Snap Counts: How Much Did the Young Players Play Against the Bengals

A look into the number of snaps each Brown played against the Bengals Thursday night.

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.



Offensive Snaps   
POS Player Plays %
OT Schwartz 53 100
OG Greco 53 100
C Mack 53 100
OT Thomas 53 100
OG Bitonio 44 83
OG Erving 9 17
QB Manziel 53 100
TE Barnidge 46 87
TE Dray 17 32
TE Bibbs 2 4
WR Benjamin 51 96
WR Gabriel 48 91
WR Moore 20 38
WR Bowe 15 28
RB Crowell 32 60
RB D. Johnson 25 47
FB M. Johnson 9 17


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.



Defensive Snaps   
POS Player Plays %
LB Dansby 67 100
LB Robertson 44 66
LB Orchard 38 57
LB Kruger 31 46
LB Kirksey 26 39
LB Mingo 22 33
FS Gipson 67 100
SS Campbell 55 82
SS Saunders 9 13
CB T. Williams 65 97
CB Desir 41 61
CB K. Williams 27 40
CB Gilbert 23 34
CB Bademosi 2 4
DL D. Bryant 39 58
DL Shelton 38 57
DL Starks 33 49
DL A. Bryant 31 46
DL Cooper 28 42
DL Hughes 27 40
DL Meder 24 36


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.



Special Teams   
POS Player Plays %
OT Schwartz 2 8
OG Greco 2 8
WR Benjamin 3 12
TE Barnidge 6 24
OG Bitonio 2 8
RB Crowell 6 24
RB D. Johnson 1 4
WR Moore 12 48
TE Dray 8 32
FB M. Johnson 9 36
OG Erving 2 8
LB Dansby 5 20
CB T. Williams 5 20
SS Campbell 10 40
LB Robertson 18 72
DL Shelton 7 28
DL A. Bryant 13 52
CB K. Williams 6 24
DE Hughes 5 20
LB Kirksey 15 60
DL Meder 5 20
CB Gilbert 16 64
LB Mingo 23 92
S Saunders 9 13
CB Bademosi 23 92
LB Carder 23 92
S Jones 13 52
LS Hughlett 8 32
P Lee 8 32
K Coons 5 20
OT Pasztor 2 8

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.

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