2014 and CB Buster Skrine saw 800 snaps, he would earn a FTE of 0.8.
Cumulatively, the Browns' defense had an FTE of 2.62, which was ranked 14th in the NFL. That means they are missing between 2-3 starting-level snaps from a year ago. Per PFF, these are the four defensive players with the highest number of lost snaps:
- CB Buster Skrine (1,152)
- OLB Jabaal Sheard (690)
- S Jim Leonhard (517)
- NT Ahtyba Rubin (457)
The biggest person Cleveland had to replace this offseason, in terms of snaps, was Skrine. They've done so with veteran CB Tramon Williams, and down the road, CB Justin Gilbert could contribute as well. Sheard's snaps will be replaced by rookie OLB Nate Orchard, and OLB Barkevious Mingo's workload could increase a little too.
Leonhard will probably be the most difficult person to replace since he played above average for a third safety, but Cleveland's plan appears to be to allowing rookie S Ibraheim Campbell to fill that void. Rubin will be replaced by not only one, but two better players, in my opinion: NT Danny Shelton, and DL Phil Taylor. Overall, Cleveland did more than enough to make sure their level of talent on defense did not see a decline this offseason.