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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 5

Cleveland gets two interceptions from the safeties we’ve been begging to see playing time from.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 53 93% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 4 QH.
DL Olivier Vernon 48 86% 1 assist (1 combined). 1 QH.
DL Sheldon Richardson 47 84% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
DL Vincent Taylor 31 55% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Adrian Clayborn 21 38% No stats registered.
DL Porter Gustin 15 27% No stats registered.
DL Jordan Elliott 9 16% No stats registered.
  • For once, Myles Garrett wasn’t the Browns’ highest-graded defender by PFF. However, his impact on the game was still profound, as he registered a sack and had four hits on Philip Rivers. Even though the Colts were missing their left tackle, I was stunned with how often Rivers was being hit or hanging onto the ball — it was a pretty disappointing performance for him (while also being a big credit to Garrett).
  • Per PFF, Garrett had five of the Browns’ 11 total pressures. Olivier Vernon had a disruption on Rivers.
  • The Browns were thin at defensive tackle later in the game as Sheldon Richardson was banged up and Jordan Elliott had to leave early. Vincent Taylor ended up playing 55% of the snaps.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB B.J. Goodson 47 84% 3 tackles, 6 assists (9 combined).
LB Malcolm Smith 37 66% 5 tackles (5 combined). 1 pass defended.
LB Mack Wilson 19 34% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
LB Sione Takitaki 15 27% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
LB Jacob Phillips 9 16% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • Mack Wilson still only played 34% of the snaps.
  • Malcolm Smith flashed on a couple of plays. As I said heading into the game, it’s nice to see some of the linebackers starting to show up with a key play here and there.
  • B.J. Goodson led the Browns with 9 tackles. Through 5 games, he leads the team with 36 tackles.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Denzel Ward 56 100% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Terrance Mitchell 56 100% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Kevin Johnson 41 73% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
CB M.J. Stewart 1 2% No stats registered.
  • I thought the Browns’ outside cornerbacks, Denzel Ward and Terrance Mitchell, continued doing a solid job in coverage, as more responsibility is being put on them to play in isolation. They’ll be in those roles a lot too, as Greedy Williams is now on injured reserve.
  • I didn’t even know that Kevin Johnson was playing this week, so the biggest surprise of the snap count sheet for me was seeing that he finally became the nickelback this week. He played 73% of the snaps, and all of the playing time for Tavierre Thomas and M.J. Stewart went away.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Andrew Sendejo 56 100% 4 tackles (4 combined).
S Ronnie Harrison 37 66% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 INT, 2 passes defended.
S Sheldrick Redwine 19 34% 1 INT, 1 pass defended.
  • The Browns’ highest-graded defender this week was...(drumroll) Ronnie Harrison! PFF gave him a grade of 79.6, as he started in place of the injured Karl Joseph. Sadly, Harrison had to leave the game with a concussion. He almost had another interception earlier in the game, and had his hands on a ball last week too.
  • Sheldrick Redwine came in to replace Harrison and promptly came away with an interception. Things that make you slowly bob your head up and down...(the play of Harrison and Redwine).