Garrett, Clowney getting doubled teamed and still succeeding

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The Cleveland Browns had high hopes when they signed Takk McKinley and Jadeveon Clowney to partner up with Myles Garrett on the defensive line. The addition of Malik Jackson, Malik McDowell, Andrew Billings and Tommy Togiai were seen as additional support for the group.

While the interior of the line has had some flashes of good play and McKinley has done the same rushing the passer, it has been the play of Garrett and Clowney that has stood out. Garrett continues to lead the team with 12 sacks while Clowney is second with just 3.5.

McDowell has added two and McKinley has 1.5.

Not only are the Cleveland towering ends getting sacks but, perhaps more importantly, they are winning their reps as pass rushers at a high rate despite getting double-teamed regularly:

The graph and tweet speak for themselves. While other defenders may be getting double-teamed more often, the Browns duo wins their pass rush reps at a rate that stands out.

At this rate, it will be interesting if Cleveland looks to extend Clowney or if he is playing his way out of the team’s price range for the future. For 2021, the experiment is working for both the team and Clowney and the two edge players are making life easier for each other and harder for the opponent.