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Browns' Offensive Snap Counts and Stats vs. Chargers

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 20-17 victory over the Chargers.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 16 game against the San Diego Chargers.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Robert Griffin III
61 86% 17-of-25 (68.0%) for 164 yards. 6 rushes, 42 yards.
QB Cody Kessler
10 14% 2-of-3 (66.7%) for 11 yards.

We saw glimpses of Griffin getting more comfortable in the offense, which sees him mixing the run with some more accurate passes. Unfortunately, he struggled at his "strength" again, which is the deep ball. Passes to Coleman and Hawkins were caught, but out of bounds. He drew several roughing the passer calls. In the fourth quarter, though, the risk of taking off one too many times came to light as he had to leave with a concussion. Kessler came in and wasn't given much to do except play safe on third down throws. He got one completion to Coleman, which helped bleed the clock some more.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Isaiah Crowell 38 54% 16 carries, 54 yards, 3.4 avg, 2 TDs. 4 catches, 4 yards (5 targets).
RB Duke Johnson 33 46% 7 carries, 28 yards, 4.0 avg. 2 catches, 21 yards (2 targets).
RB Dan Vitale
12 17% 1 catch, 15 yards (1 target).

Crowell had 8 carries for 34 yards in the first half and 8 carries for 20 yards in the second half. I guess we can't say they gave up on the run. Johnson had 3 carries for -1 yards in the first half before getting 4 carries for 29 yards in the second half. Crowell's yards per catch was very low. Johnson had a sick move on one of his grabs that forced two defenders to collide with each other. For the second straight week, Vitale had a nice catch-and-run up the sideline.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Terrelle Pryor 66 93% 3 catches, 36 yards (5 targets).
WR Corey Coleman 61 86% 2 catches, 15 yards (5 targets).
WR Andrew Hawkins 41 58% 1 catch, 21 yards (2 targets).
WR Rashard Higgins
10 14% 0 catches (1 target).
WR Ricardo Louis
3 4% No stats registered.

Overall, it was a quiet game for the Browns' wide receivers. Pryor had one contested pass that he might have caught had it not been for his finger injury. Coleman and Hawkins both made catches in the end zone that were out of bounds, to no fault of their own.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 68 96% 5 catches, 42 yards (6 targets).
TE Randall Telfer 14 20% No stats registered.
TE Seth DeValve 7 10% 1 catch, 21 yards (1 target).

Even though he didn't rack up touchdowns, this was a game that was reminiscent of last year for Barnidge. Griffin was able to stick the ball on him in tight windows and he safely secured the pass for some under-the-radar conversions. DeValve had a great catch up the seam to help set up a touchdown, but it unfortunately took him out of the game.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 71 100%
OL Spencer Drango
71 100%
OL Cameron Erving 71 100%
OL Jonathan Cooper
71 100%
OL Austin Pasztor 71 100%
OL Shon Coleman
2 3%

The Browns allowed 9 sacks and 12 quarterback hits. The numbers on hits to the quarterback continue to get uglier. Some of that is on the quarterback play, but the overall, there are clearly issues on the line. The most stable player was Thomas, and although Joey Bosa beat Pasztor inside once, I thought he actually held his own for most of the afternoon. The interior of the line was the issue.