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

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 11-10 loss to the Bills.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 2 preseason match against the Buffalo Bills.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Johnny Manziel 37
10-of-18 for 118 yards, 1 TD. 3 carries, 19 yards.
QB Josh McCown 27
7-of-10 for 57 yards, 2 INTs.

Between all of the camp sessions so far, this was probably the worst that Josh McCown has looked and it came against a pressure-heavy front seven. The first interception was on target, but also short of the first down with a lot of traffic, so the question is, "is the risk worth it?" The second interception was a prayer thrown up for Andrew Hawkins, who will not win a jump ball situation. Johnny Manziel continued the steady progress he's made in camp, which is to say that he isn't looking like the disaster he was in 2014.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Terrance West 21
11 carries, 42 yards, 3.8 avg.
RB Jalen Parmele 20
2 carries, 10 yards, 5.0 avg. 0 catches (1 target).
RB Isaiah Crowell 14
5 carries, 14 yards, 2.8 avg.
RB Timothy Flanders 9
4 carries, 4 yards, 1.0 avg.

I get that the preseason is about trying to find the lead horse, but with Terrance West getting the start over Isaiah Crowell, it already brought back haunting memories of 2014 when I hated the fact that a different guy would start every other week. I didn't expect the Browns to run the ball well against Buffalo, but West still managed to churn out a couple of good runs.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Josh Lenz 28
1 catch, 6 yards (2 targets).
WR Vince Mayle 25
1 catch, 7 yards (5 targets).
WR Travis Benjamin 22
1 catch, 6 yards (3 targets).
WR Taylor Gabriel 22
1 catch, 10 yards (1 target).
WR Darius Jennings 19
2 catches, 40 yards (3 targets).
WR Brian Hartline 17
2 catches, 18 yards (2 targets).
WR Andrew Hawkins 13
1 catch, -1 yard (2 targets).
WR Shane Wynn 6
1 catch, 21 yards, 1 TD (1 target).

Vince Mayle will never hear the end of it from fans. Last year, our fourth-round pick, Pierre Desir, looked awful in the preseason, but most people had a, "let's redshirt him" mentality. The case seems to be a little different for Mayle, with fans comparing him to Greg Little already. "Cut him or find a way to IR him" are the most common reactions I've seen. Shane Wynn caught a touchdown but received the least amount of playing time, perhaps revealing his spot on the totem poll.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE E.J. Bibbs 35
2 catches, 14 yards (2 targets).
TE Rob Housler 31
2 catches, 27 yards (2 target).
TE Jim Dray 21
1 catch, 11 yards (1 target).
TE Manasseh Garner 11
1 catch, 14 yards (1 target).
TE Gary Barnidge 6
1 catch, 2 yards (2 targets).

I guess we can say that Gary Barnidge finally dropped a pass...except that it doesn't count for his PFF streak since it's just the preseason! Fortunately, he did not suffer a concussion despite being hit up high. The rest of the tight ends each saw productivity in the passing game.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Cameron Erving 37
OL Michael Bowie 37
OL Mitchell Schwartz 27
OL Joel Bitonio 27 42%
OL John Greco 27 42%
OL Alex Mack 27 42%
OL Joe Thomas
27 42%
OL Eric Olsen 26
OL Andrew McDonald
OL Karim Barton 26
OL Vinston Painter 11

OL Ryan Seymour 11 17%
OL Darrian Miller 11 17%

The starters played 42% of the snaps. The three players to receive the least snaps were Vinston Painter, Ryan Seymour, and Darrian Miller. Does anyone know who played center when Alex Mack and Seymour weren't in the game?


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