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Analyzing the Browns preseason stats

The Cleveland Browns still have one preseason game left on Thursday at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears.

Coach Mike Pettine has said quarterback Josh McCown and several veterans will be watching on the sidelines. So we thought we'd take a closer look at the numbers the Browns put up during the preseason slate.



Josh McCown: 29-for-38, 207 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT. 92.8 QB Rating

Johnny Manziel: 17-for-29, 160 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 85.4 QB rating

Connor Shaw: 5-for-10, 64 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, QB Rating 70.4

Thaddeus Lewis: 6-for-9, 81 yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT, 55.6 QB Rating

Analysis: McCown wasn't spectacular but he was efficient, and he engineered touchdown drives – a rarity last preseason. Manziel wasn't flawless, either, but he's proved over time he can properly blend his athleticism and arm strength with running the Browns offense. Cleveland placed Shaw on injured reserve Tuesday, keeping him in the classroom learning a breadth of NFL knowledge. Lewis will start against the Bears.

*Running backs *


Terrance West: 22 carries, 78 yards, 3.5 ypc

Isaiah Crowell: 17 carries, 47 yards, 2.8 ypc

Jalen Parmele: 13 carries, 38 yards, 2.9 ypc

Timothy Flanders: 14 carries, 18 yards, 1.3 ypc

Duke Johnson: 1 carry, 4 yards

Analysis:  The Browns will hope these numbers improve once the regular season arrives. West excels at shifty chunk runs, but the Browns need more consistency on a play-by-play basis from everyone to get the kind of production they want. Crowell has been serving as the third-down running back and he's shown growth as a pass blocker. Johnson is still going through concussion protocol and his status for Week 1 is up in the air.

Wide receivers


Travis Benjamin: 7 catches, 55 yards, 1 TD

Brian Hartline: 6 catches, 51 yards, 1 TD

Taylor Gabriel: 6 catches, 47 yards

Darius Jennings: 4 catches, 68 yards

Shane Wynn: 4 catches, 32 yards, 1 TD

Josh Lenz: 3 catches, 59 yards

Vince Mayle: 3 catches 35 yards

Andrew Hawkins: 2 catches, 7 yards

Analysis: Benjamin and Hartline were the two most productive receivers in training camp and it carried over to the field. Hartline, in particular, has been playing like he has something to prove in 2015. Statistically, Jennings has been the most impressive rookie. If Dwayne Bowe can enter the regular season on the same page with McCown, it will benefit this entire group tenfold.

Tight ends


E.J. Bibbs: 6 catches, 50 yards

Rob Housler: 3 catches, 32 yards

Jim Dray: 3 catches, 23 yards

Gary Barnidge: 2 catches, 9 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: How about Bibbs? To go along with the catches and yards, he's made six tacklers miss in the open field. Barnidge led the Browns in snap counts last week. For what he lacks in flash, he makes up for in effectiveness. He's a reliable target.

Top tacklers


Ibraheim Campbell: 13, 1 sack

Landon Feichter: 12 tackles, 1 sack

Christian Kirksey: 9 tackles

Karlos Dansby: 9 tackles

Paul Kruger: 9 tackles, 1.5 sacks

Craig Robertson: 8 tackles

Johnson Bademosi: 7 tackles

Tank Carder: 7 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

Jamie Meder: 7 tackles, 1 forced fumble

Kendall James: 6 tackles

Nate Orchard: 6 tackles

Desmond Bryant: 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks

Scott Solomon: 5 tackles

Xavier Cooper: 4 tackles, 3 sacks

Donte Whitner: 4 tackles

Jordan Poyer: 4 tackles

Hayes Pullard III: 4 tackles

Mike Reilly: 4 tackles, 1 sack

Danny Shelton: 4 tackles,

Armonty Bryant: 3 tackles

Moise Fokou: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble

Charles Gaines: 3 tackles, 1 INT

Tashaun Gipson: 3 tackles

John Hughes: 3 tackles

Tramon Williams: 3 tackles

Dylan Wynn: 3 tackles

Christian Tupou: 2 tackles

De'Ante Saunders: 2 tackles

Everette Brown: 2 tackles

Pierre Desir: 1 tackle

Aaron Ross: 1 tackle

Ishmaa'ily Kitchen: 1 tackle

Jacobbi McDaniel: 1 tackle

Randy Starks: 1 tackle

Justin Gilbert: 1 tackle

Analysis: With Poyer sidelined, Campbell has made the most of his extensive snap count, translating his hard hitting, fly-to-the-football skill set from Northwestern with relative ease to the NFL. Kruger was making plays all over the place in the preseason, even with the Browns testing him out as more of a coverage linebacker while Barkevious Mingo recovered from knee surgery. Xavier Cooper remains the biggest takeaway, though. His three sacks may have come against backups, but he'll warrant immediate attention from opposing offensive lines once the regular season commences against the Jets.

Offensive team stats

Points Per Game: 19.3 (17th in the NFL)

Yards Per Game: 234.0 (29th in the NFL)

Pass Yards Per Game: 149.7 (29th in the NFL)

Rush Yards Per Game: 84.3 (27th in the NFL)

Third Down Percentage: 32 percent (25th in the NFL)

Penalty Yards: 109 (1st in the NFL)

Defensive team stats

Points Allowed Per Game: 12.7 (3rd in the NFL)

Yards Per Game:  258.7 (8th in the NFL)

Pass Yards Allowed: 156.3 (6th in the NFL)

Rush Yards Allowed: 102.3 (15th in the NFL)

Third Down Percentage: 39 percent (15th in the NFL)

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