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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 3

Cleveland shuts down the Bears in historic fashion.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears.

Defensive Line

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Jadeveon Clowney 39 87% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 5 QH.
DL Myles Garrett 37 82% 6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined). 4.5 sacks, 4 TFL, 6 QH.
DL Malik Jackson 37 82% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH.
DL Malik McDowell 30 67% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Takk McKinley 19 42% 2 assists (2 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 QH.
DL Jordan Elliott 12 27% No stats registered.
DL Joe Jackson 6 13% No stats registered.
  • Myles Garrett set a franchise record with 4.5 sacks against Justin Fields. Jadeveon Clowney added two sacks himself, and together, the duo had 11 hits on Fields. PFF logged Garrett with 8 pressures and Clowney with 6 pressures. Garrett received a grade of 90.0 for the game.
  • The Browns’ defense definitely deserves credit for the effort they put forth against the Bears. At the same time, it’s also worth acknowledging how bad of a coach Matt Nagy is for the Bears if that’s the gameplan he came up with for his offense. Where were the chips on Garrett?
  • Malik Jackson nearly had an interception off of a tipped pass behind him.

Linebacker

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Malcolm Smith 30 67% 2 assists (2 combined). 1 pass defended.
LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah 23 51% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 0.5 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 2 passes defended.
LB Elijah Lee 15 33% 1 tackle (1 combined).
LB Mack Wilson 12 27% No stats registered.
  • With Sione Takitaki out, rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah flourished, even though he only had 23 snaps. He was all over the field and had an explosive 93.9 grade from PFF, which might have been tops in the NFL this week. JOK did it all — getting a sack, breaking up passes, and stopping the run.
  • Malcolm Smith also graded well for the second week in a row, registering an 80.0 grade from PFF. Will Anthony Walker get his starting job back when he comes off IR?
  • Mack Wilson only played 12 snaps this week, which comes out to 27%.

Cornerback

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Denzel Ward 45 100% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Troy Hill 38 84% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
CB Greg Newsome 37 82% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Greedy Williams 8 18% 1 pass defended.
  • PFF credited the Browns’ secondary for their coverage and drastically limiting the Bears’ attempts to throw the ball. Rookie Greg Newsome had a pass breakup, but did have to leave the game early with a calf injury.
  • Troy Hill received a grade of 83.8, the third-highest on defense by PFF.

Safety

Pos Player Plays % Stats
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S John Johnson 45 100% 1 assist (1 combined).
S Ronnie Harrison 45 100% 2 tackles (2 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
S Grant Delpit 17 38% 1 assist (1 combined).
  • The Bears couldn’t even get past the line of scrimmage, so it’s not a surprise that safety John Johnson III hardly showed up on the stat sheet. He should’ve had an interception late in the game, but the official threw a flag on him and called pass interference.
  • Ronnie Harrison played aggressive in the later stages of the game and notched a pass breakup and a sack. Harrison received a PFF grade of 79.8.