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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 16

Cleveland’s defense was a mix of some good, but then lots of bad with blown coverages in the secondary.

Cleveland Browns v New York Jets Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 16 game against the New York Jets.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Olivier Vernon 69 100% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH.
DL Myles Garrett 58 84% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH, 1 pass defended.
DL Larry Ogunjobi 44 64% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).
DL Sheldon Richardson 63 91% 3 tackles, 7 assists (10 combined). 2 blocked FGs.
DL Adrian Clayborn 18 26% 1 QH.
DL Jordan Elliott 12 17% 2 assists (2 combined).
DL Vincent Taylor 10 14% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Porter Gustin 5 7% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
  • Myles Garrett tried his darndest to be a game-changer in this one. He had an early sack that ended a drive, and he got enough pressure on Sam Darnold on the Jets’ final scoring drive to give Cleveland’s offense one more shot to try tying it. The big play that Garrett should have had was the forced fumble that would’ve been a scoop-and-score touchdown by Malcolm Smith. However, the officials blew the play dead and called it a forward pass. Stunningly, even after looking at replay review, the officials let the ruling on the field stand. What the heck! That could have been a game-changing play — it could’ve made it a 13-10 game, and who knows, maybe Cleveland re-gains the momentum the rest of the way.
  • Olivier Vernon had a great game again, and Sheldon Richardson came up big with 10 tackles and 2 blocked field goals — one on an extra point, and one on a regular field goal. Vernon was the Browns’ highest-graded defender by PFF with a grade of 88.0.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Malcolm Smith 67 97% 3 tackles, 6 assists (9 combined).
LB Sione Takitaki 50 72% 3 tackles, 4 assists (7 combined).
LB Mack Wilson 32 46% 1 tackle, 4 assists (5 combined).
LB Elijah Lee 3 4% No stats registered.
LB Tae Davis 2 3% No stats registered.
  • With B.J. Goodson out, the Browns utilized Malcolm Smith as an everydown linebacker. Sione Takitaki also played a much higher percentage of the game than he typically would.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Denzel Ward 69 100% 2 tackles (2 combined). 2 passes defended.
CB Terrance Mitchell 69 100% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 passes defended.
CB Kevin Johnson 47 68% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • Denzel Ward had two pass breakups, but after the game, he tried taking responsibility for some of the Browns’ blown coverages against the Jets.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Karl Joseph 69 100% 2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined).
S Andrew Sendejo 60 87% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
S Sheldrick Redwine 12 17% 2 tackles (2 combined).
  • Ohhhh, boy. After Karl Joseph had his best game of the season last week, I think he had his worst game this week. Dammit, if only Ronnie Harrison would’ve been available to return this week. Hopefully Harrison can play next week.
  • Andrew Sendejo had a good game in his return, almost making an interception and also making a nice open field third down tackle.