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Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 14

A baffling late-decision by DeShone Kizer ruins an otherwise solid game, plus the RB, WR, and TE usage.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 14 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB DeShone Kizer 58 100% 20-of-28 for 214 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT. 2 rushes, 7 yards.
  • (Shrugs) Try to figure this one out for DeShone Kizer. He completed a season-high 71.4% of his passes and threw for a season-high 3 touchdown passes. He had several incompletions to Josh Gordon that should’ve been big plays, but no pass interference was called on them. His third down pass with over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter to David Njoku should’ve sealed it, but the rookie tight end dropped it.
  • Then, disaster struck in overtime. On 3rd-and-2, Kizer wanted Gordon on the quick hitter to his right, but the cornerback played the pass aggressively. Kizer tried to improvise, felt the rush, and scrambled left. He then made the horrid decision to try throwing back to the middle of the field, was hit as he threw it, and a dead duck was up for grabs for a crowd of four Packers to intercept. Post-game, Kizer claims he had Rashard Higgins for a game-winning touchdown. I don’t bye it, falling backward and throwing back to the middle, that he could’ve gotten it anywhere near Higgins. His best game, ruined by another WTF moment.
  • Kizer’s running game was the most limited it’s been all season, as he went for a season low 7 yards on 2 carries.
  • Per PFF, Kizer is going deep a lot now:

In the last three weeks – including two games with WR Josh Gordon – he has thrown deep on an average of 31.9 percent of his targets, the highest rate in the league.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Isaiah Crowell 36 62% 19 carries, 121 yards (6.4 YPC). 3 catches, 10 yards (3 targets).
RB Duke Johnson 25 43% 6 carries, 8 yards (1.3 YPC). 4 catches, 41 yards (4 targets). 1 TD.
FB Danny Vitale 17 29% 1 catch, 1 yard (1 target).
  • We didn’t see Isaiah Crowell crack the 20-yard barrier (one shy at 19 carries), but he did rush for over 100 yards for the first time in 2017. Incredibly, he's up to 716 yards on the season and 4.1 YPC. For awhile, it looked like he had no chance to finish the year with 1,000 yards on the ground. It’s still unlikely, but it is a lot more attainable now.
  • Duke Johnson was stifled on the ground for the second time in as many weeks, but broke free as a receiver a few times, catching 4 passes for 41 yards, including a shuffle pass touchdown.
  • Due to the Browns being in position to run the ball late, Danny Vitale saw an uptick in snaps compared to usual.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Josh Gordon 53 91% 3 catches, 69 yards (6 targets). 1 TD.
WR Corey Coleman 39 67% 5 catches, 62 yards (6 targets). 1 TD.
WR Rashard Higgins 28 48% 0 catches (1 target).
WR Ricardo Louis 4 7% No stats registered.
  • Josh Gordon had 3 catches for 69 yards in the first half, and posted an empty stat sheet in the second half. He got a really raw deal, though, because pass interference should’ve been called three times on the Packers’ defense while going up against him, and it wasn’t called once.
  • It was good to see Corey Coleman involved, including a short touchdown catch in a tight window at the goal line. There were no targets for Ricardo Louis (who only had four snaps) this week, and Rashard Higgins didn’t have a catch either.
  • There were no snaps for Sammie Coates on offense in his first game back. On the play where Gordon fell over a fallen defender, the Browns actually did bright Coates out to replace Gordon, but due to the long stoppage, they ended up going back to Gordon when play resumed.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE David Njoku 34 59% 1 catch, 3 yards (2 targets).
TE Randall Telfer 28 48% 1 catch, 12 yards (2 targets).
TE Seth DeValve 25 43% 2 catches, 16 yards (3 targets).
  • After David Njoku had a big week against the Chargers, he was not involved in the gameplan much against the Packers. He caught one early screen pass, but wasn’t targeted again until a high-pressure moment late in the fourth quarter: he was split one-on-one wide right, and ran a slant at the sticks. The ball was there, but he lost it as he was going to the ground for an incompletion. How can this guy seem so soft at times? If you want to see where the chain of the Browns’ collapse began, it was with that drop.
  • Just prior to that play, Seth DeValve made an unreal one-hand corral off the ground to keep the clock moving. He, too, was not involved much in the gameplan. Randall Telfer caught one pass and was also targeted in the end zone (incomplete).
  • From memory, this has to be the highest combined usage of the tight ends by far all season, with each of them playing nearly half the game.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Spencer Drango 58 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 58 100%
OL J.C. Tretter 58 100%
OL Kevin Zeitler 58 100%
OL Shon Coleman 58 100%
OL Austin Reiter 1 2%
  • Cleveland held off the Packers’ pass rush for much of the afternoon, holding them to 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits.
  • The highest-graded Browns player by PFF was RG Kevin Zeitler (86.8).

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Next, the Browns’ offense faces a Ravens defense that had been very good up until allowing Ben Roethlisberger to torch them for 500+ passing yards.