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Snap Counts: Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Dissecting and analyzing the snap counts for the Browns in an ugly 37-3 loss to the Bengals.

Austin Davis made his first start at quarterback for the Browns on Sunday against the Bengals. The game was a disaster for the Browns, though Davis wasn’t awful completing 25-of-38 for 230 yards and 1 interception. The offense as a whole scored a measly 3 points however, as the Browns suffered a 37-3 loss.

Isaiah Crowell carried the ball 11 times for 62 yards, his highest rushing total since week four against the Chargers (63 yards). Twenty-three of those yards came on a single run. Duke Johnson was not nearly as effective as he has been. He was limited to 2 yards on 5 carries. Malcolm Johnson was one of the Browns injured early on and did not see much action.

The wide receiver group was… interesting? Healthy scratches for Dwayne Bowe and newly signed Pryor, plus missing Hawkins and Gabriel to concussions meant just four wide outs for the Browns, and Travis Benjamin was also injured, leaving the Browns with Brian Hartline, Marlon Moore and Darius Jennings off the practice squad.

Hartline and Barnidge were targeted often, but the lack of playmakers really hampered the Browns offense in this one. As did the protection, especially after Joel Bitonio was forced from the game with an injury. The Bengals registered 3 sacks and hit Austin Davis 11 times. Cameron Erving was beaten repeatedly after replacing Bitonio, and was eventually replaced himself by Pasztor.

Offensive Snaps   
POS Player Plays %
OT Schwartz 63 100
OG Greco 63 100
C Mack 63 100
OT Thomas 63 100
OG Erving 48 76
OG Bitonio 6 10
T Pasztor 9 14
       
QB Davis 63 100
       
TE Barnidge 47 75
TE Dray 35 56
TE Bibbs 10 16
       
WR Hartline 61 97
WR Jennings 39 62
WR Moore 35 56
WR Benjamin 20 32
       
RB Crowell 33 52
RB D. Johnson 32 51
FB M. Johnson 3 5

Defensively, the Browns played even worse than the offense. Granted the Bengals are a good team, but on Sunday the high-priced Browns defense didn’t look like they belonged on the same field.

Worth noting in the snap counts on the defensive side of the ball was Nate Orchard’s 75% of snaps played and Charles Gaines playing 93% of the snaps, the highest of any Browns defender including Karlos Dansby who usually misses just a snap or two.

Our weekly glance at Mingo’s playing time shows the Browns top pick of just a couple years ago played just 11 snaps.

Defensive Snaps   
POS Player Plays %
LB Dansby 50 88
LB Robertson 38 67
LB Orchard 43 75
LB Kruger 27 47
LB Kirksey 23 40
LB Mingo 11 19
       
FS Gipson 48 84
FS Whitner 45 79
       
CB T. Williams 48 84
CB Desir 7 12
CB K. Williams 18 32
CB Gaines 53 93
DB Poyer 12 21
       
DL Shelton 33 58
DL Starks 25 44
DL D. Bryant 32 56
DL A. Bryant 22 39
DL Cooper 28 49
DL Hughes 24 42
DL Meder 26 46
LB Carder 7 12
DB Campbell 7 12

On special teams perhaps the most interesting development was Joe Thomas playing his first snaps all season in FG kick-protection. Changes were promised to that unit, but Thomas playing wasn’t expected to be one of those changes. The Browns still had a field goal blocked.

Special Teams   
POS Player Plays %
OT Schwartz 2 9
OG Greco 2 9
WR Benjamin 1 5
TE Barnidge 4 18
OT Thomas 2 9
FS Poyer 20 91
WR Jennings 8 36
WR Moore 3 14
TE Dray 10 45
FB M. Johnson 1 5
OG Erving 2 9
LB Dansby 7 32
CB T. Williams 7 32
SS Campbell 12 55
LB Robertson 13 59
DL Shelton 9 41
DL A. Bryant 16 73
CB K. Williams 1 5
DE Hughes 7 32
LB Kirksey 13 59
DL Meder 7 32
LB Orchard 6 18
LB Mingo 20 91
T Pasztor 2 9
CB Bademosi 20 91
LB Carder 20 91
DB Jones 20 91
LS Hughlett 5 23
P Lee 5 23
K Coons 3 14

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