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Browns' Defensive Snap Counts and Stats vs. Steelers

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Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 27-24 overtime loss to the Steelers.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 17 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 53 75% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Jamie Meder 49 69% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Carl Nassib 47 66% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Danny Shelton 47 66% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
DL Xavier Cooper
35
49% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Gabe Wright
14
20% No stats registered.
DL Tyrone Holmes
10
14% No stats registered.

After only having four defensive linemen play a week ago, the Browns were back to seven this week. Nassib's recent surge in playing time continued, and he even got a touch sack while Landry Jones was on the ground. It was nice to see Ogbah and Meder make plays behind the line of scrimmage, and I thought Shelton bottled up the running game again.

Outside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
OLB Jamie Collins
64 90% 9 tackles, 1 assist (10 combined).
OLB Joe Schobert
21 30% 2 tackles (2 combined).

Collins had 10 tackles, but the play that stood out to me was the one he didn't make as he lost DeAngelo Williams on a tackle, which led to a touchdown. Schobert got the start for the injured Cam Johnson, but only played 30% of the snaps.

Inside Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
ILB Christian Kirksey 71 100% 10 tackles, 1 assist (11 combined). 1 sack, 3 TFL, 2 QH.
ILB Demario Davis 31 44% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH.
ILB Tank Carder
11 15% No stats registered.

Kirksey and Davis both logged sacks. After a few down games in the second half of the season, Kirksey finished this one out strong, including three tackles for losses.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Ed Reynolds
71 100% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
S Tramon Williams
70 99% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Tracy Howard
1 1% No stats registered.

How can you not love how Reynolds stabilized the safety position to end the year? I'll give credit to Williams too -- I thought he settled into the role adequately to end the year. I didn't realize that Reynolds had started three games for the Eagles last year -- no wonder he didn't look like a deer in the headlights.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Jamar Taylor 70 99% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Joe Haden 64 90% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 46 65% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 interception, 2 passes defended.
CB Marcus Burley
6 8% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Taylor ended the season strong, with the Steelers only getting one catch on him for three yards. Boddy-Calhoun started hot with an interception, but his pick six was wiped away when he fumbled the ball as he entered the end zone. Then, in the closing moments of the game, he was beaten twice, including for the game-winning touchdown. He'll want to wipe this one off his resume, but I'm not discouraged by what he can bring next year. I am glad the season is over for Haden's sake, so that he can have his surgeries. It sucks playing through limiting injuries and not being able to be the type of player you know you can be.