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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 12

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Cleveland’s defense may have taken their foot off the gas in the second half, but they could afford to do so with their lead.

Cleveland Browns v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 12 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 59 80% 1 assist (1 combined). 1 fumble recovery.
DL Myles Garrett 57 77% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 53 72% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Trevon Coley 30 41% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Anthony Zettel 17 23% 2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Brian Price 16 22% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Chris Smith 15 20% No stats registered.
  • How about the impact that Anthony Zettel had? He logged 5 tackles in 17 snaps, and ended up being the Browns’ highest-graded defender (78.2).
  • Myles Garrett kept scratching and clawing to get a sack, and it finally came in the second half. I thought he was very close to getting another one or two sacks, but I swear the left tackle held him from behind for a no-call. PFF gave Garrett really high praise for his second-half pressures:
  • Credit to Emmanuel Ogbah for his hustle to recover the high snap at the start of the second half. It’s unfortunate that Andy Dalton was hurt in the process, but still — good on Ogbah for the pursuit.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Joe Schobert 74 100% 6 tackles, 2 assists (8 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH.
LB Jamie Collins 73 99% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
LB Genard Avery 49 66% 3 tackles (3 combined).
LB Tanner Vallejo 5 7% No stats registered.
  • Joe Schobert led the team in tackles this week and was the 4th-highest graded defensive player by PFF (72.4). Schobert, in his second game back from injury, was right back up to 100% of the snaps.
  • Genard Avery is being asked to do a lot — because of that, his pass rushing stats are less evident. But he still looks like a good role player moving forward.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB T.J. Carrie 74 100% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 2 passes defended.
CB Denzel Ward 74 100% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 69 93% 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined).
CB Phillip Gaines 1 1% No stats registered.
  • The Browns’ defensive backs knocked away a couple of passes, and it was good to see T.J. Carrie come out with another decent performance.
  • Briean Boddy-Calhoun whiffed big time on a Joe Mixon run that helped set up their touchdown to end the first half. He played 93% of the snaps, meaning Cleveland featured five defensive backs for most of the game.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Damarious Randall 74 100% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
S Jabrill Peppers 55 74% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined).
S Derrick Kindred 19 26% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • Damarious Randall’s interception was great for not only being a defensive play, but for giving the ball to Hue Jackson. He backed up what he said during the week and knows how to make viral moments happen.
  • Jabrill Peppers played 74% of the snaps compared to just 26% for Derrick Kindred. Peppers had the team’s 3rd-highest defensive grade (74.9) per PFF.