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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 5

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Myles Garrett debuts with two sacks, but doesn’t get a favorable grade from PFF in his 19 snaps.

New York Jets v Cleveland Browns Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 5 game against the New York Jets.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 43 81% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 QH.
DL Carl Nassib 33 62% No stats registered.
DL Trevon Coley 31 58% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Danny Shelton 24 45% No stats registered.
DL Nate Orchard 22 42% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Myles Garrett 19 36% 2 tackles (2 combined). 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QH.
DL Jamie Meder 16 30% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Larry Ogunjobi 13 25% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Notes:

  • The Browns’ defensive front delivered against the run again. The Jets finished the game with 18 rushes for 34 yards (1.9 YPC).
  • DE Myles Garrett got fans excited by logging two sacks — one came on his first career snap in which he was unblocked, and the other came late as Josh McCown tried to run after the play broke down.
  • Overall, though, PFF did not give Garrett a favorable grade in his debut. Brian Spoon tells us:

“Garrett (49.3 game grade) seemed to be on a pitch-count and noticeably favoring his ankle. He registered two sacks but was largely ineffective on other plays, earning a run defensive grade of just 45.2 and failing to make an impact any of his 13 other pass rushes.”

  • PFF really liked the day that Jamie Meder had, generating two quarterback hits and one run stop in his limited snaps. Danny Shelton returned from a calf injury but did not crack the stat sheet.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Christian Kirksey 53 100% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 TFL, 1 pass defended.
LB Joe Schobert 53 100% 2 tackles (2 combined).
LB James Burgess 45 85% 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 2 QH, 1 pass defended.
LB Deon King 3 6% No stats registered.
LB B.J. Bello 1 2% No stats registered.

Notes:

  • James Burgess led the team with 6 tackles, and also had 1 sack, 2 quarterback hits, and 1 pass defended. Jamie Collins should be back next week, but Burgess seems to be a player who will continue to be used in nickel situations.
  • Deon King and B.J. Bello got in for some rare defensive snaps.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Jason McCourty 52 98% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 INT, 2 passes defended, 1 FF.
CB Jamar Taylor 52 98% 5 tackles (5 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 36 68% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Notes:

  • Jason McCourty continues to play out of his mind. He punched one football out for a fumble (but it went out of bounds), and he jumped a pass for the team’s only interception of the day. He also defended another pass. Per PFF, he was the highest-graded player on either team Sunday (91.6), and although he allowed some catches, it was only for 24 combined yards.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Jabrill Peppers 52 98% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
S Ibraheim Campbell 25 47% 2 tackles (2 combined).
S Derrick Kindred 10 19% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Notes:

  • The Browns utilized Jabrill Peppers in a pass-rushing role more than any other time this season (5 times). He was called for roughing the passer once, but it was a bogus call. The other time, he whiffed on Josh McCown.
  • Cleveland opted to play Derrick Kindred on very few snaps, as Ibraheim Campbell saw a lot more playing time. Kindred was still credited as making the start.

One other big note from PFF:

  • Gregg Williams had the Browns blitz on 21-of-35 pass plays (60% of the time), which is the most of any team in the NFL this year. Josh McCown handled it OK, though, and was 12-of-17 for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns.