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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 4

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Joe Schobert has 17 tackles, but Jermaine Whitehead was the defensive star, having a hand in three Raven turnovers.

Cleveland Browns v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 48 70% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Larry Ogunjobi 48 70% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Oliver Vernon 47 68% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH.
DL Sheldon Richardson 41 59% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined).
DL Devaroe Lawrence 29 42% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 INT, 1 pass defended.
DL Chris Smith 24 35% No stats registered.
DL Daniel Ekuale 21 30% No stats registered.
DL Chad Thomas 20 29% 1 fumble recovery.
  • It was a quiet day for Myles Garrett, who was a tackle away from being a “no stats registered” on the day, and I don’t recall many hurries by him. Here is what PFF said about him:

Garrett divided his time between the left and right side of the line, but whether facing Ronnie Stanley or Orlando Brown Jr., he had very little success as a pass-rusher. He recorded a single tackle as a run defender, but his performance was otherwise entirely forgettable.

  • Olivier Vernon registered his first sack as a member of the Browns. Larry Ogunjobi has quietly worked his way up to three sacks this season.
  • With Chris Smith back in the lineup as a rotational player, gone once again were snaps for Genard Avery, who was inactive. Devaroe Lawrence hasn’t been lighting it up like he was in the preseason, but the big man tipped a pass and intercepted it. Chad Thomas made his biggest contribution since joining the Browns by alertly jumping on a fumble by Mark Ingram.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Joe Schobert 69 100% 9 tackles, 8 assists (17 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH.
LB Mack Wilson 69 100% 3 tackles, 4 assists (7 combined). 1 pass defended.
LB Adarius Taylor 1 1% No stats registered.
  • This wouldn’t qualify as the best game for Joe Schobert, even though he had a season-high 17 tackles in one game. A lot of that action was downfield, and his sack came in garbage time. None of that is meant to discredit Schobert, who is a key part of our defense.
  • Adarius Taylor worked in one snap somewhere, per the stat sheet. Not sure if I believe it or not.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB T.J. Carrie 68 99% 7 tackles (7 combined).
CB Terrance Mitchell 68 99% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
CB Juston Burris 10 14% No stats registered.
  • For all the complaints that I had about T.J. Carrie a year ago, I have to continue giving kudos to both he and Terrance Mitchell, who for the second game in a row did an admirable job as the team’s two starting cornerbacks.
  • With Damarious Randall back at safety, Juston Burris reps were cut to 10 snaps after playing the entire game last week.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Jermaine Whitehead 69 100% 7 tackles, 1 assist (8 combined). 1 INT, 1 pass defended, 1 FF.
S Damarious Randall 69 100% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
S Eric Murray 58 84% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
  • What a game for Jermaine Whitehead. A lot of fans were calling for him to just be cut already. I was petitioning that Burris should get a look this week instead of Whitehead. And now, Whitehead is making us eat crow. He forced the Ravens’ first fumble of the year, then made a great leaping interception in the end zone, and caused the pressure on Lamar Jackson’s other interception.
  • It felt good to have Damarious Randall back in the fold, as he immediately played every snap. Cleveland even had him in the box for a play, and he blitzed to miss, but then come back and still bring Jackson down for a sack.