Below, we analyze the snap counts on offense for the Cleveland Browns' third preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
|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.
|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).|
||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.
|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).
||21||31%||2 catches, 87 yards (2 targets). 1 TD.
||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.|
||5||7%||1 catch, 5 yards (1 target).
||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.
|TE||Gary Barnidge||34||50%||2 catches, 6 yards (3 targets).
|TE||Randall Telfer||22||32%||0 catches (1 target).
||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.
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.