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Browns' Week 2 Offensive Snap Counts vs. Titans

Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 28-14 victory over the Titans.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 2 game against the Tennessee Titans.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Johnny Manziel
8-of-15 (53.3%) for 172 yards, 2 TDs. 3 carries, 1 yard.

Buckle up, Browns fans -- we're in for another quarterback controversy! In terms of the quarterbacks themselves, I think it will be a graceful competition with no animosity from Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel. The decision that Mike Pettine makes at the position could help define his head coaching career, though, for better or for worse. Does he want to throw his eggs back in the basket of McCown, or will he say, "what the hell" and roll with Manziel?

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Isaiah Crowell 26
15 carries, 72 yards, 4.8 avg, 1 TD.
RB Duke Johnson
12 carries, 43 yards, 3.6 avg.
FB Malcolm Johnson
0 catches (1 target).

It wasn't a tremendous performance by the Browns' running backs, but the thing that was more impressive about this week was both backs' abilities to finish runs. They made their presence known by fighting for that extra yard or two or falling forward upon being hit. Crowell showed some nice balance when he extended for the end zone on his 11-yard touchdown. Neither running back was targeted on a pass, though, which remains a surprise when it comes to Duke Johnson's expected utilization.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Andrew Hawkins 38
3 catches, 43 yards (4 targets).
WR Travis Benjamin 23
47% 3 catches, 115 yards, 2 TDs (4 targets).
WR Brian Hartline 20
41% 0 catches (3 targets).
WR Taylor Gabriel 13
27% 1 catch, -3 yards (1 target).
WR Dwayne Bowe
16% 0 catches (1 target).
WR Marlon Moore
2% No stats registered.

There weren't many plays to go around offensively on Sunday as Cleveland focused more on the running game. Travis Benjamin continues to be utilized as a home run threat and is 3-for-3 on his deep receptions for touchdowns. Andrew Hawkins had some nice catches in chunks to move the chains. Brian Hartline couldn't haul in a third-down pass. Dwayne Bowe was targeted once as the coaches try to ease him back into the gameplan. Marlon Moore had a stray snap somewhere; I wonder if it was on the kneeldown to end the game?

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Jim Dray 34
69% No stats registered.
TE Gary Barnidge 32
65% 1 catch, 17 yards (1 target).
TE Rob Housler 6
12% No stats registered.

After targeting the tight ends often in Week 1, the group was only targeted once against the Titans and it helped set up the team's second touchdown of the day. Jim Dray led the unit in snaps as he's featured more as the blocking tight end.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 49 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 49 100%
OL Alex Mack 49 100%
OL Mitchell Schwartz 49 100%
OL John Greco 49 100%
OL Cameron Erving 3 6%

The Browns allowed two sacks, both of which led to fumbles that were recovered by Duke Johnson and Mitchell Schwartz. Both sacks seemed to be somewhat on Johnny Manziel, though. Joel Bitonio had a clipping penalty and a holding penalty. Cameron Erving played three snaps (tight end), but seemed to be misaligned on one of them, forcing the team to call a timeout.


Amount of Offensive Plays, By the Week

  • Week 1: 71 plays
  • Week 2: 49 plays

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