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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Preseason game 1

JOK shines in his preseason debut with the Browns.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Curtis Weaver 40 60% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Tommy Togiai 38 57% No stats registered.
DL Jordan Elliott 36 54% 1 assist (1 combined).
DL Joe Jackson 34 51% 2 tackles (2 combined).
DL Cameron Malveaux 28 42% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Marvin Wilson 26 39% No stats registered.
DL Romeo McKnight 22 33% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Sheldon Day 13 19% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 FF.
DL Andrew Billings 11 16% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Porter Gustin 10 15% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Damion Square 9 13% No stats registered.
  • It’s a little hard for me to assess the defensive line in a preseason game, but I saw a few analysts on Twitter frowning on the performance of Andrew Billings against the run.
  • Tommy Togiai didn’t log any stats, but he was in coverage on one play, forcing the quarterback to throw the ball to the dirt instead of the running back.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah 47 70% 7 tackles, 1 assist (8 combined). 1 sack, 3 TFL, 1 QH.
LB Elijah Lee 41 61% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined).
LB Jacob Phillips 23 34% 1 assist (1 combined).
LB Sione Takitaki 18 27% 2 tackles (2 combined).
LB Malcolm Smith 11 16% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
LB Mack Wilson 4 6% No stats registered.
  • They are catching the rookie up fast. Some of his extended playing time may have been due to the early injury to LB Mack Wilson, but JOK dazzled in his first preseason action. Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see how he does against regular season action, but you love to see the speed and finishing ability he brings to the table. If you’re defensive coordinator Joe Woods, you absolutely have to find a role for JOK on defense, even if it’s just based on this one performance, for his playmaking ability.

JOK earned an impressive 78.1 PFF grade across 47 defensive snaps (36 in the box) against Jacksonville. He showed great sideline-to-sideline speed and totaled a whopping seven defensive stops, including an impressive tackle at the line of scrimmage on a late fourth-quarter screen pass.

  • Out of all the units, this was the closest group to seeing the “starters” so-to-speak. I expect a lot of these guys to work into the rotation, much like a year ago.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Robert Jackson 45 67% 6 tackles (6 combined).
CB Kiondre Thomas 36 54% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined).
CB A.J. Green 31 46% 1 assist (1 combined). 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery.
CB Brian Allen 22 33% No stats registered.
CB Emmanuel Rugamba 22 33% 2 tackles (2 combined).
CB Greedy Williams 18 27% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Greg Newsome 18 27% 2 tackles (2 combined).
  • A.J. Green received a grade of 79.6. Cleveland may have gotten deeper in the secondary this year, but they’ll have to find a way to stash Green on the roster.
  • All I’ll say right now is that I’m glad Greedy Williams is back and getting some more experience. He hasn’t seen a lot of game action, so I’m not trying to knock him too much. However, I will say that he needs to start doing a little more than just being in the area or having close coverage when quarterbacks throw his way — he needs to come up with some stops.
  • Greg Newsome also made his debut and allowed a catch on an extended play, although he showed his ballhawking nature by trying to rip the ball for an interception. The officials awarded possession to the offense.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Jovante Moffatt 51 76% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).
S Elijah Benton 46 69% 1 assist (1 combined).
S Richard LeCounte 37 55% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 QH, 1 INT, 2 passes defended.
  • Richard LeCounte had a grade of 90.4, the highest on defense in his 37 snaps. He had the interception to end of the half (which is somewhat of a cheap stat), but he also nearly had an interception earlier in the half and made a good impression to warrant a further look at a time when other safeties were out to injury or resting.