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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 15 - Ronnie Hickman, Alex Wright step up with the injuries

Cleveland’s secondary also continues to shut opponents down.

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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 15 game against the Chicago Bears.

Week 15 Defensive Snap Counts

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Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 67 92% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 TFL.
DL Dalvin Tomlinson 46 63% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined). 2 TFL, 2 QH.
DL Za'Darius Smith 41 56% 1 tackle (1 combined). 2 QH.
DL Shelby Harris 40 55% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 TFL, 1 QH.
DL Alex Wright 52 71% 4 tackles (4 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 FF.
DL Jordan Elliott 30 41% 2 assists (2 combined).
DL Siaki Ika 18 25% No stats registered.
DL Isaiah McGuire 9 12% 1 assist (1 combined).
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah 63 86% 6 tackles (6 combined). 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QH, 1 INT, 2 passes defended.
LB Sione Takitaki 71 97% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 TFL.
LB Tony Fields 23 32% 1 tackle (1 combined).
LB Matthew Adams 3 4% No stats registered.
LB Mohamoud Diabate 2 3% No stats registered.
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Greg Newsome 64 88% 4 tackles (4 combined). 2 TFL, 2 passes defended.
CB M.J. Emerson 71 97% 4 tackles, 2 assists (6 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Denzel Ward 43 59% No stats registered.
CB Cameron Mitchell 20 27% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 QH.
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Ronnie Hickman 69 95% 4 tackles, 1 assist (5 combined). 1 pass defended.
S D'Anthony Bell 35 48% 3 tackles, 1 assist (4 combined). 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 pass defended.
S Duron Harmon 38 52% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
  • DL: In the stats, Myles Garrett wasn’t credited with a pass defended, but I guess that’s because the receiver still caught the pass (for a loss). Garrett has to be frustrated with not getting a sack again, especially since the one he almost had — but Justin Fields escaped the grasp of — led to a touchdown pass on third down. Garrett led the Browns with a PFF grade of 92.3. Alex Wright saw a season-high in playing time with Ogbo Okorokwo out. Shelby Harris also saw a bump in playing time and helped disrupt one drive single-handedly. Siaki Ika saw some action with Maurice Hurst done for the year. Dalvin Tomlinson was a disrupter, having the second-highest PFF grade at 91.6.
  • LB: With Anthony Walker out, the Browns again relied heavily on Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Sione Takitaki at linebacker. JOK had another great game, although his interception at the end of the first half was very cheap, especially since the ball obviously hit the ground (but since it didn’t matter, replay didn’t review it).
  • CB: From my perspective, the Browns’ cornerbacks were brilliant again. The only faults of M.J. Emerson and Greg Newsome were that they each dropped an interception, one of which could have been a pick six. Someone has lit a fire under Newsome’s ass, though, because for the first time since being drafted, I’ve been starting to look at him and think, “This guy is turning into something special.” Denzel Ward returned, but the team was cautious with his reps — he still played 59% of the snaps, though.
  • S: No Grant Delpit, no Juan Thornhill, no Rodney McLeod, no problem. Ronnie Hickman seems to be a gem at safety, and he came up with an important pass break-up at the end of the first half to prevent a field goal attempt. Hickman graded out to a 90.6 by PFF, third-highest on the team, but a grade that would often be tops on the team. D’Anthony Bell was the benefactor of the Bears’ failed Hail Mary at the end of the game, as the ball bounced up to him. But Bell also played a very good game, grading out to a 78.8 by PFF. Veteran Duron Harmon, who many fans probably didn’t even know was on the team, was leaned on for half the snaps.