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Browns' Offensive Snap Counts vs. Buccaneers

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 31-7 victory over the Buccaneers.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 3 preseason match against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Josh McCown 46 70% 17-of-23 for 117 yards, 2 TDs. 3 carries, 20 yards.
QB Thaddeus Lewis
20 30% 4-of-5 for 66 yards. 2 carries, 11 yards, 1 TD.

There was no doubt that Josh McCown treated this like a regular season game, putting his body on the line for several scrambles and then taking a big-time shot at the end of the first half. The stats look very pretty for McCown, and he was sharp on his first and final drive. Everything in the second quarter was rough, from off-target passes to not leading the two-minute drill in an effective manner. Thaddeus Lewis looked the best he has this preseason.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Isaiah Crowell 24 36% 8 carries, 27 yards, 3.4 avg. 2 catches, 12 yards (2 targets).
RB Terrance West 17 26% 7 carries, 26 yards, 3.7 avg. 1 catch, 5 yards (1 target).
FB Malcolm Johnson
16 24% No stats registered.
RB Jalen Parmele 11 17% 8 carries, 25 yards, 3.1 avg.
RB Timothy Flanders 9 14% 5 carries, 6 yards, 1.2 avg.
RB Duke Johnson
5 8% 1 carry, 4 yards, 4.0 avg. 1 catch, 1 yard (2 targets).

The Browns' running backs had a couple of big-hitter runs, and then a mix of runs that went nowhere. There seemed to be very little in between. It was disappointing to see Duke Johnson suffer a concussion after having got the start. We're no further to knowing who the opening day running back will be.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Taylor Gabriel 26 39% 4 catches,30 yards (4 targets).
WR Brian Hartline 25 38% 1 catch, 3 yards, 1 TD (3 targets).
WR Andrew Hawkins 24 36% 1 catch, 8 yards (1 target).
WR Travis Benjamin 18 27% 4 catches, 39 yards (4 targets).
WR Dwayne Bowe
15 23% 0 catches (3 targets).
WR Josh Lenz 14 21% 1 catch, 48 yards (2 targets).
WR Vince Mayle 13 20% No stats registered.
WR Darius Jennings 10 15% No stats registered.
WR Shane Wynn 6 9% 1 catch, 6 yards (1 target).

Dwayne Bowe dropped the first pass that went to him and then Josh McCown misfired on the next attempt. Both passes were actually off target. The good news is that Bowe was getting open, so hopefully McCown can iron out the issue of getting the pair in sync. Brian Hartline and Taylor Gabriel have the sideline toe tap down pat already.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 35 53% 1 catch, 7 yards, 1 TD (1 target).
TE Jim Dray 27 41% 2 catches, 12 yards (2 targets).
TE Rob Housler 15 23% 1 catch, 5 yards (1 target).
TE E.J. Bibbs 13 20% 1 catch, 7 yards (1 target).
TE Anthony Ezeakunne
7 11% No stats registered.

How is it possible that E.J. Bibbs breaks multiple tackles every single time he touches the ball? You'd think one of these times someone would be able to bring him down like most other players in the NFL.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 46 70%
OL Joel Bitonio 46 70%
OL Alex Mack 46 70%
OL John Greco 46 70%
OL Mitchell Schwartz 46 70%
OL Karim Barton 20 30%
OL Eric Olsen 20 30%
OL Cameron Erving 16 24%
OL Andrew McDonald
13 20%
OL Vinston Painter 7 11%
OL Erle Ladson
7 11%

I crossed my fingers and just kept hoping that our starting five would make it through the game healthy, and it appears that they did. I expect Joe Thomas and Alex Mack to get next week's game off, with the other three starters playing a little bit before giving way to the reserves.


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