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Thursday Snap Counts: Who played how much in preseason win over Eagles

CLEVELAND — Breaking down who played how much in Thursday night's5-0win over the Eagles…

— As the Browns' offensive line still works to build chemistry, guards Austin Corbett and Spencer Drango played all 72 snaps Thursday night. Corbett, the rookie left guard and 33rd overall draft pick, is expected to start while Drango, a third-year player out of Baylor, has been filling in for an injured Kevin Zeitler (calf). Head coach Hue Jackson said postgame he expects Zeitler to return to practice this week. Meanwhile, starters in left tackle Joel Bitonio and center JC Tretter played 39 snaps apiece while right tackle Chris Hubbard took 34 reps, coming out briefly with an injury.

— Starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor played 29 snaps despite suffering a hand injury early in the first quarter. Taylor missedone series after landing awkwardly out of bounds while scrambling left on a fourth-and-1 near the goal line with 6:13 to play in the period. Taylor, who finished 11-of-16 for 65 yards, returned to the field after a brief visit to the locker room for X-rays. Cleveland says it will continue evaluating his hand. He was named the team's starter March 15. 

— His understudy, rookie Baker Mayfield, played 34 snaps. He finished 8-of-12 for 76 yards and an interception. Mayfield, the first-overall pick in the draft, saw his first action with the first-team offense when Taylor went down.

— Rashard Higgins led Cleveland's receivers with 39 snaps while star wideout Jarvis Landry WR took 38 snaps. Rookie Damion Ratley, who started in place of injured rookie Antonio Callaway, saw 30 snaps.

— Second-year defensive tackle Caleb Brantley played the most of any Browns defender, registering a 35 snaps. Brantley is competing for a spot on the active roster and to be a member of Cleveland's interior line rotation. He finished with a sack, tackle-for-loss, quarterback hurry and pass breakup at the line of scrimmage. 

— Briean Boddy-Calhoun (33 snaps) and Terrance Mitchell (32) led the Browns' starting defensive backs in playing time while Mike Jordan (33) and Denzel Rice (34) also saw significant action. Jordan came in for rookie Denzel Ward, who played five snaps before suffering a back injury on the team's first defensive series. Ward, the fourth-overall pick who earned a starting job this spring, did not return. Boddy-Calhoun, a third-year player who moved from cornerback to safety, picked off Eagles quarterback Nick Foles once while Mitchell forced a fumble in the red zone.

—The Browns have perhaps one of the deepest linebacker groups in the NFL and they did their best to split the playing time among them Thursday. Christian Kirksey (24 snaps) and Joe Schobert (25) led the charge while Jamie Collins (14), rookie Genard Avery (14), newcomer and former Eagles standout Mychal Kendricks (11) and James Burgess (11) saw a bit less action. Avery, who has been taking some reps with the first-team defense and strip-sacked Foles in the first half, suffered a hamstring injury and did not return. Collins, who enters his third season with the team, picked off Foles in the red zone with under two minutes to play in the second quarter. 

— Myles Garrett, the second-year defensive end and 2017 first-overall pick, wreaked havoc on the Eagles' offensive line in 24 snaps. He finished with two sacks, two quarterback hurries and three tackles. 

— Rookie tackle Desmond Harrison saw significant action as the Browns continue piecing together their offensive line room. Harrison, an undrafted free agent who missed time in camp with a toe injury, played 32 snaps.

— As the Browns curate their defensive end rotation behind Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah, third-year player Carl Nassib and veteran Nate Orchard played 17 and 32 snaps, respectively. ​

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