With the fans calling for the Browns to see what they have in young players such as Johnny Manziel, Justin Gilbert and Cam Erving, here's a look at how much each player saw the field Thursday night against the Bengals.
With the injury to McCown, Johnny Manziel got the opportunity to start and played the whole game, despite taking a few hard hits. Manziel was 15 of 33 for 168 yards passing. He threw a touchdown pass to Duke Johnson to cap a 92-yard scoring drive in the second quarter. Austin Davis was active for the first time for the Browns, but was one of just two active players that did not play a snap.
Isaiah Crowell got the bulk of the carries for the Browns, rushing 10 times for 38 yards. Only one of those carries was in the second half. Duke Johnson got 3 carries for no yards. Manziel scrambled 4 times for 31 yards. Johnson was targeted 4 times in the passing game, as was Crowell. Crowell caught 3 for 26 yards, and Johnson caught 2 for 38 yards and the Browns only touchdown.
Robert Turbin was active, but did not play a single down.
Joel Bitonio saw his streak of consecutive snaps end due to an ankle injury. The rest of the offensive line played the entire game. Erving actually played less against the Bengals than against the Cardinals.
Rookie E.J. Bibbs was active for the first time, but did not see much of the field. WR Dwayne Bowe caught his first pass as a member of the Browns. He finished with 3 catches for 31 yards.
Karlos Dansby and Tramon Williams continue to be the Browns’ most consistent players on defense. Dansby recorded 11 total tackles against the Bengals. Williams had 7. The Browns certainly rotated players in to keep the defense fresh, especially at the linebacker and defensive line spots.
Armonty Bryant's snap count includes any plays he was in at linebacker as well. Desmond Bryant and Paul Kruger each recorded a sack on Andy Dalton. Craig Roberston and Justin Gilbert were credited with passes defensed.
Randy Starks made one tackle in the game. Which he celebrated by standing over the running back and drew a taunting penalty.
Nate Orchard saw plenty of action in this game, and made a very nice play on a third down read option forcing the Bengals into a field goal. Rookie Xavier Cooper was caught not staying home on the end around to Sanu.
Really the most interesting part of this list to me is which players did not play on special teams. Guys like Nate Orchard, Pierre Desir and E.J. Bibbs I would have expected to see on this list.