Rams vs. Browns: Analyzing the Snap Counts (Defense)

Chris Pokorny
SB Nation

Looking at the defensive snap counts in the Browns' 33-14 loss to the Rams.

Earlier today, we analyzed the snap counts for the Cleveland Browns offense in their third preseason game against the St. Louis Rams. Now, it's time to turn our attention to the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive Line

Pos

Player

Plays

%

Stats

DL

Armonty Bryant

33

41%

2 tackles (2 combined). 1 quarterback hit.

DL

Ahtyba Rubin

32

40%

1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined). 1 pass defended.

DL

Billy Winn

28

35%

1 assist (1 combined). 1 pass defended.

DL

John Hughes

24

30%

No stats registered.

DL

Phil Taylor

23

29%

1 tackle, 2 assists (3 combined).

DL

Calvin Barnett

19

24%

2 tackles, 3 assists (5 combined).

DL

Ishmaa'ily Kitchen

19

24%

2 assists (2 combined).

DL

Cam Henderson

18

22%

1 assist (1 combined).

DL

Jacobbi McDaniel

15

19%

1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).

It was another positive day for DE Armonty Bryant. Most of the playing time distributions remained the same here, except that DL Billy Winn saw more reps than DL Phil Taylor this time around.

Outside Linebacker

Pos

Player

Plays

%

Stats

OLB

Jamaal Westerman

35

44%

1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined). 1 quarterback hit.

OLB

Justin Staples

30

38%

2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).

OLB

Barkevious Mingo

29

36%

No stats registered.

OLB

Paul Kruger

22

28%

2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 quarterback hit, 1 pass defended.

OLB

Jabaal Sheard

20

25%

No stats registered.

It's hard to think about how invisible OLB Jabaal Sheard has been this preseason. Maybe once the scheming starts during the regular season, he'll have a greater impact.

Inside Linebacker

Pos

Player

Plays

%

Stats

ILB

Chris Kirksey

37

46%

5 tackles, 2 assists (7 combined). 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, 1 pass defended.

ILB

Zac Diles

34

42%

3 tackles (3 combined).

ILB

Karlos Dansby

34

42%

1 tackle (1 combined). 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hit.

ILB

Tank Carder

30

38%

1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined).

ILB

Craig Robertson

25

31%

1 tackle, 3 assists (4 combined).

ILB

Caleb McSurdy

9

11%

1 assist (1 combined).

It's nice to see plays from ILB Chris Kirksey -- can Mike Pettine find a stud inside linebacker for the second year in a row? Things weren't so good for ILB Tank Carder.

Safety

Pos

Player

Plays

%

Stats

S

Jordan Poyer

47

59%

2 tackles, 2 assists (4 combined).

S

Tashaun Gipson

42

52%

1 tackle (1 combined).

S

Donte Whitner

40

50%

1 tackle (1 combined).

S

Johnson Bademosi

34

42%

2 tackles (2 combined).

S

Josh Aubrey

31

39%

1 tackle, 1 assist (2 combined).

S

Jim Leonhard

12

15%

No stats registered.

With the cornerback depth being so thin, the safeties failed to step up and have a greater impact. This isn't the type of homecoming that SS Donte Whitner was hoping for. I thought that S Jordan Poyer wasn't getting many reps, but looking at the snap counts, it did indeed play a lot.

Cornerback

Pos

Player

Plays

%

Stats

CB

Leon McFadden

74

92%

2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined).

CB

Justin Gilbert

50

62%

2 tackles, 1 assist (3 combined). 1 pass defended.

CB

Aaron Berry

27

34%

No stats registered.

CB

Robert Nelson

5

6%

1 assist (1 combined).

CB

Royce Adams

2

2%

No stats registered.

This is as close to a "start" as you can get in the preseason -- CB Leon McFadden playing 92% of the snaps, and not doing too bad. The player who struggled was rookie CB Justin Gilbert. This cornerback group will look a lot different in Week 1.

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