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Snap Count Breakdown: Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Rookie Charles Gaines played 41% of the defensive snaps while Justin Gilbert was a healthy scratch. We break down who played, who didn't and who probably shouldn't have.

Offensively, not a lot of surprises in the snap counts. Manziel got the start and played the whole game. Austin Davis was active as the back-up quarterback, but was the only Brown that didn’t see any snaps vs. the Steelers.

Manziel finished the game completing 33 of his 45 passes for a 73% completion rate. He threw for a career high 372 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Manziel was also the Browns leading rusher on the day with 17 yards on 3 rushes.

On the subject of rushing, the Browns found themselves in a deep hole again in the second half and attempted only four rushes—with two of those being Manziel scrambles. Duke Johnson carried 4 times for 10 yards, while Crowell carried 6 times and lost five yards. Travis Benjamin attempted 1 rush on an ill-advised end around to the short side of the field and lost 7 yards. In total, the Browns gained a whopping 15 yards on 14 carries.

Travis Benjamin was the top receiver catching 7 passes for 113 yards. Manziel spread the ball to seven different receivers on the day. Gary Barnidge caught the Browns only touchdown of the day. Dwayne Bowe was inactive once again.

Cameron Erving started his first game at left guard and had a rough game trying to block Cam Heywood, and picked up a couple of holding penalties along with several internet meme-level GIFs.

Offensive Snaps   
POS Player Plays %
OT Schwartz 69 100
OG Greco 69 100
C Mack 69 100
OT Thomas 69 100
OG Erving 68 99
OT Pasztor 2 3
       
QB Manziel 69 100
       
TE Barnidge 63 91
TE Dray 23 33
       
WR Hawkins 46 67
WR Benjamin 55 80
WR Gabriel 22 32
WR Moore 11 16
WR Hartline 44 64
       
RB Crowell 33 48
RB D. Johnson 29 42
FB M. Johnson 11 16
RB Winston 7 10

Defensively, the Browns decided to involve rookie Charles Gaines in the game instead of Justin Gilbert. Gilbert was a healthy scratch while Gaines played 41% of the defensive snaps. The Browns allowed 399 yards passing, and the bulk of their 188 penalty yards were on pass interference penalties. Jordan Poyer intercepted his first career pass. Congratulations Jordan.

If there is any silver lining for the defense, they bottled up the Steelers run game early on. That’s about it. Karlos Dansby led the team in tackles with 6. Christian Kirksey had a sack, a pair of TFL and a pass break-up. Paul Kruger was credited with 2 tackles for loss.

Defensive Snaps   
POS Player Plays %
LB Dansby 66 100
LB Robertson 31 47
LB Orchard 36 55
LB Kruger 38 58
LB Kirksey 37 56
LB Mingo 15 23
       
FS Gipson 66 100
FS Poyer 64 97
       
CB T. Williams 64 97
CB Desir 20 30
CB K. Williams 50 76
CB Gaines 27 41
CB Bademosi 17 26
       
DL D. Bryant 39 59
DL Shelton 30 45
DL Starks 2 3
DL A. Bryant 27 41
DL Cooper 37 56
DL Hughes 32 48
DL Meder 27 41
LB Carder 1 2

On special teams, Duke Johnson and Marlon Moore shared kick-off return duties with Justin Gilbert inactive.

Special Teams   
POS Player Plays %
OT Schwartz 2 9
OG Greco 2 9
WR Benjamin 1 4
TE Barnidge 4 17
RB Winston 4 17
FS Poyer 10 43
RB D. Johnson 2 9
WR Moore 15 65
TE Dray 9 39
FB M. Johnson 8 35
OG Erving 2 9
LB Dansby 6 26
CB T. Williams 6 26
SS Campbell 15 65
LB Robertson 14 61
DL Shelton 8 35
DL A. Bryant 12 52
CB K. Williams 4 17
DE Hughes 6 26
LB Kirksey 15 65
DL Meder 6 26
LB Orchard 4 17
LB Mingo 21 91
T Miller 2 9
CB Bademosi 19 83
LB Carder 21 91
S Jones 9 39
LS Hughlett 6 26
P Lee 6 26
K Coons 5 22
OT Pasztor 2 9

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