Total Production: 73 Tackles / 49 Assisted / 1 Sack / 5 TFL / 5 PD 67% STR Score
The Browns clearly had their struggles in this one as evidenced by the final score. This is a pretty good STR score from the Colts Stat Crew – they rewarded a much lower rate to their own players in this one. The Browns were more than handled this game by the Colts offensive line. You can see here that the Browns struggled to create a significant pressure on Luck / Hasellbeck. Although, they were better with their backs against the wall in red zone situations. The tackle distribution is right down the middle on this one for the Browns. That should make Browns IDP owners pretty excited. However, if the Browns would have done anything offensively in this game the numbers would have been lower.
Cornerback Akeem Auguste continues to show up near the top of the stat sheet for Cleveland at cornerback and it’s a wonder; based on the amount of playing time he has received, it looks like he may crack this team’s roster. The CB position for Cleveland sans Haden is a pretty open competition. Jumping off the page at me is the defensive line. A bit surprising, but Phil Taylor had 5 tackles and looks to be a really interesting candidate to re emerge following an injury last season. Billy WInn also was quite active. While the tackles are a welcome sight – we get nothing in terms of big plays from this unit, minus one TFL. They also failed to record a QB hit. Be that as it may, this team is a base 3-4 so we get some help from the OLB’s and Paul Krugers made an appearance in the big play stat sheet here.
Consider this a good report a good sign for balanced production against the Colts offense.
Total Production: 60 Tackles / 32 Solo / 3 Sacks / 4 TFL / 4 PD / 7 QB Hits 53% STR Score
Uh oh. The Colts state crew slams the value of the home team’s production in this one with a score of 53%. This is a very difficult crew to figure out. First regular season home game could be around 80% and the next 50%. No consistency. Who is Caesar Rayford? An undrafted free agent out of Washington. Big game for him here. Outside linebacker type. He is listed as one of the primary backup rush linebackers for Indianapolis so he probably has a shot to crack the 53. Mario Harvey? Marshall product – inside linebacker, but way down the list. Probably a camp body as the Colts are deep at ILB. Speaking of ILB’s, we get a Pat Angerer appearance as he looks back and healthy. He was running with the one’s in this contest, but not sure if he is going to get back to starting right away. It is very good news though and he is one to monitor.
Not much for the Colts here, mainly because the Browns spent this entire game trying to play catch-up. The Browns barely ran the ball in this one at all so the tackle numbers for DB’s are a little skewed. Toler, Landry and Bethea led the group and should do so in 2013, health prevailing. Toler is a solid tackler for a CB. I am sure dynasty owners would have liked to see more activity out of Bjorn Werner here but dice. Rayford outplayed him, against easier competition mind you.
Brandon Weeden was less than stellar in this one, as he checked in under 50% completion percentage. Jason Campbell was harassed all day vs the Colts second team rushers. Hoyer made a brief appearance and threw a pick, only to seal his fate. Meanwhile, Luck continues his great preseason play with a 64% rating on 16/25 for 164 yards. Couple touchdowns, but a bad pick on the goal-line mars his performance some.
The four main receivers for Cleveland (Gordon, Little and Cameron) were targeted 15 times, but only came away with 59 total yards. The rest of the game the Browns toyed with the likes of Cordell Roberson, Josh Cooper and Kellen Davis. Roberson had two nice grabs here but remains a pretty off the radar player.
I was hoping to get a better idea of what the Browns remaining running back looked like. We did not get much of that, but Brandon Jackson appears to be the leading candidate. Assuming they do not go out and trade for someone.
Reggie Wayne was a big focus for Indy, which is a bit surprising, but he did not disappoint, hauling in 7 of 11 targets for a sweet 11.3 per catch. Another year of fantasy football and another year of Reggie Wayne. The battle for the other spots was evident. Griff Walen remains an interesting guy if he can get onto the field. The Stanford connection with Luck is evident, they look real smooth together. Heyward-Bey was fine also. Bringing down all 3 of his for 33 yards. Quiet day for Hilton, but he is in good shape. This team has more weapons than last year which makes them quite dangerous.
Good day on the ground for the Colts. Vick Ballard was the least impressive of the bunch on 10 carries, but the Utah State rookie Kerwynn Williams had himself a decent day. Donald Brown got a few touches and made good use of them while Davin Meggett reeled off 3 for 20 yards. If Bradshaw were to go down, the backup situation is messy with Indy. Sure would be nice to move on past the Donald Brown era and see what some of these other guys can do in regular season games.
- Colts Game Provides Context for Browns’ Flaws (dawgpounddaily.com)
- Analyzing the Snap Counts in Browns vs. Colts (Defense) (dawgsbynature.com)
- Cleveland Browns 53-Man Roster Projection, Mid-Camp Edition (dawgsbynature.com)