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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 6

More lapses in the secondary cost the Browns.

NFL: OCT 17 Cardinals at Browns Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 6 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Jadeveon Clowney 58 77% 2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 2 QH.
DL Malik Jackson 54 72% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Myles Garrett 53 71% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Malik McDowell 46 61% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Takk McKinley 26 35% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Sheldon Day 22 29% 2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined).
DL Jordan Elliott 21 28% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Joe Jackson 13 17% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Ifeadi Odenigbo 7 9% No stats registered.
  • There were plenty of lapses on the defense against Arizona, but those lapses didn’t belong to Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney. They ranked as the top two defenders of the game, according to Pro Football Focus, grading out to a 84.4 and 86.0, respectively. Each of them had a sack, and they combined for eight pressures.
  • Sheldon Day made his debut and played 22 snaps, which is a bit more than I expected.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah 64 85% 5 tackles, 3 assists (8 combined). 1 pass defended.
LB Anthony Walker 59 79% 6 tackles, 3 assists (9 combined). 1 TFL, 1 pass defended.
LB Sione Takitaki 10 13% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL.
LB Mack Wilson 7 9% No stats registered.
LB Elijah Lee 7 9% No stats registered.
  • It was not the best day for Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. Now only is he on the shelf now with an ankle injury, but he missed 33% of his attempted tackles, per PFF. One of those was on the touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins, where JOK (along with Grant Delpit), had a shot at him but missed.
  • Anthony Walker finished with a game-high nine tackles for the Browns. The Browns played with three cornerbacks almost the entire game, so there wasn’t much playing time for the other linebackers.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Denzel Ward 75 100% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
CB Troy Hill 69 92% 6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined).
CB Greedy Williams 54 72% 5 tackles (5 combined).
CB Greg Newsome 21 28% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • Denzel Ward returned and played the entire game. He committed two pass interference penalties early on in the game, but only allowed 2 catches for 12 yards, per PFF, as he was not targeted very much.
  • Per PFF, “Greedy Williams, Troy Hill, and Ronnie Harrison each allowed a touchdown, with Williams conceding the most yards in coverage (79).”
  • Rookie Greg Newsome returned to action, but only played 21 snaps.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S John Johnson 75 100% 2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined).
S Ronnie Harrison 75 100% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
S Grant Delpit 9 12% 1 tackle (1 combined).
  • I remain disappointed with the performance of John Johnson III. Granted, it could really be a byproduct of defensive coordinator Joe Woods mucking things up, but Johnson has not been worth the signing through six games. It’s getting bad back there when I’m starting to think about the glory days of Andrew Sendejo.