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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 7

Myles Garrett continues his defensive player of the year bid.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 7 game against the Denver Broncos.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Jadeveon Clowney 39 78% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 0.5 sack, 2 QH.
DL Myles Garrett 33 66% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1.5 sacks, 1 QH.
DL Malik McDowell 32 64% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).
DL Malik Jackson 27 54% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 QH.
DL Takk McKinley 24 48% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Jordan Elliott 23 46% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
DL Joe Jackson 11 22% 1 QH.
DL Andrew Billings 11 22% No stats registered.
  • Circulating social media during and after the game have been pictures and videos of how often Myles Garrett was being held by Denver with no flag thrown. Still, Garrett managed 1.5 sacks. You may be wondering where one of the sacks came from — it was on a play where Garrett chased Bridgewater to the sideline and he ran out of bounds for no gain.
  • PFF praised the efforts of Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney again:

Myles Garrett was his usual dominant self. He and Jadeveon Clowney both recorded six total pressures, but Garrett more than doubled Clowney’s pass-rush win rate and earned a 90.0-plus PFF pass-rushing grade as a result.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Anthony Walker 50 100% 7 tackles, 3 assists (10 combined).
LB Malcolm Smith 25 50% 1 assist (1 combined).
LB Sione Takitaki 17 34% 2 assists (2 combined).
LB Mack Wilson 17 34% 4 tackles (4 combined).
  • Is it a coincidence that Malcolm Smith has received significant reps in all three of Cleveland’s good defensive performances this season? Besides returning from injury himself, he got the reps this week with rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah on IR.
  • Anthony Walker had the best game in a Browns uniform that I’ve seen from him, going based on the eye test.
  • Mack Wilson had 4 tackles despite only playing 17 snaps.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Greg Newsome 50 100% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Denzel Ward 39 78% 2 assists (2 combined).
CB Troy Hill 33 66% 2 tackles (2 combined).
CB Greedy Williams 11 22% 1 pass defended.
  • Greg Newsome played the entire game, and although he allowed the most yards (56), I don’t think his coverage was bad — Courtland Sutton especially made a nice early grab against him.
  • Denzel Ward left with a hamstring injury. He also had a shot at stopping a touchdown on third down, but couldn’t bring down the running back.
  • Troy Hill was the Browns’ second-highest graded defender with a grade of 80.2 from PFF.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S John Johnson 50 100% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 INT, 1 pass defended.
S Ronnie Harrison 29 58% 3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).
S Grant Delpit 29 58% 1 pass defended.
  • At last, the Browns got a big play that counted from John Johnson III, as he intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop Denver’s only threatening drive of the first half.
  • On the short week, Ronnie Harrison did not play the entire game like he usually does.