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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 10

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A high-octane Falcons offense is stopped by Cleveland’s defense that got several starters back.

Atlanta Falcons v Cleveland Browns Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 10 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 53 71% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Myles Garrett 50 67% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Larry Ogunjobi 44 59% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 0.5 sack, 2 QH.
DL Brian Price 30 40% No stats registered.
DL Trevon Coley 27 36% No stats registered.
DL Anthony Zettel 25 33% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Chris Smith 22 29% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 QH, 1 forced fumble.
  • The intriguing thing about this week’s defensive line snap counts should be obvious: it’s the first time we saw playing time distributed like it was last year. Instead of over-taxing Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi for 90% of the snaps, each were around the 60% to 67% range.
  • That allowed much more playing time for Anthony Zettel (33%) and Chris Smith (29%). This is a distribution I’d love to see more of moving forward to keep players fresher.
  • Myles Garrett did not log a sack, sending him into the bye week with 9 sacks in 10 games. Per PFF, Garrett did not even log a single pressure. Emmanuel Ogbah led the Browns with 4 pressures.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Jamie Collins 71 95% 8 tackles, 1 assist (9 combined). 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovery.
LB Genard Avery 53 71% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
LB Joe Schobert 51 68% 4 tackles, 3 assists (7 combined).
LB Tanner Vallejo 41 55% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined).
  • With Christian Kirksey out for the year, Jamie Collins stepped up for his finest performance of the season. He finished with a game grade of 74.7 from PFF and a team-high 9 tackles.
  • But it wasn’t just him. Joe Schobert returned from injury with an immediate impact. His 90.1 grade from PFF led the defense, as they credited him with the following:

Schobert allowed just one catch on four targets for two total yards, equaling a 39.6 passer rating when targeted. Schobert also added four stops (stops that constitute a “loss” for the offense) in the run game and created one quarterback pressure.

  • Let’s not leave out Vallejo, who logged 6 tackles and played 55% of the snaps. He received the 3rd highest defensive grade from PFF with a 77.1. I can’t proclaim that the Browns have found a “gem” quite yet, but they appear to have something of a player in Vallejo.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB T.J. Carrie 75 100% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined). 2 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery.
CB Denzel Ward 75 100% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 60 80% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 2 passes defended.
  • Holy hell, what got in to T.J. Carrie? That’s the player we thought we were getting from Oakland! He had the Browns’ second-highest defensive grade of the day. Per PFF, he allowed 5 catches for 43 yards when targeted, which wasn’t bad given the situations in which those catches were made. He also forced a key fumble that led to a touchdown. Even the pass interference called against him was a relatively clean play.
  • Denzel Ward returned to the lineup and played every snap. The Browns only went with three cornerbacks, keeping the new additions out of the lineup.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Damarious Randall 74 99% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 TFL.
S Jabrill Peppers 49 65% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
S Derrick Kindred 25 33% 3 tackles (3 combined).
  • Damarious Randall returned to action and played nearly every snap.
  • Jabrill Peppers out-snapped Derrick Kindred again, and had an awesome stick at the goal line that eventually proved to be the difference in the Falcons turning the ball over on downs at the 1 yard line.