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Snap Count Analysis: Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

The narrative going into Monday night's game was that the young players like Gilbert, Mingo, Shelton, Cooper and Orchard were going to get their chance. How much did they actually play though?

Before the kick-off against the Ravens, aside from all of the Johnny-drama, the narrative that the ESPN pregame show was running with for the Browns was that they were going to play the youngsters and see what they had. Justin Gilbert was not only active, but going to start. Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving were starting. More Barkevious Mingo. More Nate Orchard and Xavier Cooper. Run Duke Johnson. 

Sounded like a solid plan, but how did it shake out? Did they really play the young draft picks more?

Well, offensively speaking Cameron Erving played all of the offensive snaps, which is technically more than last week. Duke Johnson did indeed play more snaps (up 22%) but carried the ball just 7 times for 27 yards. He also caught 5 balls for 23 yards.

Once again, the Browns completely abandoned the running game in the second half. All 7 of Isaiah Crowell’s carries came in the first half (for a whopping 7 yards), while Duke Johnson carried twice in the second half. Once in the first drive of the half, and of course the famous run to set up the blocked field goal.

Gary Barnidge played his highest percentage of snaps on the season with 66 of the 69 offensive plays. Brian Hartline was right up there with 94% played as well. Dwayne Bowe played 4 snaps. He was targeted once, and did not record a catch.

Austin Davis got the nod after McCown was knocked from the game. McCown was 21-of-38 for 212 yards and a touchdown. Davis was 7-of-10 for 77 yards and the touchdown to Travis Benjamin.

Offensive Snaps   
POS Player Plays %
OT Schwartz 69 100
OG Greco 69 100
C Mack 69 100
OT Thomas 69 100
OG Erving 69 100
       
QB McCown 56 81
QB Davis 13 19
       
TE Barnidge 66 96
TE Dray 28 41
TE Bibbs 2 3
       
WR Benjamin 60 87
WR Bowe 4 6
WR Moore 42 61
WR Hartline 65 94
       
RB Crowell 25 36
RB D. Johnson 44 64
FB M. Johnson 9 13

Defensively, rookie Danny Shelton played slightly more than he did against the Steelers, but still played less than half of the defensive snaps. Xavier Cooper’s workload actually went down compared to the Pittsburgh game, but he did still play 21 snaps. Nate Orchard played 25 snaps of a possible 59, and Barkevious Mingo played 32% of the snaps, roughly what he has been playing lately. Justin Gilbert played just 19 snaps before he left the game with a concussion in the second quarter.

Statistically, the Browns defense registered zero sacks, and had just one official hit on the QB (Desmond Bryant). Whitner and Gipson led the team in tackles with six each. Dansby had the big pick-six.

Not much else to see here.

Defensive Snaps   
POS Player Plays %
LB Dansby 59 100
LB Robertson 28 47
LB Orchard 25 42
LB Kruger 39 66
LB Kirksey 30 51
LB Mingo 19 32
       
FS Gipson 58 98
FS Whitner 58 98
       
CB T. Williams 59 100
CB Gilbert 19 32
CB K. Williams 47 80
CB Gaines 8 14
CB Bademosi 1 2
DB Poyer 3 5
       
DL Shelton 39 66
DL D. Bryant 41 69
DL A. Bryant 34 58
DL Cooper 21 36
DL Hughes 29 49
DL Meder 30 51
LB Carder 1 2

Special Teams   
POS Player Plays %
OT Schwartz 6 18
OG Greco 6 18
WR Benjamin 5 15
TE Barnidge 5 15
RB Winston 14 41
FS Poyer 27 79
RB D. Johnson 1 3
WR Moore 3 9
TE Dray 13 38
FB M. Johnson 10 29
OG Erving 6 18
LB Dansby 6 18
CB T. Williams 6 18
SS Campbell 22 65
LB Robertson 21 62
DL Shelton 12 35
DL A. Bryant 12 52
CB K. Williams 10 29
DE Hughes 5 15
LB Kirksey 19 56
DL Meder 5 15
LB Orchard 6 18
LB Mingo 27 79
T Pasztor 6 18
CB Bademosi 19 83
LB Carder 27 79
CB Gilbert 15 44
LS Hughlett 12 35
P Lee 12 35
K Coons 12 35
S Gipson 1 3
DL D. Bryant 1 3
CB Gaines 6 18

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