|DL||Jadeveon Clowney||53||71%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 QH.|
|DL||Myles Garrett||50||67%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1.5 sacks, 1 TFL, 3 QH.|
|DL||Malik McDowell||42||56%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 QH.|
|DL||Jordan Elliott||38||51%||3 assists (3 combined). 1 QH.|
|DL||Sheldon Day||36||48%||2 assists (2 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH.|
|DL||Malik Jackson||35||47%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Ifeadi Odenigbo||33||44%||2 tackles (2 combined). 1 QH.|
|DL||Takk McKinley||12||16%||No stats registered.|
- Myles Garrett’s consistency has been profound this season. Garrett had 1.5 more sacks (one was taken away due to a penalty) and five pressures.
- On the playing time front, it was interesting to see that Jordan Elliott and Sheldon Day received a bump in playing time, seeing more snaps than veteran Malik Jackson. I don’t know if that was a concerted effort to build the rotation up a bit more, or a coaching decision to move Jackson back a bit. Jackson still officially got the start alongside Malik McDowell.
|LB||Anthony Walker||62||83%||12 tackles, 2 assists (14 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.|
|LB||Malcolm Smith||41||55%||1 pass defended.|
|LB||Sione Takitaki||29||39%||3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).|
|LB||Mack Wilson||13||17%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).|
|LB||Elijah Lee||13||17%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).|
- Anthony Walker was credited with a sack in the post-game books, taking one of the sacks away from Troy Hill. Walker finished with a season-high 14 tackles.
- Malcolm Smith allowed four catches, per PFF, but had a solid grade in run defense.
- The linebacker group played OK this week, but everyone is itching to get Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah back. JOK is the second-highest graded Browns defender by PFF this season.
|CB||Greg Newsome||75||100%||5 tackles (5 combined). 2 passes defended.|
|CB||Denzel Ward||63||84%||2 tackles (2 combined). 1 INT, 3 passes defended.|
|CB||Troy Hill||62||83%||7 tackles (7 combined). 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 3 QH.|
|CB||A.J. Green||7||9%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended, 1 FR.|
|CB||Greedy Williams||5||7%||No stats registered.|
- Denzel Ward graded out to a 93.1 against the Bengals, and it felt like a blast from the past. Ward hasn’t been a bad cornerback over the past couple of years, but between his injuries and performances in general, he didn’t seem like a game-changer any more. That wasn’t the case against Cincinnati, where he had a pick six and also batted another ball that led to an interception. Ja’Marr Chase also almost beat Ward on a few plays, but the rookie receiver had a bad day and couldn’t hang on.
- Troy Hill came through on his timely blitzes, as suddenly it seemed like the Browns’ free agent additions in the secondary found their groove.
- Greedy Williams suffered an early shoulder injury and did not return. A.J. Green saw a couple of reps and broke up one pass and also recovered a fumble.
|S||John Johnson||75||100%||3 tackles (3 combined). 1 INT, 1 pass defended, 1 FF.|
|S||Ronnie Harrison||63||84%||2 assists (2 combined).|
|S||Grant Delpit||18||24%||3 tackles (3 combined).|
- John Johnson III graded out to an 85.8 by PFF, and suddenly over these past couple of weeks we’re seeing the type of big-play, turnover-generating ability that made him a coveted free agent acquisition from the Rams.