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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and PFF notes: Week 17

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Cleveland’s defense gets shredded against the run in the season finale.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 66 86% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Emmanuel Ogbah 61 79% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 57 74% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 forced fumble.
DL Trevon Coley 41 53% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Brian Price 32 42% No stats registered.
DL Chris Smith 19 25% No stats registered.
DL Anthony Zettel 11 14% No stats registered.
  • The Browns’ defensive line wasn’t getting it done against the run (nor was the rest of the defense). Brian Price, Anthony Zettel, and Chris Smith didn’t come for any tackles.
  • DE Myles Garrett finished the season with 13.5 sacks after getting to Lamar Jackson once, when he beat his man out of his stance. Garrett was the third-highest graded defensive player by PFF, but only with a 69.5.
  • DT Larry Ogunjobi had a sack taken away by a roughing the passer penalty. It was a tough penalty to see called, because he pushed the pile back and his arms behind in the air while creating the push just basically bumped into Jackson’s head. He left briefly with a possible concussion, but was able to return.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Joe Schobert 77 100% 10 tackles, 3 assists (13 tackles).
LB Jamie Collins 77 100% 7 tackles, 2 assists (9 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
LB Genard Avery 30 39% No stats registered.
LB Ray Ray Armstrong 24 31% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 TFL
  • Joe Schobert finished with a team-high 13 tackles. Per PFF, there was some good and some bad with that. PFF say that Schobert and Jamie Collins “made seven and five run-stops respectively on Sunday,” but that they “combined for five missed tackles in the run game when no other Week 17 linebacker missed more than one.”
  • Ray-Ray Armstrong played 31% of the snaps and was the second-highest graded defender by PFF (71.2). Genard Avery didn’t get on the stat sheet in his final game of the season.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB T.J. Carrie 74 96% 5 tackles (5 combined).
CB Terrance Mitchell 70 91% 6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun 42 55% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined).
  • With Denzel Ward out, the Browns were back to starting T.J. Carrie on the outside with Briean Boddy-Calhoun in the slot. Carrie ended up grading out as the Browns’ highest-graded defender on the day (77.3).

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Damarious Randall 70 91% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
S Jabrill Peppers 66 86% 4 tackles, 3 assists (7 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 fumble recovery.
S Derrick Kindred 24 31% 2 tackles (2 combined).
S Jermaine Whitehead 6 8% 2 assists (2 combined).
  • It’s a shame that S Jabrill Peppers had a touchdown return taken away from him on Lamar Jackson’s goal line fumble. Imagine how much that play would’ve changed the game. Derrick Kindred’s utilization in the back half of the season stayed the same as Peppers became fully entrenched as the starter.
  • Jermaine Whitehead played six snaps at safety when Damarious Randall had to briefly exit the game for cramps.