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Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 2

SB Nation logo SB Nation 9/20/2020 Chris Pokorny
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Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • That was much more like it for Baker Mayfield and what we need to see from him this season. Much of the credit goes to head coach Kevin Stefanski too. Remember how crazy it was that Mayfield never had a designed rollout to his left for all of 2019? Against the Bengals, we saw him do it early, paying off for a touchdown pass to Odell Beckham.
  • Mayfield’s passes were very accurate for the most part, and he looked like he was in his comfort zone. The one big mistake he made is obviously the fourth quarter interception, coming after Kareem Hunt had just had a bunch of nice runs and Cleveland could’ve put the game away with a score. It’s a teaching point for Mayfield.
  • The Browns obviously had the benefit of better pass protection. Mayfield had 3.38 seconds to throw, while Joe Burrow had 2.40 seconds to throw, per PFF.
  • This was picture-perfect utilization of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and why Cleveland could be one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. You have two running backs who are All-Pro caliber, and this week, Chubb got most of the action, but then Hunt had a few series dedicated to him, coming when he was fresh and the defense was worn out. Chubb played 62% of the snaps while Hunt played 34% of the snaps, but each back finished with 2 touchdowns.
  • Chubb was the highest-graded Browns player on offense by PFF with a grade of 82.5. Chubb forced 5 missed tackles, while Hunt forced 4 missed tackles.
  • It’s nice to see heavy utilization of the fullback too, and Andy Janovich delivered some key blocks during the game. He was the 4th-highest graded player on offense by PFF.
  • This game was all about the running backs, but Odell Beckham got involved early with a touchdown catch (thank god they didn’t overturn that to rule him down at the one yard line). Beckham also beat his man deep later on down the left sideline, but the official missed a blatantly obvious tug of the jersey that should’ve been pass interference.
  • KhaDharel Hodge was still the team’s No. 3 receiver, playing 57% of the snaps. You know what — if the Browns win like this, it doesn’t matter who the team’s third receiver is, especially when Hodge caught both passes thrown to him for first downs. I’m still surprised how many snaps Cleveland’s No. 3 receiver seems to be having under Kevin Stefanski’s watch.
  • I don’t remember any dropped passes for Cleveland, which is a good thing. WR JoJo Natson was involved in a fake on one of his few snaps, but he didn’t work as a decoy.
  • Austin Hooper played all but one snap, logging 2 catches for 22 yards. It was encouraging to see both Hooper and Harrison Bryant actively involved in run blocking. From PFF:

Harrison Bryant (30 offensive snaps) saw significant playing time as well, but he didn’t make a massive impact for Cleveland with just one reception. His biggest contribution may have ultimately been as a run blocker (18 of his 30 snaps) clearing the way for Chubb and Hunt.

  • Despite Jack Conklin being out and Chris Hubbard starting, the offensive line did tremendous. Baker Mayfield wasn’t sacked once and didn’t even take a quarterback hit.
  • This is what you love to see from rookie LT Jedrick Wills:
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