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Browns’ offensive snap counts & stats: Preseason Week 1

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TE Seth DeValve had the most reps on offense, and we get a glimpse of the wide receiver depth chart.

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns' Week 1 preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB DeShone Kizer 34 44% 11-of-18 for 184 yards, 1 TD. 3 rushes, 12 yards.
QB Brock Osweiler 28 36% 6-of-14 for 42 yards. 1 rush, 10 yards.
QB Cody Kessler 15 19% 5-of-10 for 47 yards. 1 rush, 5 yards.

Notes:

  • The only quarterback who didn’t play was Kevin Hogan.
  • The original plan was for Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer to have the most reps. Wanting to get the first-team offense something positive, Brock Osweiler worked into the second quarter, taking some time away from Kessler. Kizer got the entire second half and really delivered in the fourth quarter.
  • Chemistry wasn’t in-sync for Osweiler. Kessler made a couple of nice throws during his limited action. Kizer might have held the ball too long on a few plays, but showed a good knack for taking easy yardage quickly (via the ground) and maneuvering the pocket to find his receivers downfield.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Matthew Dayes 27 35% 3 carries, 9 yards (3.0 YPC). 1 TD. 3 catches, 8 yards (1 target).
RB Isaiah Crowell 23 30% 6 carries, 15 yards (2.5 YPC). 1 catch, 9 yards (1 target).
RB Terrence Magee 19 25% 4 carries, 15 yards (3.8 YPC). 1 TD. 0 catches (1 target).
RB Duke Johnson 14 18% 1 carry, 5 yards (5.0 YPC). 1 catch, 9 yards (1 target).
RB Brandon Wilds 4 5% 1 carry, 5 yards (5.0 YPC).
FB Danny Vitale 8 10% No stats registered.

Notes:

  • None of the running backs got quite as hot as one may have liked. The depth chart went Crowell-Dayes-Magee-Wilds.
  • Matthew Dayes had a 1-yard touchdown plunge, so that productive short run figures into his average.
  • Duke Johnson did have one carry on a typical passing down, but overall, he was lined up more at receiver with the first-stringers. He drew an illegal contact penalty when lining up outside on one play.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Jordan Leslie 29 38% 2 catches, 9 yards (3 targets).
WR Rannell Hall 25 32% 2 catches, 34 yards (5 targets). 1 rush, -9 yards.
WR Rashard Higgins 24 31% No stats registered.
WR Josh Boyce 21 27% 2 catches, 35 yards (3 targets).
WR Kenny Britt 20 26% 1 catch, 4 yards (3 targets).
WR Corey Coleman 20 26% 2 catches, 11 yards (4 targets). 1 rush, 4 yards.
WR Ricardo Louis 16 21% 1 catch, 10 yards (2 targets).
WR Jordan Payton 13 17% 1 catch, 45 yards (1 target). 1 TD.
WR Mario Alford 11 14% 0 catches (1 target).
WR Richard Mullaney 11 14% 2 catches, 70 yards (3 targets).

Notes:

  • It was a terrible day for Kenny Britt. Corey Coleman had a nice catch from Kessler, and one of his early catches was behind the line of scrimmage, counting as a run.
  • Josh Boyce and Rannell Hall each had two grabs, but Boyce couldn’t hall in a sideline route from Kizer and Hall couldn’t catch a close deflection off of a defensive back.
  • Mullaney, who nobody has talked about this camp, was the benefactor of two longer passes from Kizer. He showed some nice route-running on the plays, and Jordan Payton was able to beat his man off the line of scrimmage for the game-winning touchdown.
  • Ricardo Louis was only credited with one catch, but he also had a first-down reception on a play where defensive pass interference was called. I’d chalk it up as a good day for him; he looked confident.
  • Kenny Britt was flagged for an illegal block above the waist. Ricardo Louis was flagged for a false start.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Seth DeValve 59 77% 2 catches, 14 yards (6 targets).
TE Randall Telfer 36 47% 2 catches, 15 yards (3 targets).
TE J.P. Holtz 5 6% No stats registered.

Notes:

  • Seth DeValve played the most snaps on the Browns with 59. That probably had to do with David Njoku, Taylor McNamara, and David Iese all not playing. I know Njoku was hurt, but I don’t know what McNamara and Iese didn’t see action.
  • Randall Telfer made a dumb play by trying to hurdle about five Saints defenders on a 3rd-and-25 type of play where he had only gained about 6 yards to begin with. It led to a fumble that Cleveland still recovered.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Roderick Johnson 49 64%
OL Zach Sterup 33 43%
OL Marcus Martin 33 43%
OL John Greco 33 43%
OL Austin Reiter 33 43%
OL Shon Coleman 28 36%
OL Joel Bitonio 28 36%
OL Cameron Erving 28 36%
OL J.C. Tretter 28 36%
OL Kevin Zeitler 28 36%
OL Matt McCants 16 21%
OL Kitt O'Brien 16 21%
OL Anthony Fabiano 16 21%
OL Spencer Drango 16 21%

Notes:

  • The Saints registered 4 sacks and 7 quarterback hits.
  • Cameron Erving did not play too well starting for left tackle Joe Thomas.
  • Austin Reiter was beat for a sack on a stunt.
  • Erving was flagged for a false start and holding. Kitt O’Brien and Spencer Drango were also flagged for holds.