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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 1

Larry Ogunjobi thrives against the Ravens, but the safeties get torched.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 11 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Defensive Line

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Myles Garrett 48 81% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 FR.
Olivier Vernon 42 71% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
Sheldon Richardson 36 61% 1 assist (1 combined).
Larry Ogunjobi 32 54% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 TFL. 1 FF.
Adrian Clayborn 32 54% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH.
Jordan Elliott 26 44% No stats registered.
Vincent Taylor 12 20% 2 tackles (2 combined).
Porter Gustin 11 19% 1 assist (1 combined).
  • How is this for a great performance in a contract year? Larry Ogunjobi had a monster performance and was the highest-graded defender in the NFL for Week 1:
  • I liked what I saw from DE Adrian Clayborn from a pass-rushing perspective. His impact will be even more evident against less mobile quarterbacks.
  • Although Myles Garrett had one notable drive, it was too quiet of a performance for a guy who is one of the highest-paid defenders in NFL history. Remember, every week, the bar should be extremely high for him.

Linebacker

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Sione Takitaki 54 92% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined). 1 QH.
B.J. Goodson 49 83% 5 tackles, 4 assists (9 combined).
Malcolm Smith 19 32% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 TFL.
Jacob Phillips 12 20% 1 tackle (1 combined).
Tae Davis 10 17% No stats registered.
  • I thought Sione Takitaki played an OK game, and it’s hard to judge any of the linebackers too harshly right now, especially after facing a guy like Lamar Jackson in Week 1. It hurt that rookie Jacob Phillips left with an injury early on.

Cornerback

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Denzel Ward 59 100% 3 tackles (3 combined).
Terrance Mitchell 59 100% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
Tavierre Thomas 28 47% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
  • The Browns sorely missed having a reliable nickelback against the Ravens. Tavierre Thomas played half the game, and he didn’t look the part, which makes sense given that his role is usually on special teams. I was surprised that the team had M.J. Stewart active, but did not have him as the nickelback over Thomas. Thomas did have a sack off of a blitz.
  • Denzel Ward and Terrance Mitchell didn’t seem to be targeted too much, which was to be expected.

Safety

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Andrew Sendejo 59 100% 4 tackles (4 combined).
Karl Joseph 59 100% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
Ronnie Harrison 2 3% No stats registered.
  • I was not happy with the Browns’ safety play. With Grant Delpit out for the year, I wasn’t surprised to see Cleveland go with veteran Andrew Sendejo for experience, but I hope he is used in more of a reserve role in the future.
  • Sheldrick Redwine showed a lot of potential at the end of last season, and to see him get zero snaps at safety, knowing that Sendejo and Karl Joseph are not exceptional players, was discouraging. Cleveland’s defense allowed tight end Mark Andrews to beat them twice for touchdowns.
  • Ronnie Harrison saw 2 snaps, but his usage should see an uptick soon too.