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Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 12 - QB woes, dropped passes, and general ugliness

Not much went right for the Browns offensively against the Broncos.

Cleveland Browns v Denver Broncos Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 12 game against the Denver Broncos.

Week 12 Offensive Snap Counts

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Pos Player Plays % Stats
QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson 52 71% 14-of-29 (48.3%) for 134 yards, 1 TD. 5 rushes, 21 yards.
QB P.J. Walker 21 29% 6-of-13 (46.2%) for 56 yards. 1 lost fumble.
Pos Player Plays % Stats
RB Jerome Ford 51 70% 9 carries, 65 yards (7.2 YPC). 4 catches, 14 yards (7 targets).
RB Kareem Hunt 19 26% 7 carries, 22 yards (3.1 YPC).
RB Pierre Strong 2 3% No stats registered.
Pos Player Plays % Stats
WR Amari Cooper 54 74% 2 catches, 16 yards (6 targets).
WR Charles Tillman 65 89% 4 catches, 55 yards (5 targets).
WR Elijah Moore 63 86% 3 catches, 44 yards (9 targets).
WR David Bell 13 18% 0 catches (2 targets).
Pos Player Plays % Stats
TE David Njoku 62 85% 6 catches, 59 yards (9 targets).
TE Harrison Bryant 14 19% 1 catch, 2 yards (1 target), 1 TD. 1 fumble lost.
TE Jordan Akins 10 14% No stats registered.
Pos Player Plays % Stats
OL Joel Bitonio 73 100%
OL Ethan Pocic 73 100%
OL Wyatt Teller 73 100%
OL Dawand Jones 73 100%
OL Geron Christian 72 99%
OL Michael Dunn 7 10%
OL Nick Harris 5 7%
OL James Hudson 1 1%
  • QB: The Browns’ quarterback situation is in more disarray after the Broncos game. Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s limitations were evident again versus Denver, with his completion percentage not being ideal and him still not really pushing the ball down the field. With that said, he was still keeping the Browns in the game technically, up until he suffered a concussion to end the third quarter. I don’t know who gives Cleveland the best chance to win between DTR and Joe Flacco. Even though P.J. Walker has sort of led the Browns to two victories, I think it’s pretty clear that he turns the ball over too much and can’t be the guy they lean on to try to salvage the season.
  • RB: I’m not doubting that Cleveland should have run the ball a little more, but you do have to remember that there is often a method to the madness. Those short pass plays are meant to gain equivalent yardage for when run defenses are stacking the box. The argument for still running the ball is that the Broncos’ run defense is bad, so they should’ve kept testing them anyway. Jerome Ford got a lot of snaps against Denver, even though he only had nine carries.
  • WR: We finally saw a No. 2 receiver on the Browns (Cedric Tillman) have multiple catches. It was an off day for Amari Cooper, who dropped a two-point conversion and only had two catches on the day. It should be noted that DTR’s ball placement is very inconsistent — yes, the balls are still technically catchable, but he doesn’t make it easy.
  • TE: Once again, David Njoku led the team in receiving stats. However, he didn’t hold on to an end zone pass for the second week in a row, and later in the game, also had two more balls that he probably wishes he would’ve hauled in. Harrison Bryant had a bad exchange with Ethan Pocic, which led to a turnover; he also caught the first touchdown of DTR’s career.
  • OL: Even though the Broncos were able to tee off late in the game on Browns quarterbacks, Cleveland’s offensive line graded pretty high against Denver. Wyatt Teller (78.9), Dawand Jones (77.8), and Joel Bitonio (68.7) were the team’s top-three graded players by PFF.