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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 14

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After a mediocre first half, the Browns’ defense only allowed 3 points in the second half.

Carolina Panthers v Cleveland Browns Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 14 game against the Carolina Panthers.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 61 82% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 3 QH.
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 55 74% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Larry Ogunjobi 51 69% 4 assists (4 tackles).
DL Trevon Coley 32 43% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Chris Smith 21 28% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Anthony Zettel 13 18% No stats registered.
DL Brian Price 8 11% No stats registered.
  • Myles Garrett was a force against the Panthers. He logged another sack, pushing his season-total to 12.5. PFF gave him a grade of 90.8, saying he generated 7 pressures in 38 pass-rushing attempts. Remember, he almost nearly forced a strip-sack on Cam Newton to end the first half, but the play was overturned to a forward shuffle pass.
  • The Browns saved up Larry Ogunjobi for the second half with a big brace on his bicep. He still played 69% of the snaps, a sign that they feel he can deal with the injury moving forward (otherwise, they would’ve limited him much more).

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Joe Schobert 74 100% 6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined).
LB Jamie Collins 74 100% 6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined). 1 TFL.
LB Genard Avery 60 81% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 pass defended.
LB Tanner Vallejo 6 8% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
  • Genard Avery received a lot of low grades for his pass coverage leading up to this week. Although he didn’t make spectacular plays in pass defense, he made a couple of stops, which was encouraging to see — even though I think it might have been “right place, right time.”
  • Jamie Collins and Joe Schobert played the whole game, but neither had a play that really stood out.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB T.J. Carrie 72 97% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 2 passes defended.
CB Terrance Mitchell 71 96% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined).
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 68 92% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 QH.
  • The officials kept throwing the flag on T.J. Carrie. As has been the case, some calls were understandable (but borderline), while others are ones you’d like to let the guys play on. Carrie is not viewed as anywhere near a top corner, so him being “handsy” is drawing flags from officials.
  • Terrance Mitchell made a very quiet return, but started and played 96% of the snaps. I don’t even remember his name being called once during the broadcast.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Damarious Randall 72 97% 8 tackles, 1 assist (9 combined). 1 interception, 1 pass defended.
S Jabrill Peppers 59 80% 2 tackles (2 combined).
S Derrick Kindred 17 23% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
  • Damarious Randall had the interception that sealed the victory at the end on Newton’s overthrow, but it was Jabrill Peppers who continues to receive some high praise from PFF (Randall also graded high).

Jabrill Peppers (82.6 game grade, third among Week 14 safeties) excelled in the pass game versus Carolina. Peppers was in coverage on 33 snaps, but allowed just one catch on one target for three yards, giving him a yards-per-snap average of just .09, the sixth-lowest rate among qualifying safeties. But stopping the run is what Peppers was slated to do this year in his move back to strong safety, and stopping the run is what he’s done. On the year, Peppers has the T-9th best run-stop percentage (4.7) among qualifying safeties and the 16th-best run defense grade (75.8).