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

Cleveland didn’t have many long-sustaining drives, but they capitalized on all of Washington’s mistakes.

Washington Football Team v Cleveland Browns Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

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

Quarterback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Baker Mayfield 63 100% 16-of-23 (69.6%) for 154 yards, 2 TD. 1 rush, 1 yard.
  • This is the formula. Not every week, but for games like the past two weeks — where Cleveland has a clear advantage on the ground, or where you’re facing a team with a great pass rush — this is the type of final stat line we need to see from Baker Mayfield.
  • This was the first time since Week 10 of the 2019 season that Mayfield did not throw an interception. Also, Mayfield completed 69.5% of his passes for the second week in a row. While it was common for Mayfield to have a high completion percentage as a rookie in 2018, only twice in 2019 did he have a better completion percentage than he’s has the past two weeks. Kevin Stefanski knows how to use him, and that’s going to get Mayfield more comfortable for when he can sling the ball around a bit more — like next Sunday against the worst-ranked Cowboys pass defense.
  • The two big no-nos for Mayfield were in the third quarter. First, for the second game in a row, he had a play in which he scrambled to his right, and just held onto the ball so long that instead of throwing the ball out of bounds, he took an intentional ground penalty because he couldn’t get the ball past the line of scrimmage. He also took a sack on another drive in the third quarter. Both drives helped give Washington good field position, and they scored touchdowns on each of them. If Cleveland would’ve went three-and-out, it would’ve been much better. Mayfield knew it after the game too, and it’s a good thing that he thinks about those things, as I’m sure the coaching staff will work on too:

I could have played way better. I could have gotten the ball out and saved a couple of those sacks. The protection was great. I could have re-IDed the play where the intentional grounding happened and the first play coming out where I got sacked. Some things that I can be a lot better on.

Running Back

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Nick Chubb 34 54% 19 carries, 108 yards (5.7 YPC). 2 TD. 1 catch, 2 yards (1 target).
RB Kareem Hunt 29 46% 16 carries, 46 yards (2.9 YPC). 2 catches, 18 yards (3 targets). 1 TD.
FB Andy Janovich 17 27% 1 catch, 13 yards (1 target).
  • Nick Chubb is a national treasure. The way he runs is awe-inspiring, and he had two more touchdown runs against Washington. There were a lot of highlights for him on the day, but I’ll include this one because of the breakdown:
  • Chubb played 54% of the snaps while Hunt played the other 46%. I thought it would be difficult for a head coach to manage the utilization of both backs and get the best out of both players, but the usage that Stefanski has deployed has been perfect. The craziest thing of all is that Cleveland has not even started to use the screen game for their backs — I don’t know how much Stefanski likes utilizing that, but you have to imagine he’ll dial it up at some point.
  • Andy Janovich played 17 snaps (27%) this week.

Wide Receiver

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Odell Beckham 51 81% 4 catches, 59 yards (6 targets).
WR Jarvis Landry 45 71% 4 catches, 36 yards (4 targets).
WR KhaDarel Hodge 35 56% 0 catches (1 target).
WR JoJo Natson 4 6% 1 carry, 3 yards (3.0 YPC).
  • The receivers didn’t have big games, but there was one really big positive: Baker Mayfield hit Odell Beckham on 4 passes, and each of them simply involved good throws, and Beckham catching them securely, most of the time for key first downs. His catch at the end of the third quarter for a first down helped get Cleveland out of their funk.
  • Rashard Higgins was a healthy scratch, as Cleveland only had four receivers active. During the game, JoJo Natson suffered a torn ACL, which meant the Browns were down to just three active wide receivers. KhaDharel Hodge is still seeing a lot of snaps, but if he’s just needed to block, he’s happy to keep doing that:

Tight End

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE Austin Hooper 54 86% 3 catches, 25 yards (4 targets).
TE Harrison Bryant 40 63% 1 catch, 3 yards (2 targets). 1 TD.
TE Stephen Carlson 6 10% No stats registered.
  • One thing is clear: Austin Hooper is not going to be a huge part of the Browns’ offense in the passing game. Through 3 games, he has just 7 catches for 62 yards. At some point, we may have a discussion on whether the type of contract he was given was worth it, for the sake of having someone reliable when he is called upon. I’m sure he’ll have his bigger games this season, though.
  • Harrison Bryant caught his first touchdown pass in the NFL. It was nice to see that, after Mayfield was picked off targeting him a week ago. Bryant has been getting a lot of work in as a run blocker, and doing it more effectively than fans could have anticipated.

Offensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Jedrick Wills Jr. 63 100%
OL Joel Bitonio 63 100%
OL JC Tretter 63 100%
OL Wyatt Teller 63 100%
OL Jack Conklin 63 100%
  • Mayfield was sacked twice and took five quarterback hits against Washington.
  • Joel Bitonio was the highest-graded player on offense, according to Pro Football Focus, with a grade of 80.1. Wyatt Teller continues to impress at right guard — I am blown away with how the guy has transformed himself into an above average guard.
  • Per PFF, Jedrick Wills wasn’t a negative, which is a plus for a rookie. He did have two early false starts, which you don’t like to see, especially in your home stadium of just 6,000 fans:

Wills played well enough again to not stand out as a big negative following his move to the left side. For a rookie offensive linemen, that’s often all you need to see. He did get beat several times in pass protection, but it was a solid overall performance for the Alabama product against a talented Washington defensive line.