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Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 16 - Za’Darius Smith leads the way

The secondary also does its job.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 16 game against the Houston Texans.

Week 16 Defensive Snap Counts

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Pos Player Plays % Stats
DL Myles Garrett 47 63% 3 tackles (3 combined). 2 TFL.
DL Alex Wright 47 63% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QH, 1 pass defended.
DL Dalvin Tomlinson 40 53% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Shelby Harris 38 51% 1 pass defended.
DL Za'Darius Smith 37 49% 2 tackles (2 combined). 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 4 QH, 1 pass defended.
DL Sam Kamara 37 49% No stats registered.
DL Jordan Elliott 31 41% 1 tackle (1 combined).
DL Siaki Ika 27 36% No stats registered.
Pos Player Plays % Stats
LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah 54 72% 5 tackles, 1 assist (6 combined). 1 INT, 2 passes defended.
LB Sione Takitaki 48 64% 6 tackles, 1 assist (7 combined).
LB Tony Fields 32 43% 2 assists (2 combined).
LB Matthew Adams 20 27% No stats registered.
LB Mohamoud Diabate 1 1% No stats registered.
Pos Player Plays % Stats
CB Greg Newsome 55 73% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Cameron Mitchell 46 61% 1 tackle (1 combined).
CB Denzel Ward 43 57% 1 tackle (1 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Martin Emerson 31 41% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 pass defended.
CB Mike Ford 24 32% 2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).
Pos Player Plays % Stats
S Ronnie Hickman 55 73% 3 tackles, 3 assists (6 combined).
S D'Anthony Bell 53 71% 5 tackles (5 combined). 1 QH, 2 passes defended, 1 FF.
S Duron Harmon 40 53% 3 tackles (3 combined). 1 INT, 1 pass defended.
S Tanner McCalister 19 25% 1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).
  • DL: OK, I’m done talking about the sackless streak of Myles Garrett, for now. What matters is that he’s still making a high impact on the game and his shoulder doesn’t seem to be a concern. He received a 90.9 grade from PFF this week, second-highest on the team. The highest? Za’Darius Smith, who was all over Texans quarterbacks, and received a grade of 92.2 from PFF. Smith is now up to 5.5 sacks on the season. It’s also nice to see Alex Wright having sacks in back-to-back weeks. Shelby Harris only registered a tipped pass on the day, but it resulted in an interception. Sam Kamara received a lot of snaps this week, in contrast to other weeks.
  • LB: We’re seeing that consistency factor with Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, who graded out to an 80.1 this week, third-highest on the team. Sione Takitaki led the Browns with 7 tackles.
  • CB: I didn’t even know if Denzel Ward was playing, since the Texans weren’t throwing his direction. They kept trying to attack Martin Emerson early on, and although it worked for a few penalties called on him, he ultimately prevented the big play and had a nice pass breakup later on. Emerson left the game banged up, but posted on social media afterward that he’ll be ready for Thursday night.
  • S: The Browns continue to get by fine with their young fill-in safeties, and D’Anthony Bell appeared on the PFF grades again this week, registering a 73.3. The Browns seemed like they kept barely missing interceptions when Davis Mills led two touchdown drives late in the fourth quarter.