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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 13

Olivier Vernon plays every snap without a stat, and Myles Garrett & Malcolm Smith have big days on defense.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 13 game against the Tennessee Titans.

Defensive Line

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Olivier Vernon 72 100% No stats registered.
Sheldon Richardson 54 75% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 QH, 1 FF.
Myles Garrett 52 72% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
Larry Ogunjobi 43 60% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
Adrian Clayborn 40 56% No stats registered.
Jordan Elliott 23 32% 1 tackle (1 combined).
Vincent Taylor 13 18% No stats registered.
  • Despite playing 100% of the snaps, Olivier Vernon did not get on the sack sheet. It never fails — when Myles Garrett is back, you don’t see a flashy day from Vernon.
  • Garrett was given some breathers, but still played 72% of the snaps. He received a grade of 90.4 from PFF and registered one sack, but his pressure led to a sack for one of his teammates. His grade is the highest among edge defenders in the NFL for Week 13.
  • It was a solid game for Sheldon Richardson (79.7), who seems to be picking it up as the season goes along, just like last year. Larry Ogunjobi notched a sack.

Linebacker

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
B.J. Goodson 54 75% 3 tackles, 3 assists (6 combined). 1 pass defended.
Malcolm Smith 36 50% 3 tackles, 4 assists (7 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 FF.
Mack Wilson 29 40% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined). 1 TFL.
Sione Takitaki 25 35% 2 tackles (2 combined).
Jacob Phillips 18 25% 2 assists (2 combined).
Tae Davis 5 7% 1 pass defended.
  • How about the game that Malcolm Smith had? He had 7 tackles, 1 sack, and forced a fumble. That helped lead to him receiving a team-high defensive grade of 91.4.
  • B.J. Goodson, on the other hand, only graded out to a 45.1 after we were recently singing his praises.
  • Mack Wilson departed the game early with a concussion. Sione Takitaki returned to his role from the COVID list and played 35% of the snaps, while rookie Jacob Phillips was at 25% of the snaps. Tae Davis also saw a few reps at linebacker.

Cornerback

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Terrance Mitchell 71 99% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 FF.
Kevin Johnson 71 99% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 QH, 1 pass defended, 1 FR.
M.J. Stewart 39 54% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 INT, 2 passes defended.
Tavierre Thomas 4 6% No stats registered.
  • Terrance Mitchell forced a fumble on A.J. Brown as he was heading into the end zone, but the Titans ultimately still recovered it for a touchdown. Mitchell only graded out to a 47.8 from PFF.
  • M.J. Stewart had an interception off of a deflection on one play at the end of the third quarter. Stewart was the clear nickelback against the Titans, playing 54% of the snaps to only 6% for Tavierre Thomas.
  • Kevin Johnson had a defenseless receiver penalty called on him, which negated an interception by Andrew Sendejo.

Safety

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Andrew Sendejo 72 100% 7 tackles, 1 assist (8 combined).
Karl Joseph 42 58% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 FR.
Sheldrick Redwine 29 40% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • Andrew Sendejo played the whole game, and on a few plays actually did a good job tackling Derrick Henry by his legs. If only he adapt that technique against other running backs as opposed to flying in like a missile every time.
  • Sheldrick Redwine played 40% of the snaps while Karl Joseph played 58% of the snaps.