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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 3

The Browns’ defense forced five turnovers against Washington.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 3 game against the Washington Football Team.

Defensive Line

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Porter Gustin 54 83% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
Myles Garrett 50 77% 4 tackles (4 combined). 2 sacks, 2 QH, 1 FF, 1 FR.
Sheldon Richardson 43 66% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
Larry Ogunjobi 41 63% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 TFL.
Jordan Elliott 23 35% 1 assist (1 combined).
Joe Jackson 19 29% 1 assist (1 combined).
Adrian Clayborn 16 25% No stats registered.
Vincent Taylor 15 23% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 TFL.
  • Porter Gustin played the most snaps among Browns defensive linemen (83%) with Olivier Vernon out and Adrian Clayborn limited (25%).
  • Myles Garrett had another high impact game. He was the Browns’ top-graded defender by PFF with a grade of 90.1. Garrett’s pressure directly led to three turnovers alone:
  • Cleveland’s defensive tackles continue to play well. Sheldon Richardson logged a sack, and Larry Ogunjobi had a big stuff in the run game for a loss of five yards.

Linebacker

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
B.J. Goodson 60 92% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 INT, 1 pass defended, 1 FR.
Sione Takitaki 41 63% 2 tackles, 4 assists (6 combined).
Malcolm Smith 26 40% 1 INT, 1 pass defended.
Mack Wilson 6 9% No stats registered.
  • This brought be back to the days of Cleveland’s linebackers coming out of no where to log interceptions against Peyton Manning — I’m talking about the likes of Ben Taylor and Kevin Bentley. On Sunday, it was B.J. Goodson and Malcolm Smith.
  • In his season debut, Mack Wilson played 6 snaps. Stefanski wanted he and CB Kevin Johnson to knock off some rest before the coaches ramp up their playing time:

Cornerback

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Terrance Mitchell 65 100% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 pass defended, 1 FF.
Kevin Johnson 38 58% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 FF.
Tavierre Thomas 30 46% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 TFL, 1 FR.
Denzel Ward 29 45% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 pass defended.
M.J. Stewart 22 34% 3 tackles (3 combined).
A.J. Green 1 2% No stats registered.
  • The Browns got one half of play out of Denzel Ward. He did not play the second half because his groin injury acting up, but he didn’t worsen it. The coaching staff will have to weigh his recovery vs. the amount of snaps he gets in the next couple of weeks. That could depend on how close someone like Greedy Williams is to returning to action.
  • Kevin Johnson appeared to be playing outside cornerback in relief of Ward, while Tavierre Thomas kept the nickel job this week. The biggest play this week for Thomas was recovering Karl Joseph’s fumble after an interception. Eventually, the objective is for Johnson to be the nickelback, though.
  • M.J. Stewart also played 22 snaps.

Safety

Player Plays % Stats
Player Plays % Stats
Andrew Sendejo 65 100% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined).
Karl Joseph 65 100% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined). 1 INT, 1 pass defended.
Ronnie Harrison 7 11% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • Karl Joseph had a big interception, although he could have turned right into a goat had Washington recovered his fumble. That interception set off a string of turnovers for Washington.
  • Andrew Sendejo has made some big hits, but they’re often after a big gain has already happened, and the good coverage grades he had in Minnesota last year are just not materializing. It is still surprising that Sendejo is seeing all the work over Ronnie Harrison and that Sheldrick Redwine is not playing any snaps on defense.