Looking at the offensive snap counts in the Browns' 33-14 loss to the Rams.
Cleveland made a little bit of progress offensively during their third preseason game, but still left a lot to be desired before their Week 1 game against the Steelers. Let's take a look at the Browns' offensive snap counts against the Rams.
|QB||Brian Hoyer||31||57%||10-of-16 for 84 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. 1 fumble lost.|
|QB||Johnny Manziel||23 ||43%||10-of-15 for 85 yards. 1 carry, 7 yards, 1 touchdown. |
QB Brian Hoyer found his rhythm at points against the Rams, but he still needs to get on the same page as WR Miles Austin. Both turnovers stemmed from Hoyer trying to get the ball to Austin. QB Johnny Manziel showed a quick release and used his legs at the right time, but we know he's the backup to begin the season.
|RB||Dion Lewis||27||50%||3 carries, 8 yards, 2.7 avg. 2 catches, 10 yards (2 targets).|
|RB||MarQueis Gray||21||39%||2 catches, 15 yards (3 targets).|
|FB||Chris Ogbonnaya ||11||20%||1 carry, -5 yards, -5.0 avg.|
|RB||Terrance West||10||19%||7 carries, 17 yards, 2.4 avg. 0 catches (1 target). |
|FB||Ben Tate||6||11%||3 carries, 5 yards, 1.7 avg. |
|RB||Ray Agnew||5||9%||1 catch, 4 yards (1 target). |
Head coach Mike Pettine has now said that RB Dion Lewis is the favorite to be the third running back, and his showing against the Rams might have earned it. Although the stats aren't flashy, Lewis had a couple of nice pick-ups on the blitz. Pettine also emphasized that in terms of a gameplan, a priority was not placed on the running game versus St. Louis.
|WR||Miles Austin||29||54%||2 catches, 23 yards (6 targets).|
|WR||Andrew Hawkins||27||50%||5 catches, 36 yards, 1 touchdown (5 targets).|
|WR||Willie Snead||20||37%||2 catches, 20 yards (4 targets).|
|WR||Charles Johnson||19||35%||1 catch, 13 yards (2 targets).|
|WR||Taylor Gabriel||13||24%||2 catches, 23 yards (2 targets). |
|WR||Anthony Armstrong||13||24%||1 catch, 7 yards (1 target).|
|WR||Travis Benjamin||12||22%||0 catches (1 target).|
As I stated earlier, WR Miles Austin needs to step it up a notch. WR Andrew Hawkins was utilized in such a way that you can see why the team invested so much in him -- he fits the strengths of Hoyer perfectly. None of the other receivers really had an opportunity to shine as Cleveland stuck with a short passing game. WR Josh Gordon was held out, as was WR Nate Burleson.
|TE||Jordan Cameron ||31||57%||2 catches, 18 yards (2 targets). |
|TE||Gary Barnidge||10||19%||0 catches (1 target).|
|TE||Jim Dray||9||17%||No stats registered. |
|TE||Emmanuel Ogbuehi||6||11%||No stats registered.|
We saw TE Jordan Cameron get into the action for two catches, but when the regular season starts, you can bet that he'll be the primary target for Hoyer. None of the other tight ends saw much action, instead deferring to FB MarQueis Gray.
|OL||Paul McQuistan ||11||20%|
I'm not sure if the stats were off a little, but it claims that C Alex Mack played one more snap and RT Mitchell Schwartz played one less snap than the rest of the starters. I imagine that OL Paul McQuistan is not seeing as much action because the team is already comfortable with him.
We'll have coverage on the defensive snap counts later on.
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