|QB||DeShone Kizer||52||73%||15-of-31 for 182 yards, 3 INT. 5 rushes, 26 yards, 1 fumble.|
|QB||Kevin Hogan||19||27%||5-of-11 for 118 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. 1 rush, 5 yards.|
- This was the definition of ugly for DeShone Kizer, who turned the ball over four times despite only playing about three quarters worth of action. It started early with him holding on to the ball too long, leading too a fumble. Two of his interceptions came in the red zone on plays in which his receivers were open.
- Give credit to Kevin Hogan, who stepped in and was decisive on his first drive, drilling both of his receiving tight ends for big plays. He also had a nice outside shoulder throw to Corey Coleman, which the receiver just barely missed hauling in. Backed up in his own territory, he nearly had a 40-yard completion to Rashard Higgins on third down, but that wasn’t hauled in either.
- Unfortunately, Hogan also tried to make a play that wasn’t there near the end of the first half, leading to an interception. That set off a trickle down effect that turned the game around. Worst-case scenario, Cleveland should’ve headed into the half down by a touchdown. Instead, they were down two scores, with Baltimore getting the ball to begin the second half.
- Per PFF, Kizer graded out to a 32.3. When he wasn't pressured, Kizer was just 13-of-25 for 149 yards and three interceptions, the second-worst grade under pressure of the week. He also couldn’t push the ball downfield successfully, which goes against what appeared to be one of his strengths in the preseason.
- PFF also offered insight into whether Kizer improved how quickly got the ball out. The answer? He got worse:
In Week 2, Kizer ranks last in average time to throw (3.36 seconds), average time per attempt (3.01 seconds) and next to last in average time to sack (4.55 seconds). All of these metrics were worse than the 3.05, 2.55, and 4.4 he posted in those same categories respectively last week.
|RB||Duke Johnson||37||52%||4 carries, 21 yards (5.3 YPC). 3 catches, 59 yards (6 targets).|
|RB||Isaiah Crowell||32||45%||10 carries, 37 yards (3.7 YPC). 0 catches (1 target).|
|FB||Danny Vitale||6||8%||No stats registered.|
|RB||Matthew Dayes||4||6%||No stats registered.|
- I get that Hue Jackson doesn’t want to baby DeShone Kizer, but even if the running game isn’t working out the best, it’s irresponsible to have this team throw it 42 times and only hand the ball off to running backs 14 times. To compare, Baltimore attempted 34 passes and handed it off to their running backs 29 times.
- Duke Johnson was back to his reps with the running backs this week, and his long run of 16 yards nearly went for a touchdown, but officials said his foot stepped out of bounds at the 3 yard line. Two plays later, Kizer was picked off. Johnson also made an incredible one-handed catch downfield. PFF says Johnson only had 3 snaps in the slot:
Browns final HB snap count: Duke Johnson 39, Isaiah Crowell 32, Matthews Dayes 2. Only 3 snaps in the slot for Duke. Out of 71 plays— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) September 17, 2017
- Only four snaps on offense this week for Matthew Dayes, and we still aren’t seeing enough of fullback Danny Vitale in my opinion. On a positive side, none of the running backs allowed a pressure in pass blocking this week.
|WR||Rashard Higgins||54||76%||7 catches, 95 yards (11 targets). 1 rush, 4 yards.|
|WR||Kenny Britt||42||59%||1 catch, 2 yards (2 targets).|
|WR||Corey Coleman||38||54%||1 catch, 9 yards (7 targets).|
|WR||Ricardo Louis||32||45%||2 catches, 27 yards (2 targets).|
|WR||Sammie Coates||26||37%||0 catches (4 targets).|
- The Ravens’ top two cornerbacks are pretty good (Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith), and they shut Cleveland’s top two receivers down as Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman combined for 2 catches for 11 yards on 9 targets. Britt had an offensive pass interference call against him and gave some very lazy-looking effort on a couple of plays. Coleman also had one drop and couldn’t haul in a downfield pass from Hogan.
- After getting called up on Saturday, our speculation about Rashard Higgins playing the slot came true, and he stunningly delivered the best performance of the game, catching 7 passes for 95 yards. I mean, that’s like an RKO out of no where. At least Hue Jackson got one thing right in the gameplan. Per PFF, 88.4% of Higgins’ routes came from the slot, and he caught passes against five different defenders.
- With Kasen Williams inactive, Sammie Coates saw his first receiving reps of the season. He was targeted on several deep balls, but couldn’t haul any in. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s cut before long.
|TE||David Njoku||34||48%||3 catches, 27 yards (4 targets).|
|TE||Seth DeValve||31||44%||2 catches, 61 yards (4 targets).|
|TE||Randall Telfer||19||27%||1 catch, 20 yards (1 target).|
- At least the tight ends delivered in the receiving game. The trio of Seth DeValve, David Njoku, and Randall Telfer was targeted 9 times, leading to 6 catches for 108 yards and 1 touchdown.
- I feel like DeValve should’ve been used a little more, and I’m also still puzzled about why we’re using Njoku on screen passes on early downs. He doesn’t look fast enough to build a full head of steam from the line of scrimmage.
- PFF says that Njoku allowed two pressures in five pass blocking attempts.
- The Ravens registered 3 sacks and 10 quarterback hits. Overall, I thought the protection held up better than it did a week ago. Kizer’s three interception came when he was not under duress.
- Per PFF, the Browns' top three graded players on offense were C J.C. Tretter (83.4), LG Joel Bitonio (82.7), and LT Joe Thomas (80.8). Congrats to Thomas for surpassing 10,000 consecutive snaps to begin his career.
- Digging deeper into Tretter’s improved day, PFF says his pass block grade was 89.8 and he allowed no pressures ont he day.
- RT Shon Coleman logged two tackles on the day.