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Browns' Defensive Snap Counts and Stats vs. Bills

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Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 33-13 loss to the Bills.

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 15 game against the Buffalo Bills.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Jamie Meder 50 75% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 QH.
DL Danny Shelton 48 72% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 QH.
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 44 66% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 QH, 1 TFL.
DL Stephen Paea 28 42% No stats registered.
DL Gabe Wright
25 37% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Carl Nassib 16 24% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Sorry, but nobody gets a gold star on defense this week. The Bills ran for 280 yards on 40 carries. You don't even have to be good at math to know that is 7.0 yards per carry. Ogbah picked up another sack to get to 5.5 on the season. If I'm being optimistic, even with the losing, him getting to the quarterback will build his confidence. Anybody that can point to tangible progress at least has a shred of something to feel good about.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Jamie Collins
59 88% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 TFL.
OLB Cam Johnson
44 66% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 pass defended.
OLB Joe Schobert
12 18% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).

This was a disappointing day for Collins, who looked like an ordinary player. What happened to the stout defensive effort we saw a few weeks ago in the first half vs. Baltimore? Johnson got a lot more playing time than second outside linebackers have been getting since Collins arrived and Ogbah went to defensive end.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Christian Kirksey 67 100% 8 tackles, 1 assist (9 combined).
ILB Demario Davis 54 81% 8 tackles, 2 assists (10 combined). 1 QH, 1 TFL.
ILB Tank Carder
7
10% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Davis' playing time was back up this week after being primarily a reserve since the Collins trade. Carder got a few reps in.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Ed Reynolds
67 100% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined).
S Ibraheim Campbell
53 79% 6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined).
S Tramon Williams 15 22% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Tracy Howard
1 1% 1 assist (1 combined).

I know I keep bragging about the guy, but I saw several more plays of Reynolds either successfully making the tackle as the last line of defense, or shooting in for an open field tackle. He's a keeper in my book.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Joe Haden 59 88% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Jamar Taylor
56 84% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 25 37% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Marcus Burley
7 10% 1 pass defended.

The Browns' cornerbacks did their jobs. Sammy Watkins had 1 catch for 10 yards and Robert Woods was held to 1 catch for 5 yards. Charles Clay did most of the damage at tight end, and a couple of the team's other few catches were in zone coverage.