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Browns' Week 3 Defensive Snap Counts vs. Raiders

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Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 27-20 loss to the Raiders.

Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 3 game against the Oakland Raiders.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Danny Shelton 44
62% 1 tackle, 4 assists (5 combined).
DL John Hughes 40
56% 1 fumble recovery.
DL Randy Starks 34
48% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Xavier Cooper 30
42% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Jamie Meder 26
37% 2 assists (2 combined).

The Browns committed to stopping the run early, and I thought they did a fair job at it. As I'll mention later, the big issue in my opinion continues to be the safeties being way out of position or missing tackles at the second- and third-levels. With Desmond Bryant inactive, the linemen were unable to generate a pass rush.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Paul Kruger 56
79% 2 assists (2 combined).
OLB Armonty Bryant
39
55% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 tackle for loss.
OLB Barkevious Mingo 26
37% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
OLB Nate Orchard
20
28% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Can somebody please find Paul Kruger? Anybody? He's looking like he did in his first year with the club instead of the man who was possessed in the preseason. Armonty Bryant had a couple of nice run stops early.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Karlos Dansby 71
100% 5 tackles, 4 assists (9 combined).
ILB Christian Kirksey 44
62% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 forced fumble.
ILB Craig Robertson 18
25% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).

Christian Kirksey had the biggest defensive play of the game, forcing a fumble on WR Amari Cooper in the fourth quarter that allowed Cleveland to get back in the game.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Donte Whitner 71
100% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 2 passes defended.
S Tashaun Gipson 64
90% 3 tackles, 3 assists (6 combined).
S Jordan Poyer
29
41% 2 tackles (2 combined).

The worst position on the team through three games is the safety position. Donte Whitner made another critical error on the Raiders' big run, and then Whitner and Tashaun Gipson combined to miss a tackle on fullback Marcell Reece's big catch-and-run. That's over 100 yards of offense by the Raiders in the second half that really should've just been a total of about 20 yards.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Tramon Williams
71
100%
3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Joe Haden 64
90% 4 tackles (4 combined).
CB Pierre Desir 29
41% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Johnson Bademosi
5
7% No stats registered.

Joe Haden claims that he hurt his ribs on the first play of the game and battled the rest of the way. Amari Cooper had his way with him early. When Haden had to leave briefly, Johnson Bademosi received snaps at cornerback before Justin Gilbert.

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Amount of Defensive Plays, By the Week

  • Week 1: 61 plays
  • Week 2: 80 plays
  • Week 3: 71 plays