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Browns' Defensive Snap Counts vs. Buccaneers

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

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Armonty Bryant 24 44% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Desmond Bryant 21 38% 1 tackle, 1 assist (1 combined). 1.5 sacks, 1 tackle for loss, 3 quarterback hits.
DL Billy Winn 18 33% No stats registered.
DL Danny Shelton 16 29% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
DL Randy Starks 15 27% No stats registered.
DL Xavier Cooper 13 24% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Jamie Meder 13 24% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
DL John Hughes 13 24% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Phil Taylor
11 20% No stats registered.
DL Dylan Wynn 7 13% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Jacobbi McDaniel 6 11% No stats registered.

The difference between this unit last year and this year is remarkable, and I am still giving Danny Shelton the credit for the turnaround. Desmond Bryant looks like a man possessed out there, and with the second unit, Jamie Meder has been giving maximum effort. It's interesting to see Armonty Bryant with the most playing time. I didn't see him once, but maybe he'll show up after I review the tape.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Paul Kruger 28 51% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 quarterback hit.
OLB Mike Reilly 20 36% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
OLB Scott Solomon 18 33% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
OLB Everette Brown 14 25% 1 assist (1 combined).

Nate Orchard was a late scratch, and Scott Solomon seemed to step up with a pretty good game. The depth at the position was a little thinner this week, but the Browns might have made up for it by being in the nickel a little more often.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Christian Kirksey 26 47% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 quarterback hit.
ILB Craig Robertson 25 45% 2 tackles (2 combined).
ILB Karlos Dansby 23 42% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
ILB Tank Carder 20 36% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
ILB Hayes Pullard 20 36% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Not much to comment on here, except that all five inside linebackers received relatively equal playing time in the third preseason game.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Ibraheim Campbell 32 58% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
S Donte Whitner 23 42% 2 tackles (2 combined).
S De'Ante Saunders 23 42% 2 tackles (2 combined).
S Landon Feichter 21 38% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.
S Tashaun Gipson
11 20% No stats registered.

Even though the coaches really like Jordan Poyer, I think there's a good chance that Ibraheim Campbell could be playing himself into that third safety role that Jim Leonhard filled last year. Tashaun Gipson played three series and then exited.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Johnson Bademosi 31 56% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Kendall James 31 56% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Tramon Williams 23 42% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Charles Gaines 16 29% 1 interception, 2 passes defended.
CB Pierre Desir 12 22% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Joe Haden
11 20% No stats registered.
CB Joe Rankin
10 18% No stats registered.
CB Aaron Ross
10 18% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.

Like Gipson, Joe Haden played three series before exiting. Charles Gaines was having a heck of a day filling in for the injured K'Waun Williams, but had to leave with a hamstring injury. Pierre Desir also had a couple of good plays before leaving with a concussion. The Browns are going to have to keep more defensive backs on the roster than usual for the fourth preseason game because of the team's injuries at the position.