Playing time breakdown in 2013: Defense

January, 17, 2014
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The Cleveland Browns' defense was on the field for 1,107 plays in this most recent 4-12 season.

D'Qwell Jackson missed two.

Jackson
Jackson’s 1,105 plays were the highest on the Browns in 2013. The coaches thought enough of Jackson to keep him on for 99.8 percent of the defensive plays -- be the offense about to run or pass (how much is that roster bonus?).

Jackson far outdistanced the No. 2 player from the front seven in playing time, as Paul Kruger had 258 fewer, almost 25 percent.

In the secondary, the four starters all had more than 1,000 plays, with T.J. Ward leading the way with 1,073.

Other interesting notes on the defensive playtime:

--Joe Haden and Buster Skrine had the exact same number of plays. Who would have guessed?

--Chris Owens was placed on injured reserve in December and signed by Miami, but he still finished fourth in the secondary with 521 snaps.

--Leon McFadden might have had the biggest (negative) bang for his buck. He was on the field for 233 plays, and many seemed crucial. Keep in mind that a year ago at this time people were highly criticial of Skrine, and he turned out fine.

--First-round pick Barkevious Mingo received a lot of playing time, with 642 snaps, more than Jabaal Sheard.

--Of the down linemen, Ahtyba Rubin led the team with 598 snaps and Desmond Bryant ranked second -- even though Bryant missed the final four games with a heart issue.

--Phil Taylor was third with 525 snaps.

Here’s a rundown:

Secondary:
Linebackers:
Defensive line

Coming soon: A rundown on the offensive plays

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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