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Browns' Offensive Snap Counts and Stats vs. Dolphins

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Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 30-24 overtime loss to the Dolphins.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 3 game against the Miami Dolphins.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Cody Kessler
68
83% 21-of-33 (63.6%) for 244 yards. 2 rushes, -1 yards, 1 fumble.

There are a lot of rookie quarterbacks who are winning this season, but after one game, Cody Kessler isn't one of them. Kessler had a rough first quarter before starting to find a little bit of comfort in the second quarter. In the second half, he continued getting more comfortable, and it was a credit to Hue Jackson for crafting a gameplan that put him in a good position to manage the offense. His lived up to his scouting report -- doesn't throw the ball well downfield, is accurate on short-range throws, and will show some lack of awareness. He survived the game healthy enough to not have his shoulder in a sling too, so that's a plus.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Isaiah Crowell 42
51% 15 carries, 79 yards, 5.3 avg. 0 catches (1 target).
RB Duke Johnson
41
50% 10 carries, 69 yards, 6.9 avg. 5 catches, 12 yards (7 targets).
RB Malcolm Johnson 23
28% 1 catch, 3 yards (1 target).

The distribution of the Browns' running backs was identical to a week ago, but the big difference this week was that Duke Johnson actually received more touches and delivered with some shift moves on the ground. Malcolm Johnson also received some more reps, taking some snaps away from the blocking tight ends.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Terrelle Pryor 78
95% 8 catches, 144 yards (15 targets).
4 carries, 21 yards, 5.3 avg. 1 TD.
3-of-5 (60%) for 35 yards.
WR Andrew Hawkins 60
73% 2 catches, 14 yards (4 targets).
WR Ricardo Louis 51
62% 3 catches, 40 yards (4 targets).
WR Rashard Higgins
18
22% 0 catches (1 target).
WR Jordan Payton
3
4% No stats registered.

Terrelle Pryor was an all-purpose offensive player. Who didn't see flashes of Josh Gordon when he caught that 40-yard pass over the middle late in the game? I don't know if Hue Jackson will continue to use Pryor like this, but just imagine when he and Gordon are both on the same field along with Corey Coleman. Having those type of weapons can help alleviate offensive line issues, because defenses won't be able to just come after the quarterback without giving up a big play.

As far as other playing time, Ricardo Louis passed by Rashard Higgins in terms of playing time. Louis fumbled on the first pass he caught, but was able to recover it. We're likely to continue seeing Louis receive snaps in Week 4 before taking a back seat to Gordon in Week 5. Jordan Payton played his first three snaps of the season.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Gary Barnidge 82 100% 5 catches, 66 yards (6 targets).
TE Randall Telfer 23 28% No stats registered.
TE Seth DeValve
3 4% No stats registered.

This was Gary Barnidge's best game of the season. Upon re-watching the first half, one of his grabs to set up a field goal was a sliding one-hand catch. He also caught a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, operating from the slot.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joe Thomas 82 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 82 100%
OL John Greco 82 100%
OL Alvin Bailey 82 100%
OL Austin Pasztor 82 100%

The offensive line allowed 4 sacks and 6 quarterback hits. The big problem came at right tackle, where Austin Pasztor was hit for five penalties and just couldn't contain Cameron Wake. John Greco passed the initial eye test at center compared to Cameron Erving, but a change is needed at right tackle. This was the first game in which the team did not have any plays with Spencer Drango as an extra lineman; perhaps that was because of the mistakes he made in my film study against the Ravens in limited duty.