|DL||Olivier Vernon||65||79%||3 tackles (3 combined). 1 TFL, 1 FR.|
|DL||Myles Garrett||60||73%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 FF.|
|DL||Sheldon Richardson||53||65%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).|
|DL||Porter Gustin||41||50%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Jordan Elliott||31||38%||1 assist (1 combined).|
|DL||Larry Ogunjobi||29||35%||2 assists (2 combined).|
|DL||Vincent Taylor||27||33%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 FR.|
|DL||Joe Jackson||21||26%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
- Olivier Vernon made his return to action. I thought he would be limited, but he ended up leading the Browns’ defensive linemen in snaps at 79%. According to ESPN, Vernon pressured Dak Prescott 8 times on 44 pass rushes (while Myles Garrett pressured Prescott 5 times on 46 pass rushes). However, according to PFF, Vernon graded much poorer with a grade of 53.6 and only had 2 pressures.
Olivier Vernon and Myles Garrett led a Browns pass rush that generated 23 total team pressures (37.7% pressure rate) on Dak Prescott.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 4, 2020
➤ 8 pressures on 44 pass rushes (18.2%)
➤ 5 pressures on 46 pass rushes (10.9%)#CLEvsDAL | #Browns
- Myles Garrett was the Browns’ highest-graded defender, per PFF, with a grade of 84.7. It’s the third straight week that he’s been the Browns’ top-graded defender. PFF says that Garrett had six of the Browns’ nine pressures on the day. When it comes to the eye test, there is no doubt that Garrett had the biggest impact on the game. The two sacks he generated helped cover up the defensive woes that were taken advantage of later in the game.
- Larry Ogunjobi left the game early with an oblique injury, and that seemed to contribute to the Browns’ defensive line depth issues as the game went along, including being gassed a bit. Sheldon Richardson was briefly banged up, but did return.
|LB||B.J. Goodson||64||78%||5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined).|
|LB||Malcolm Smith||39||48%||4 tackles (4 combined).|
|LB||Sione Takitaki||29||35%||1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined).|
|LB||Mack Wilson||27||33%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
|LB||Jacob Phillips||17||21%||2 tackles (2 combined). 1 pass defended.|
- Mack Wilson’s workload increased a little bit this week, up to 33% of the snaps. It still wasn’t enough for me to notice him in particular.
- Sione Takitaki and Jacob Phillips each had a chance at an interception this week, but couldn’t come away with it.
- Cleveland is choosing to go with its most veteran players, B.J. Goodson and Malcolm Smith, for the most playing time at linebacker. Four games in, the unit is pretty much who we thought they were. The key for the group has to be to drop into some of these passing lanes and try to force some tips — they’ll pay off eventually.
|CB||Denzel Ward||82||100%||4 tackles (4 combined). 1 INT, 2 passes defended.|
|CB||Terrance Mitchell||82||100%||11 tackles, 1 assist (12 combined).|
|CB||Tavierre Thomas||39||48%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).|
|CB||M.J. Stewart||30||37%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH.|
- To my surprise, Denzel Ward played every snap, so he should be good-to-go moving forward. Ward came away with the interception at the end to officially seal the game.
- Terrance Mitchell had some good moments early on in the game, but fell victim to some missed tackles later on.
- The biggest surprise of the game was that Kevin Johnson didn’t receive a single snap on defense. I know that Joe Woods indicated that he had some rust last week, but I didn’t think it would be enough to continue allowing Tavierre Thomas and M.J. Stewart to play over him.
- Greedy Williams could be close to returning to action; obviously he was still out this week.
|S||Andrew Sendejo||82||100%||1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined). 1 FF.|
|S||Karl Joseph||73||89%||4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined).|
|S||Ronnie Harrison||11||13%||1 pass defended.|
- Ronnie Harrison played 11 snaps and nearly came away with an interception.
- Andrew Sendejo keeps on going for the big hit, but hasn’t done a whole lot of good for the team. Again, I don’t mean to hate on the guy. In the right role, I think he can be a valuable rotational safety for us, just like he was in Minnesota when he was effective. But the Browns have to get someone else in to that starting role. Sendejo did have one key play, stripping Elliott of the ball after he landed on top of a defender.