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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Preseason Week 1

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 1 preseason game against the New York Giants.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Jeremy Faulk 40 53% No stats registered.
DL Caleb Brantley 37 49% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Chris Smith 36 47% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Zaycoven Henderson 33 43% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Carl Nassib 24 32% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Nate Orchard 22 29% 3 passes defended.
DL Marcell Frazier 22 29% 1 pass defended.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 18 24% No stats registered.
DL Lenny Jones 17 22% 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 16 21% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Myles Garrett 16 21% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Jamie Meder 12 16% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.

Notes:

  • Except for Emmanuel Ogbah making a mistake on Saquon Barkley’s big run to open the game, the defense played quite well on the night. Ogbah was also playing on the inside for some of his plays, and Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com noted one play in which Cleveland’s four defensive linemen were Ogbah, Myles Garrett, Carl Nassib, and Chris Smith (four defensive ends by trade).
  • Nate Orchard had very active hands, coming away with three passes defended. It was like Nassib in past years. Maybe he is trying to wave his hand to the coaching staff to let them know he is still here.
  • Rookie Chad Thomas did not play this week.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB James Burgess 58 76% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 QH.
LB B.J. Bello 34 45% 4 tackles (4 combined).
LB Jermaine Grace 17 22% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
LB Brady Sheldon 17 22% 2 tackles (2 combined).
LB Mychal Kendricks 17 22% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
LB Joe Schobert 16 21% 1 tackle (1 combined).
LB Jamie Collins 14 18% 2 tackles (2 combined).
LB Christian Kirksey 11 14% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Notes:

  • The Browns’ lone sack from the linebacker position came from Mychal Kendricks, who shot up the middle to drop Davis Webb. PFF says that Kendricks had 3 pass rushing snaps on Thursday night, and drew pressures on 2 of them.
  • We saw Joe Schobert play 16 snaps, Christian Kirksey play 11 snaps, and Jamie Collins play 14 snaps. I think what I suspected is true; we’re not going to see both Schobert and Kirksey play every down this year.
  • Rookie Genard Avery did not play this week. PFF approved of Jermaine Grace’s coverage abilities in the fourth quarter.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB T.J. Carrie 34 45% 2 tackles (2 combined).
CB Mike Jordan 29 38% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB E.J. Gaines 25 33% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Denzel Rice 22 29% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 QH.
CB Jeremiah McKinnon 20 26% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 TFL.
CB Denzel Ward 16 21% 2 tackles (2 combined).
CB Terrance Mitchell 15 20% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 13 17% No stats registered.

Notes:

  • Denzel Ward and Terrance Mitchell started for the Browns, and I thought both played well enough for a first preseason game. Ward’s taunt is something I’ve seen before (briefly standing over a guy), but that one I kind of do understand why the officials flag it.
  • T.J. Carrie saw the most playing time among the cornerbacks. How did he handle his “demotion?” Quite well, according to PFF, who “gave up gave up just one reception for seven yards on six targets,” the best among the Browns’ cornerbacks.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Elijah Campbell 35 46% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Derrick Kindred 24 32% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Simeon Thomas 22 29% 3 tackles (3 combined).
S Derron Smith 21 28% 3 tackles (3 combined).
S Jabrill Peppers 21 28% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Damarious Randall 16 21% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Tigie Sankoh 14 18% No stats registered.
S Christian Boutte 11 14% No stats registered.
S Montrel Meander 11 14% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Micah Hannemann 10 13% 1 tackle (1 combined).

Notes:

  • The safeties weren’t tested very much this week, but it was nice to see Jabrill Peppers near the line and Damarious Randall close enough to an errant throw to where he could almost come away with a diving interception.