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Browns' Defensive Snap Counts and Stats vs. Falcons

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Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 24-13 loss to the Falcons.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts on defense for the Cleveland Browns' first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 49
58%
1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Carl Nassib 43
51% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 pass defended.
DL Xavier Cooper 34
40% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Jamie Meder 32
38% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Danny Shelton 29
35% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Armonty Bryant 21
25% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Chigbo Anunoby 21
25% 3 tackles (3 combined).
DL Nick Hayden 19
23% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Kenton Adeyemi 16
19% 1 assist (1 combined). 0.5 sacks, 1 QH.
DL Jason Neill 7
8% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).

Danny Shelton saw some reps in the second half (beyond his first-team reps), which was a little interesting. Emmanuel Ogbah was a bit less visible this week, despite having the most snaps, but the same can't be said for Carl Nassib. Even though Nassib only had one tackle, he had several disruptive plays. He had a second sack where he was unblocked off the edge on third down, but it was wiped away due to a Justin Gilbert penalty.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Cam Johnson 36
43%
2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 0.5 sacks, 3 QH.
OLB Paul Kruger 27
32% 1 assist (1 combined).
OLB Joe Schobert 26
31% 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
OLB Nate Orchard 26
31% 1 tackle (1 combined).
OLB Barkevious Mingo 23
27% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 TFL, 1 pass defended.

Cam Johnson has quietly put together two solid football games, including three quarterback hits against Atlanta. He's probably going to make this team, and it could be in favor of Barkevious Mingo. I'm still holding out hope for Mingo to be effectively weaponized by Ray Horton, but he seemed to have a demotion on the depth chart this week. Despite that, he had a good spurt once he did enter the game.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Dominique Alexander 34
40%
6 tackles (6 combined).
ILB Demario Davis 27
32% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
ILB Christian Kirksey 26
31% 4 tackles (4 combined).
ILB Justin Tuggle 26
31% No stats registered.
ILB Scooby Wright 16
19% 1 tackle (1 combined).
ILB Tank Carder 15
18% 2 tackles (2 combined).

Demario Davis can lay the big hit. Tank Carder saw the fewest snaps, but had a couple of nice plays, one in pursuit on a run to the edge, and the other on nearly deflecting a pass. Dominique Alexander led the team with six tackles, but he's probably still more of a practice squad candidate. It's hard to get a pulse on what the staff thinks of Scooby Wright so far.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Derrick Kindred 34
40%
6 tackles (6 combined).
S Rahim Moore 31
37% 3 tackles (3 combined).
S Jordan Poyer 26
31% 4 tackles (4 combined).
S Pierre Desir 25
30% 2 tackles (2 combined).
S Ibraheim Campbell 24
29% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Sean Baker 19
23% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
S Don Jones 7
8% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Tim Scott 7
8% No stats registered.

It was a rough game for Rahim Moore. Although he brought a physical presence, he completely whiffed on a sideline run that made you go, "how did he not just shove the guy out of bounds?" The rest of the safeties looked pretty good, and I think this was the best positional unit of the game on defense.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Tracy Howard 46
55%
2 tackles (2 combined).
CB Justin Gilbert 39
46% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Charles Gaines 30
36% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Jamar Taylor 29
35% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Tramon Williams 27
32% 1 pass defended.
CB Eric Patterson 20
24% 2 tackles (2 combined).
CB Mikell Everette 7
8% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Like Mingo, I keep rooting for Justin Gilbert to be better because it would salvage something after so many first-round failures. He missed a tackle on the edge on a run play, which led to a touchdown, and he had an illegal contact penalty. He also broke up a pass. We haven't seen him tested deep yet, though, which is often where he can get lost. Jamar Taylor had some good plays, but also allowed his receiver  to get a good inside track a couple of times.