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

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The Browns get a lot of pressure from Larry Ogunjobi, and a solid effort by Jabrill Peppers.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 5 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 77 89% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 0.5 sack, 2 QH.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 75 86% 3 QH.
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 70 80% 1 tackle, 4 assists (5 combined). 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
DL Trevon Coley 38 44% 4 assists (4 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH, 1 fumble recovery.
DL Chris Smith 25 29% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Brian Price 15 17% No stats registered.
DL Carl Davis 7 8% No stats registered.
DL Anthony Zettel 2 2% No stats registered.
  • There were no tackles for Larry Ogunjobi despite a long day on the job, but he still made an impression with three hits on Joe Flacco. Per PFF:

The Browns defense pressured Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on 28.8% of his dropbacks, and DT Larry Ogunjobi created seven of them in his fifty pass-rush snaps. Ogunjobi now has the 14th-best pass rushing productivity rating among all qualifying defensive tackles.

  • In his first game, the Browns immediately gave 15 snaps to Brian Price, ahead of the likes of Carl Davis and Anthony Zettel. It was good to see Chris Smith’s reps back up to 29% of the game. Smith was the Browns’ 4th highest-graded defender by PFF (74.9).
  • Emmanuel Ogbah had a huge play at the goal line, tipping a pass from Joe Flacco so that Denzel Ward could pick it off.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Joe Schobert 87 100% 5 tackles, 4 assists (9 combined). 2 passes defended, 1 forced fumble.
LB Christian Kirksey 84 97% 7 tackles, 5 assists (12 combined). 1 TFL.
LB Jamie Collins 69 79% 8 tackles, 4 assists (12 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
LB Genard Avery 33 38% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
  • The Browns’ starting linebackers came ready to tackle against the Ravens, as they combined for 33 tackles, nearly half of the team’s total tackles. Joe Schobert in particular was strong, graded as the second-highest defender on the Browns (86.0) and continuing to play every snap.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Denzel Ward 87 100% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 interception, 3 passes defended, 1 blocked field goal.
CB E.J. Gaines 78 90% 4 tackles (4 combined). 2 passes defended.
CB T.J. Carrie 55 63% 2 tackles (2 combined).
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 1 1% No stats registered.
  • Despite Denzel Ward’s electric game, he was the 5th-graded defender by PFF on the Browns (71.2). One reason why? E.J. Gaines (77.3) was ahead of him as the 3rd highest-graded defender. Now then, let’s talk about Ward’s great game:
  • Gaines defended two passes on Sunday and played tight to the receivers. T.J. Carrie remained the nickelback.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Damarious Randall 87 100% 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined).
S Jabrill Peppers 48 55% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 2 passes defended.
S Derrick Kindred 19 22% 1 assist (1 combined).
  • Early on in the game, I thought the Browns were missing quite a few tackles but that Jabrill Peppers was coming up to play a physical game. As it turns out, PFF rewarded him with a grade of 87.0, the highest on the Browns’ defense. He also out-snapped Derrick Kindred 55% to 22%, the biggest disparity between the two this season. Per PFF:

Peppers was disruptive against the run, blowing up a block on a stretch run to the outside which led to a significant loss on the play. He also forced incompletions downfield and laid a big hit in the end zone on a tipped ball that still had a chance to be caught.