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

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Larry Ogunjobi has another big game, and T.J. Carrie takes over as the nickelback.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 65 98% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Larry Ogunjobi 58 88% 4 tackles (4 combined). 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 2 QH.
DL Trevon Coley 50 76% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
DL Chris Smith 38 58% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).
DL Carl Davis 10 15% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Chad Thomas 10 15% No stats registered.
DL Anthony Zettel 9 14% No stats registered.
  • Who would have guessed that the Browns would have delivered a solid defensive outing against QB Drew Brees, yet had a very quiet day from DE Myles Garrett. Besides one tackle for a loss near the end of the game, Garrett was held in check by Saints LT Terron Armstead. For the second week in a row, Garrett basically played the entire game.
  • Larry Ogunjobi continues to be a beast. He played 88% of the snaps and registered two third-down sacks to end drives. He had a hat trick called off due to a questionable defensive holding penalty that was called on SS Derrick Kindred in the second half.
  • PFF says Ogunjobi had 3 pressures, and earned the 4th-best mark among interior defenders this week in that category. However, they gave him a low run defense grade of 35.8.
  • With DE Emmanuel Ogbah out, the team turned to DE Chris Smith, who played 58% of the snaps. DL Carl Davis and DL Anthony Zettel each made their debut with the club, and rookie DE Chad Thomas also saw action.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Joe Schobert 66 100% 3 tackles, 5 assists (8 combined).
LB Jamie Collins 66 100% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 1 TFL.
LB James Burgess 40 61% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
LB Genard Avery 21 32% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 QH.
  • Joe Schobert was the third-highest graded Browns player on defense with a grade of 70.4. He and Jamie Collins each played every snap.
  • With Christian Kirksey out, James Burgess made his 2018 debut, playing 61% of the snaps. After playing 51% of the snaps a week ago, rookie DE/LB Genard Avery was limited to just 32% of the snaps this week.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Denzel Ward 64 97% 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined).
CB Terrance Mitchell 53 80% 5 tackles (5 combined). 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery.
CB T.J. Carrie 35 53% 6 tackles, 2 assists (8 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 5 8% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • The Browns didn’t allow the Saints’ receivers to go off per se, but besides the two fumbles forced by CB Terrance Mitchell, it was a productive enough day for their receivers.
  • Per PFF, rookie CB Denzel Ward had a rough Week 2, logging an overall grade of 48.0. He was “targeted seven times, allowing seven completions for 71 yards, one touchdown, and a 148.3 passer rating.” They also say that Ward missed three tackles.
  • One big change in Week 2 was that T.J. Carrie replaced Briean Boddy-Calhoun as the team’s nickelback. He was flagged for pass interference once to bring the ball to the 2 yard line. He also had a nice sack later on, coming through the line untouched.
  • Despite being active, E.J. Gaines only saw a few snaps on special teams.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Damarious Randall 59 89% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 2 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery.
S Derrick Kindred 41 62% 1 assist (1 combined).
S Jabrill Peppers 36 55% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 1 TFL.
  • Through two games, we can definitely say that FS Damarious Randall was the most underrated addition of the offseason. He has a nose for the football, and despite often playing the deep role, is showing better instincts than SS Jabrill Peppers did in that role a year ago.
  • Derrick Kindred played 62% of the snaps, while Peppers was in for 55% of the snaps. Kindred was flagged for illegal contact in the fourth quarter, a ticky tack play that you’d like to see the officials not reach into their pocket on. Peppers was the Browns’ highest-graded defender in Week 2 with a grade of 74.7