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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 6

Myles Garrett, Danny Shelton, and Jason McCourty continue to be standout players on defense.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 6 game against the Houston Texans.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 40 61% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 pass defended.
DL Trevon Coley 36 55% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Myles Garrett 33 50% 2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 4 QH.
DL Danny Shelton 33 50% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Carl Nassib 33 50% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 QH.
DL Nate Orchard 33 50% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Jamie Meder 22 33% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Larry Ogunjobi 17 26% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Caleb Brantley 7 11% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).


  • At least we had one bright spot from the Browns’ loss to Houston, and that was another productive game from first overall pick Myles Garrett. His workload increased more than I expected this week, as he was up to 33 snaps (50% of the game). He was a PFF darling this week, with eclipsing what Carl Nassib has been able to do quite quickly:
  • Another former first-round pick, Danny Shelton, graded favorably (81.3) against the Texans. PFF gave him five run stops and two quarterback pressures during his time playing in half the game. Over the last four weeks, they credit him as leading the NFL in run stop percentage.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Christian Kirksey 66 100% 5 tackles, 5 assists (10 combined). 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
LB Joe Schobert 66 100% 5 tackles, 7 assists (12 combined).
LB Jamie Collins 54 82% 3 tackles, 5 assists (8 combined). 1 pass defended.


  • The Browns’ starting linebackers combined for 30 tackles out of 66 total tackles.
  • With that said, none of the linebackers graded well again because of them being horribly unproductive against the pass (36.1 grade for Jamie Collins, 38.8 grade for Joe Schobert). In addition, Schobert missed two tackles and Collins missed one, with no one in the unit being able to generate a pass rush.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Jason McCourty 66 100% 1 assist (1 combined). 1 INT, 2 passes defended, 1 TD.
CB Jamar Taylor 66 100% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 46 70% 1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined). 1 QH.


  • The cornerbacks held their own on Sunday. DeAndre Hopkins had 2 catches for 19 yards and 1 touchdown on the day, and Will Fuller had 2 catches for 62 yards and 1 touchdown (but the big play there falls on the safety position).
  • Jason McCourty had a pick six and was in position to make another interception before Hopkins came over the top of him to break it up. Per PFF, “McCourty now has the top overall CB grade (92.0) in the league.”
  • Even though he played 70% of the snaps, I still think that CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun is so valuable to the defense that he should be an everydown player. PFF said he was not targeted once in coverage against the Texans, and that for the entire season, he’s allowed just 19 yards receiving on four targets.


Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Jabrill Peppers 66 100% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined).
S Derrick Kindred 25 38% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 TFL.
S Ibraheim Campbell 17 26% 1 assist (1 combined).


  • Jabrill Peppers was responsible for the first touchdown pass to Will Fuller, and it came when he was playing Cover 2. Later on, RB D’Onta Foreman had a long running play. Foreman was pushed out at the 2 yard line by Peppers, but I felt like he played that one too safe and could’ve had him out around the ten yard line.
  • The safety position continues to be a sore spot for Cleveland: partially due to scheme, partially due to personnel.