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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 8

The defense still played well enough to win.

NFL: OCT 31 Steelers 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 8 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Malik McDowell 58 78% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Jadeveon Clowney 55 74% 2 tackles (2 combined). 2 TFL.
DL Myles Garrett 55 74% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 2 QH.
DL Malik Jackson 50 68% 1 assist (1 combined). 1 QH.
DL Jordan Elliott 36 49% 1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
DL Joe Jackson 23 31% 2 assists (2 combined).
DL Andrew Billings 18 24% No stats registered.
DL Ifeadi Odenigbo 15 20% No stats registered.
  • Myles Garrett was the Browns’ highest-graded player on Sunday, grading out to a 92.9. There may be some questionable performances on the team this year, but Garrett has been going all out. From PFF:

Garrett had six pressures, three hurries and one sack in the game. Garrett finished with an impressive 44.8% pass-rush win rate and earned a 95.4 pass-rush grade, upon first review.

  • Jadeveon Clowney came up to make two tackles for a loss. Malik McDowell had a sack, and Jordan Elliott had a unique contribution when he drilled K Chris Boswell on a fake field goal, which led to a concussion for Boswell.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Anthony Walker 74 100% 2 tackles, 6 assists (8 combined). 1 pass defended.
LB Malcolm Smith 40 54% 9 tackles, 1 assist (10 combined). 1 pass defended.
LB Mack Wilson 30 41% 5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined).
LB Sione Takitaki 22 30% 3 tackles (3 combined).
  • Per PFF, Anthony Walker allowed 4 catches for 58 yards during the game, but was also the team’s highest-graded linebacker. Since the injury to JOK, this unit just hasn’t been giving the team enough of what they need.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Greedy Williams 73 99% 5 tackles (5 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Greg Newsome 68 92% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Troy Hill 44 59% 3 tackles, 3 assists (6 combined).
CB Tim Harris 2 3% No stats registered.
  • Although Greg Newsome allowed the long catch-and-run at the end that sealed the win for Pittsburgh, he played a great game, including a first-down saving tackle on the drive prior to that, which allowed the offense another crack at scoring.
  • Greedy Williams played some soft coverage early in the game on third down, but tightened things up later on.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Ronnie Harrison 72 97% 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined).
S Grant Delpit 50 68% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined).
S John Johnson 29 39% 1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined).
  • This was a rough game for Ronnie Harrison, who committed a bad late-hit penalty on one series, and then [despite great coverage] allowed the go-ahead touchdown pass to the tight end.
  • John Johnson exited early with an injury, and Grant Delpit ended up being the team’s second-highest graded defender by PFF (69.8).