|DL||Myles Garrett||50||77%||2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 3 QH.|
|DL||Jadeveon Clowney||50||77%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 TFL.|
|DL||Malik McDowell||45||69%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 TFL.|
|DL||Malik Jackson||43||66%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 QH, 1 pass defended.|
|DL||Jordan Elliott||27||42%||1 QH.|
|DL||Takk McKinley||24||37%||2 tackles (2 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH.|
|DL||Andrew Billings||11||17%||No stats registered.|
|DL||Joe Jackson||10||15%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH.|
- I know fans want to see Myles Garrett rack up sack after sack each week, but the Chiefs aren’t dumb and they gameplan for those things. Still, you like to see at least one really high-impact play from Garrett, and that came near the end of the game when he sacked QB Patrick Mahomes to give the offense one more shot at a comeback.
- Jadeveon Clowney made a nice play to stop WR Tyreek Hill around the edge for a big loss. He and Garrett each played 77% of the snaps.
- The Browns went through with starting DT Malik McDowell over DT Andrew Billings, and McDowell proceeded to crush his lineman on the first play of the game to force a tackle for a loss on the running back. McDowell received a defensive grade of 82.7 from PFF, which is great considering this was the first NFL game he’s ever played in.
- I liked what I saw from DT Malik Jackson too. He helped against the run, got a hurt on Mahomes, and also knocked a pass down.
|LB||Anthony Walker||62||95%||8 tackles, 2 assists (10 combined).|
|LB||Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah||25||38%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).|
|LB||Sione Takitaki||22||34%||1 assist (1 combined).|
|LB||Mack Wilson||22||34%||2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).|
|LB||Malcolm Smith||17||26%||1 assist (1 combined).|
- The linebacker play in Week 1 was very mediocre. They’ll look better as the competition gets weaker, but it was just like last year: they are kind of “there,” but not making much of an impact.
- PFF liked the sound play that LB Anthony Walker and LB Mack Wilson displayed against the run, but pointed out that they both struggled to cover the Chiefs’ top two weapons in the middle of the field — that’s why WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce were always so open. Walker graded to a 59.6 from PFF, while Wilsn graded to a 40.5.
- I was hoping to see some more snaps from rookie LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, who was in for 38% of the plays. He actually was the team’s top-graded linebacker with a 69.5, although I felt like he was a little lost on some plays where he was asked to bring pressure. We’ll see if JOK receives more playing time as the season goes on, or if they play to stick with the rotational percentage of reps.
|CB||Greg Newsome||63||97%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
|CB||Denzel Ward||63||97%||4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|CB||Troy Hill||43||66%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).|
|CB||Greedy Williams||8||12%||1 tackle (1 combined).|
- It was an average day for CB Denzel Ward and CB Greg Newsome; it didn’t seem like Newsome played too much, even though I knew he was out there.
- CB Greedy Williams played just 8 snaps, but PFF gave him terrible grade while he was in the game. Hopefully this unit, with CB Troy Hill included, can relax but play confidently against their next opponent.
|S||John Johnson||60||92%||4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 pass defended.|
|S||M.J. Stewart||60||92%||3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined).|
|S||Richard LeCounte||5||8%||No stats registered.|
|S||Ronnie Harrison||5||8%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).|
- Even though I don’t particularly blame S John Johnson for the 75-yard touchdown that the team gave up, it still stings a bit to think about our big defensive free agent signing not coming through in such a big moment.
- After the ejection to S Ronnie Harrison, Cleveland went ahead and filled the position with converted-cornerback M.J. Stewart instead of rookie Richard LeCounte. Stewart did a fair job, but hopefully Harrison can return to action this week without further consequence.