Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 18 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
|DL||Myles Garrett||68||93%||3 tackles, 4 assists (7 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 2 QH.|
|DL||Alex Wright||49||67%||3 assists (3 combined). 1 FR.|
|DL||Taven Bryan||48||66%||1 assist (1 combined).|
|DL||Jordan Elliott||47||64%||1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined). 2 passes defended.|
|DL||Chase Winovich||37||51%||3 tackles, 2 assists (5 combined).|
|DL||Perrion Winfrey||30||41%||1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).|
|DL||Tommy Togiai||16||22%||3 assists (3 combined).|
- Myles Garrett had 15 tackles over the past two weeks, giving him a career-high 60 tackles on the season. His one sack allowed him to match his career high from a year ago — although it was somewhat of a gimmie. It would be nice to see Cleveland stumble into some other threatening players up front so that Garrett could more regularly get those favorable match-ups one on one.
- Taven Bryan was the Browns’ highest-graded defender, per PFF, grading out to an 73.0. I don’t expect Bryan to be retained next season, despite a strong finish to the season. He was a one-year fill-in after the team didn’t address the position with a big splash.
|LB||Deion Jones||64||88%||5 tackles (5 combined). 1 FF.|
|LB||Tony Fields||51||70%||4 tackles, 4 assists (8 combined).|
|LB||Jermaine Carter||39||53%||4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined).|
|LB||Reggie Ragland||9||10%||2 assists (2 combined).|
|LB||Sam Kamara||7||10%||No stats registered.|
- Deion Jones forced a fumble at the goal line in the first half to deny Pittsburgh from taking the first lead.
- Reggie Ragland played far fewer snaps this week (10%). The just-promoted Sam Kamara had 7 snaps.
|CB||Greg Newsome||67||92%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 2 passes defended.|
|CB||Martin Emerson||60||82%||3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 2 passes defended.|
|CB||A.J. Green||20||27%||2 tackles (2 combined).|
|CB||Denzel Ward||10||14%||1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.|
- Greg Newsome was the Browns’ second-highest graded defender, per PFF, grading out to an 70.4. He finished with two passes defended, but had a pretty tame season in terms of production.
- Denzel Ward left the game early with an injury.
- Martin Emerson had two more passes defended to finish out the year as a PFF darling.
|S||Grant Delpit||73||100%||1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).|
|S||John Johnson||65||89%||2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined).|
|S||D'Anthony Bell||37||51%||2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).|
|S||Ronnie Harrison||5||7%||1 assist (1 combined).|
- D’Anthony Bell got some reps these past couple of weeks; it would be interesting to see if anyone had a chance to review how he played.
- As for the safeties (Grant Delpit and John Johnson), this game didn’t appear to be their finest hour.