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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Preseason Week 2

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The Browns’ defensive line shows up early.

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 2 preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Zaycoven Henderson 45 63% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Chris Smith 43 46% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Nate Orchard 42 59% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
DL Chad Thomas 30 42% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Jeremy Faulk 27 38% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
DL Lenny Jones 24 34% No stats registered.
DL Carl Nassib 15 21% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
DL Larry Ogunjobi 15 21% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 14 20% No stats registered.
DL Myles Garrett 14 20% 1 QH.
DL Jamie Meder 7 10% No stats registered.
  • The Browns’ defensive line made their mark early, forcing stops against the run and disrupting the passing game.
  • Larry Ogunjobi was a machine in particular, logging a sack and having another tackle for a loss on a running play.
  • Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah didn’t combine for any tackles, but Garrett had a hit on A.J. McCarron that was nearly a fumble as he was passing the ball. Per PFF, “Beyond Garrett, the Browns struggled to create pressure without blitzing.”
  • Rookie Chad Thomas made his debut and played 42% of the snaps.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Justin Currie 43 61% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH, 1 FF.
LB James Burgess 23 32% 3 tackles, 2 assist (5 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
LB Genard Avery 22 31% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
LB Jamie Collins 21 30% 4 assists (4 combined).
LB Mychal Kendricks 20 28% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 TFL.
LB B.J. Bello 15 21% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
LB Joe Schobert 14 20% 1 tackle (1 combined).
LB Brady Sheldon 12 17% 3 assists (3 combined).
LB Christian Kirksey 8 11% No stats registered.
LB Jermaine Grace 7 10% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
  • A running trend on defense this week seemed to be to give extra playing time to guys who had been injured in Week 1. In this case, I’m referring to both Justin Currie and rookie Genard Avery, who were among the top three in snaps at the position after not playing last week.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB E.J. Gaines 29 41% 1 assist (1 combined).
CB T.J. Carrie 28 39% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
CB Denzel Rice 26 37% No stats registered.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 23 32% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Mike Jordan 19 27% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Denzel Ward 14 20% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Terrance Mitchell 13 18% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Jeremiah McKinnon 12 17% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • Briean Boddy-Calhoun was in the game early, so hopefully that is a sign that he is in the plans for the defense in 2018.
  • The starting cornerbacks were Denzel Ward and Terrance Mitchell, and they didn’t allow anything against A.J. McCarron and the Bills’ first-team offense.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Simeon Thomas 32 45% 1 assist (1 combined).
S Elijah Campbell 24 34% No stats registered.
S Derrick Kindred 21 30% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
S Micah Hannemann 21 30% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
S Derron Smith 18 25% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Jabrill Peppers 16 23% No stats registered.
S Damarious Randall 14 20% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Tigie Sankoh 11 15% 1 tackle (1 combined).
S Christian Boutte 9 13% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
  • Rookie Simeon Thomas led the way in snaps.