In 2016, the Cleveland Browns were off-the-charts when it came to the number of snaps taken by rookie players, when they finished 1-15. In 2017, Pro Football Focus has again put together an infographic comparing the amount of rookie snaps for all 32 teams. The Browns had significantly less snaps taken by rookies in 2017 (3,590 snaps) than they did in 2016 (5,521 snaps), but the amount was still good for the fourth most in the NFL.
Here is the full breakdown of rookie snaps for Cleveland in 2017, not including special teams:
Browns’ Rookie Snap Counts in 2017
The PFF figure is off by 9 snaps; we think this might be attributable to DB C.J. Smith, who had 9 snaps but was a rookie back in 2016. Also, remember that special teams snaps were not included, where rookie K Zane Gonzalez was a regular contributor.
One problem with these rookie snaps is that, ideally, you like players to build from one year to the next. That likely won’t be the case for QB DeShone Kizer, who led the Browns with 887 rookie snaps.