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Browns' Offensive Snap Counts and Stats vs. Giants

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 27-13 loss to the Giants.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 12 game against the New York Giants.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Josh McCown
74 99% 25-of-43 (58.1%) for 322 yards, 1 TD. 2 fumbles lost.
QB Kevin Hogan
1 1% No stats registered.

What is the point of using Kevin Hogan in the read-option for just one play? I can see if it's a significant part of the gameplan like it was in one game this season, but one play just makes it seem like you don't know what you're doing as a playcaller. Anyway, the bigger issue was that Josh McCown played a terrible game again. He racked up yardage, but his ball placement was awful for most of the game, and that used to be a strength of his. With good ball placement, we might be talking about the Browns' first victory yesterday. I hope Robert Griffin III gets in there to start after the bye.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Isaiah Crowell 40 53% 16 carries, 44 yards, 2.8 avg. 6 catches, 47 yards (7 targets).
RB Duke Johnson 35 47% 5 carries, 14 yards, 2.8 avg. 3 catches, 26 yards (5 targets).
RB Dan Vitale
12 16% 1 catch, -4 yards (1 target).

The Browns' rushing average was up a tad this week, but 2.8 YPC is still pretty bad. At least Hue Jackson stuck with it for a little longer before bailing on it too soon again. Isaiah Crowell operated well in space as a receiver, forcing several missed tackles. After Terrelle Pryor's big catch in the fourth quarter, the Browns tried to run a fullback screen pass to Dan Vitale. It might have gotten a few yards if the ball placement from Josh McCown hadn't been so bad, turning it into a four yard loss.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Corey Coleman 66 88% 3 catches, 38 yards (7 targets). 1 TD.
WR Terrelle Pryor 65 87% 6 catches, 131 yards (12 targets).
WR Andrew Hawkins 30 40% 0 catches (2 targets).
WR Rashard Higgins
20 27% 2 catches, 34 yards (2 target).
WR Ricardo Louis
4 5% No stats registered.

We saw Corey Coleman run a nice route to get open for a 21-yard touchdown, and he also did his best to break up an interception. Terrelle Pryor broke the 100-yard barrier again and remains on pace to get over 1,000 yards receiving. I thought the team used him in a few different manners this week -- a little more work toward the inside of the field with his routes as opposed to gluing him to the sideline. Rashard Higgins had some nice yards after the catch later in the game.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 57 76% 1 catch, 11 yards (3 targets).
TE Randall Telfer 26 35% No stats registered.
TE Seth DeValve
20 27% 3 catches, 39 yards (4 targets).

It's nice to see Seth DeValve get some work in. Gary Barnidge is not going anything wrong, but we know what he's capable of and in these last four games, I want to learn more about what DeValve can bring to the table. Speaking of Barnidge, he only played 76% of the snaps, which is lower than the 96% he usually hovers around.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 75 100%
OL Spencer Drango
75 100%
OL Cameron Erving 75 100%
OL Austin Pasztor 75 100%
OL John Greco 52 69%
OL Alvin Bailey
23 31%

The offensive line allowed 7 sacks and 11 quarterback hits. Most of the sacks seemed to pile up in the fourth quarter when Hue Jackson abandoned the running game again, exposing Josh McCown to the Giants' pass rush on every play. That predictability at the end probably had McCown questioning, "why am I even doing this any more?" One could also say that much of the pressure started after John Greco's foot injury forced him to exit the game. Alvin Bailey finished things off at right guard.