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Browns' Offensive Snap Counts and Stats vs. Buccaneers

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 30-13 loss to the Buccaneers.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts on offense for the Cleveland Browns' third preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Robert Griffin III 34 50% 8-of-14 (57.1%) for 119 yards, 1 TD. 1 carry, 4 yards.
QB Josh McCown 25 37% 6-of-11 (54.5%) for 65 yards. 1 carry, 1 yard.
QB Cody Kessler 9 13% 5-of-6 (83.3%) for 27 yards. 1 carry, 1 yard.

Robert Griffin III was crisp in throwing the football on the first drive. After that, though, other than the touchdown pass to Josh Gordon, there wasn't a lot to jump up and down about. He was sacked five times, had to throw away a screen pass due to it being blown up, and ran out of bounds on one play when nothing was there. It was really a couple of holding penalties that set the offense back for awhile, and with Joe Thomas exiting early and Cameron Erving not being as sharp in protection, things fell apart at times. Overall, I thought it was still an acceptable performance from Griffin, though.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Isaiah Crowell 18 26% 8 carries, 39 yards, 4.9 avg.
RB Terrell Watson 17 25% 5 carries, 9 yards, 1.8 avg.
RB Duke Johnson 16 24% 3 carries, 22 yards, 7.3 avg. 1 catch, 9 yards (1 target).
RB Raijon Neal
8 12% 3 carries, 3 yards, 1.0 avg.
FB Malcolm Johnson 5 7% No stats registered.
FB Jahwan Edwards 3 4% 1 carry, 2 yards, 2.0 avg. 1 catch, -1 yards (1 target).

If we're looking for positives from the game, it's the fact that Isaiah Crowell still isn't being blown up like he was last year. Once he has a chance to get going, he's a very effective running back and that was again on display against the Buccaneers. Duke Johnson had a nice run at one point; other than that, the ground game died once the backups entered.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Terrelle Pryor 33 49% 2 catches, 15 yards (4 targets).
WR Darius Jennings 26 38% 1 catch, 12 yards (2 targets).
WR Rashard Higgins 26 38% 0 catches (2 targets).
WR Taylor Gabriel 23 34% 6 catches, 60 yards (9 targets).
WR Josh Gordon
21 31% 2 catches, 87 yards (2 targets). 1 TD.
WR Corey Coleman
17 25% 0 catches (2 targets).
WR Andrew Hawkins 17 25% 1 catch, 2 yards (1 target).
WR Jordan Payton 6 9% No stats registered.
WR Ed Eagan
5 7% 1 catch, 5 yards (1 target).
WR Josh Boyce
3 4% No stats registered.

It was nice to see Josh Gordon get his feet wet and produce again, but it's a bit of a bummer that we have to wait until Week 5 for him to play. Rashard Higgins didn't do himself any favors with a couple of drops and also seemed to have a tough time getting separation. Corey Coleman didn't get involved in the action. Taylor Gabriel seemed to be Josh McCown's only target in the second half, as he tries to fight his way onto the roster despite a crowded field. It remains puzzling why Jordan Payton is seeing so few reps. Marlon Moore did not have any receiver reps this week.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 34 50% 2 catches, 6 yards (3 targets).
TE Randall Telfer 22 32% 0 catches (1 target).
TE Seth DeValve
12 18% 1 catch, 7 yards (1 target).
TE Connor Hamlett 11 16% 1 catch, 6 yards (1 target).
TE E.J. Bibbs 3 4% No stats registered.
TE J.P Holtz 2 3% No stats registered.

Randall Telfer seems to have a firm grip of that No. 2 blocking tight end role. Seth DeValve made his debut and caught one pass. Expect to see him featured a lot in the final preseason game. E.J. Bibbs continues to see a very low utilization rate.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OT Dan France 40 59%
OG Joel Bitonio 34 50%
OG Alvin Bailey 34 50%
OT Austin Pasztor 34 50%
OG John Greco 34 50%
OG Kaleb Johnson 34 50%
C Garth Gerhart 34 50%
C Cameron Erving 34 50%
OT Shon Coleman 25 37%
OT
Spencer Drango 22 32%
OT
Joe Thomas 18
26%

Browns quarterbacks were sacked eight times. Things weren't nearly as crisp as they were a week ago against the Falcons, but Anthony Lima brought up a good point on Twitter -- Cleveland relies so much on these formation shifts, but Tampa Bay had been exposed to them for two straight practices. Maybe that helped them be well-prepared with some late adjustments of how to attack Cleveland.