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10 stats to know from the Cleveland Browns’ 2015 season

Posted Jan 5, 2016

Intriguing numbers from all facets of the team

Since the season finale came to a close Sunday, the Browns have set their sights on fixing one, inescapable number -- 3-13.

With an eye on the future, there’s still time to reflect. Here are the 10 numbers that stood out to us.

-- Essentially every stat associated with Gary Barnidge was a career high. The final numbers: 79 receptions, 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns. The yardage was good for second-most ever by a Browns tight end, trailing only Kellen Winslow Jr. (1,106, 2007), and seventh-most by any receiver. His receptions were sixth-most by a tight end and ninth-most overall.

-- The Browns finished the season ranked 22nd in the NFL in rushing offense, down five spots from 2014 and down a little more than 12 yards per game (108 per game to 95.6). From Week 7 to Week 13, Cleveland averaged 56 rushing yards per game. From Week 14 to Week 17, the Browns averaged 160.5.

-- The Browns had 1,135 snaps in 2015. Cleveland led the league with 753 passing snaps. The Browns had 382 running snaps.

-- Joe Thomas showed little sign of slowing down in his ninth NFL season. The nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle was ranked as the No. 1 tackle in the league by ProFootballFocus.com. The website gave Thomas an overall grade of 94.3 with scores of 93.6 on pass blocking and 90.0 on run blocking. He was one of just three players to have a grade higher than 90. Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz ranked No. 9 overall (86.1).

-- One of the biggest differences between the 2015 Browns defense and the 2014 unit was the ability to force turnovers. Cleveland was second in the league with 21 interceptions last season and finished with 29 turnovers. This year, the Browns had 21 turnovers and had six games in which they didn’t force one.

-- Running back Duke Johnson Jr. finished with the second-most receptions by a rookie in Browns history (61) and was second among all NFL rookies, trailing only Oakland’s Amari Cooper. Tack on his 104 carries, and Johnson had 165 touches for an average of 5.5 yards. He was second on the team in touches behind Isaiah Crowell (204).

-- Travis Benjamin amassed 164 punt return yards and a touchdown in Cleveland’s first two games. He had just 160 yards the rest of the way, as opponents did their best to kick away from him and limit his opportunities. He had 10 fair catches, the most of his career.

-- Browns wide receiver stats in 2015: 196 receptions, 2,299 yards, eight touchdowns. Browns wide receiver stats in 2014: 188 receptions, 2,630 yards, eight touchdowns. Eight different wide receivers caught passes this season. Five caught passes in 2014. The Browns threw for 478 more yards in 2015.

-- Andy Lee had just four of his punts go for touchbacks and had 25 placed inside the 20-yard line. His average of 46.7 yards per punt ranked eighth in the NFL and was 2.4 yards better than last year’s team average.

-- Of the Browns’ 12 rookies who were selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, eight saw the field. Two (Randall Telfer and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu) were lost for the season because of injuries. One (Hayes Pullard) was signed off the practice squad by a different team. One (Vince Mayle) did not make the final cuts out of training camp.

No. 12 overall pick Danny Shelton and Johnson Jr. (third round) were active and played in every game. Sixth-round defensive back Charles Gaines began the season on injured reserve - designated to return and made his Browns debut Week 10. Sixth-round fullback Malcolm Johnson was lost for the season after sustaining an injury Week 13. Here’s how their snap counts shook out.

DL Danny Shelton: 514

OL Cameron Erving: 429

LB Nate Orchard: 480

RB Duke Johnson: 568

DL Xavier Cooper: 366

DB Ibraheim Campbell: 102 (Played on most special teams)

DB Charles Gaines: 272

FB Malcolm Johnson: 159


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