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Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 9

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Duke Johnson finally gets some touches!

Kansas City Chiefs v Cleveland Browns Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 9 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Baker Mayfield 72 96% 29-of-42 (69.0%) for 297 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT. 1 fumble.
QB Tyrod Taylor 3 4% 1-of-1 for 11 yards.
  • The best thing the Browns could have done was given Baker Mayfield a new best friend in Duke Johnson. Mayfield completed all 9 passes intended for Johnson, including two touchdowns.
  • One thing Mayfield needs to improve on is the deep ball. He finally got a good sideline pass to Antonio Callaway, but the one to Breshad Perriman could have been on the outside shoulder. He also sailed the ball high a couple of times.
  • Tyrod Taylor played 3 snaps while Mayfield was checked for a concussion.
  • Per PFF, Mayfield released the ball on an average of 2.31 seconds, which was the 4th best among quarterbacks last week. On throws under 2.5 seconds, he had a QB rating of 130.0. When he held onto the ball longer, though, that rating sunk to 28.6.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Nick Chubb 37 49% 22 carries, 85 yards (3.9 YPC). 1 TD. 1 catch, 5 yards (1 target).
RB Duke Johnson 35 47% 1 carry, 8 yards (8.0 YPC). 9 catches, 78 yards (9 targets). 2 TD.
RB Dontrell Hilliard 4 5% 0 catches (1 target).
  • What a lovely sight it was to see Duke Johnson involved as he was in the passing game. I actually thought he slipped after a couple catches too, but made up for it.
  • Technically, Nick Chubb underachieved compared to what teams average against the Chiefs this year. But the problem, as described by PFF below, is that Chubb was hit too often behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Cleveland’s running back duo did favorable with PFF. Johnson (78.4) and Chubb (75.4) had the second and fifth-best offensive grades, respectively, among backs last week. Digging deeper, they say Mayfield had a 142.4 QB rating when targeting Johnson, and Chubb’s 3.18 yards after contact was tied for the third best mark in Week 9.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Jarvis Landry 73 97% 6 catches, 50 yards (7 targets).
WR Antonio Callaway 39 52% 3 catches, 51 yards (5 targets).
WR Rashard Higgins 29 39% 3 catches, 19 yards (4 targets).
WR Breshad Perriman 26 35% 2 catches, 26 yards (6 targets). 2 rushes, 9 yards (4.5 YPC).
WR Damion Ratley 20 27% 2 catches, 16 yards (4 targets).
  • It was another lackluster type of day for Cleveland's receivers. Dropped passes were generally reduced, except for an early one by Damion Ratley.
  • Breshad Perriman was worked into the offense this week and did a good job on two reverses and getting open. He nearly caught a deep bass, but the defender just barely broke it up in time.
  • I was surprised by how little playing time Rashard Higgins was given. The only thing I can think is that he was on a pitch count with this being his first week back.

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE David Njoku 55 73% 4 catches, 53 yards (5 targets).
TE Darren Fells 26 35% No stats registered.
TE Orson Charles 17 23% No stats registered.
TE Seth DeValve 14 19% 0 catches (1 target).
  • Whatever catches that David Njoku made were overshadowed by his missed block leading to a sack, and his reaction after the fact.
  • We saw progress in Duke Johnson's playing time, but not so with Seth DeValve, who was only targeted on Mayfield’s interception.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Greg Robinson 75 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 75 100%
OL JC Tretter 75 100%
OL Kevin Zeitler 75 100%
OL Chris Hubbard 75 100%
  • The Browns allowed 2 sacks and 2 quarterback hits.
  • OL Greg Robinson played well in his first start, registering the second-best pass-blocking grade (80.5) by PFF.