Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Analyzing snap counts: Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Which Browns WR played the most in the loss to the Chiefs? The answer may surprise you.

The Browns had a shot to beat the Chiefs on Sunday, which is more than we can say for many of their recent performances. In the second half especially they were very competitive, but ultimately did not make enough plays to win. As usual, we take a look at the snap counts to see what we can find.

A couple of things stood out immediately, the first of which was how little substituting the Browns did as a whole against the Chiefs. The Browns used just 16 players on offense, including a 3-play game from E.J. Bibbs. Defensively the Browns played 18, which is low for them. Kansas City only ran 54 plays in the game, which helped the cause as the Browns did not have to substitute much in the second half.

On offense, Marlon Moore suffered a concussion early in the game. Moore had been a workhorse for the Browns recently, and after his injury that duty fell to Darius Jennings who played the lion-share of snaps at WR. Dwayne Bowe played more snaps against the Chiefs than any other team this season, but was targeted just once on the day, a low throw that Bowe did not come up with on the sideline.

Manziel did not have a good day throwing the ball, completing just 13-of-32 for 136 yards and an interception. He did however post the first 100-yard rushing game ever by a QB for the Browns.

The Browns were effective running the ball, or at least getting yards in chunks on the ground. Isaiah Crowell ran hard and was decisive in his cuts picking up 88 yards on 16 carries for a 5.5 yard average. Duke Johnson was less efficient, but had a nice 11-yard run of his own.

Offensive Snaps   
POS Player Plays %
OT Schwartz 68 100
OT Thomas 68 100
C Mack 68 100
OG Pasztor 68 100
OG Erving 68 100
       
QB Manziel 68 100
       
TE Dray 32 47
TE Barnidge 60 88
TE Bibbs 3 4
       
WR Jennings 61 90
WR Benjamin 48 71
WR Gabriel 26 38
WR Moore 10 15
WR Bowe 31 46
       
RB D. Johnson 41 60
RB Crowell 28 41

On defense, what jumps off the page is that the Browns only used three cornerbacks in the game. Tramon Williams played every snap, Charles Gaines came very close and K’Waun Williams was the nickel. Safety Jordan Poyer was the dime back. That’s the extent. Both Gipson and Whitner played every snap as well. No Desir, or Campbell or even Bademosi.

Rookie Danny Shelton played just 19 snaps, splitting time evenly with Meder.

Defensive Snaps   
POS Player Plays %
LB Dansby 54 100
LB Robertson 29 54
LB Orchard 30 56
LB Kruger 41 76
LB Kirksey 28 52
LB Mingo 18 33
       
FS Gipson 54 100
FS Whitner 54 100
       
CB T. Williams 54 100
CB Gaines 51 94
CB K. Williams 31 57
DB Poyer 11 20
       
DL D. Bryant 34 63
DL Shelton 19 35
DL Starks 32 59
DL Hughes 19 35
DL Meder 16 30
DL Cooper 19 35

On special teams, the Browns throw the kitchen sink out there. The Browns used 37 (!) different players for special teams. The noteworthy special teams plays were obviously another blocked field goal, and the Jordan Poyer fake punt. 

Special Teams   
POS Player Plays %
OT Schwartz 4 17
WR Jennings 4 17
WR Benjamin 1 4
TE Barnidge 8 35
OT Thomas 4 17
FS Poyer 20 91
TE Dray 8 35
OT Pasztor 4 17
OG Erving 1 4
CB Desir 4 17
DE D. Bryant 5 22
LB Dansby 6 26
CB T. Williams 6 26
SS Campbell 13 57
LB Robertson 14 61
DL Shelton 5 22
WR Moore 1 4
CB K. Williams 6 26
DE Hughes 5 22
LB Kirksey 15 65
DL Meder 8 35
LB Orchard 8 35
LB Mingo 17 74
FS Poyer 16 70
CB Bademosi 16 70
LB Carder 16 70
DB Jones 15 65
LS Hughlett 7 30
P Lee 7 30
K Coons 8 35
RB Mostert 4 17
TE Bibbs 1 4
DB Gipson 3 13
DB Gaines 3 13
LB Kruger 2 9
DL Starks 1 4
OL Miller 4 17

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