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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 10

Ronnie Harrison is the Browns’ top graded defender, and Myles Garrett makes his presence known against Houston.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 10 game against the Houston Texans.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 46 81% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined). 0.5 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Olivier Vernon 45 79% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Larry Ogunjobi 36 63% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH.
DL Sheldon Richardson 35 61% 2 tackles, 4 assists (6 combined). 1 sack, 2 QH.
DL Adrian Clayborn 23 40% No stats registered.
DL Jordan Elliott 18 32% No stats registered.
DL Porter Gustin 11 19% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Vincent Taylor 9 16% 1 assist (1 combined).
  • I thought the Browns’ defense, particularly the defensive line, did a great job throughout the game of containing Deshaun Watson. Myles Garrett was also key, forcing a fourth down stop on a quarterback draw at the goal line, chasing Watson with his speed to the sideline on another play, and registering a sack on the opening drive of the game.
  • Larry Ogunjobi picked up his first sack of the season. Sheldon Richardson also notched two hits on the quarterback. The Browns had a good balance of their eight defensive linemen getting snaps.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB B.J. Goodson 57 100% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined).
LB Mack Wilson 31 54% 2 tackles (2 combined).
LB Malcolm Smith 27 47% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
LB Sione Takitaki 17 30% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • B.J. Goodson led the Browns in tackles with seven.
  • Mack Wilson seemed to be a bit more active coming out of the bye week, which Cleveland needs from him. Dumping a defender like he did into the ground for a 15-yard penalty wasn’t the best idea, but hopefully he can channel that aggression in other ways that benefits the team.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Denzel Ward 57 100% 5 tackles (5 combined).
CB Terrance Mitchell 57 100% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 TFL.
CB Kevin Johnson 39 68% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
  • The cornerbacks weren’t too involved because of the game conditions, but it was good that there weren’t any lapses. Watson did complete a miracle throw in the fourth quarter that helped extend the drive and eventually lead to the Texans’ only touchdown of the game.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Ronnie Harrison 57 100% 6 tackles (6 combined). 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
S Andrew Sendejo 45 79% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
S Sheldrick Redwine 17 30% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • Ronnie Harrison was the Browns’ highest-graded defender with a grade of 77.6. He continues to perform week in and week out, so it is a relief that defensive coordinator Joe Woods saw that and has kept him as the starting strong safety over Karl Joseph. Joseph only played on special teams against the Texans.
  • Andrew Sendejo actually got trucked by Duke Johnson. The starting free safety only played 79% of the snaps, with Sheldrick Redwine seeing some action as well — meaning there were plays in which the Browns had 3 safeties on the field.