Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Browns' Jamie Meder graded top two leading performer vs. Colts

By Josh Edwards

September 26, 2017

The Cleveland Browns were unable to complete a comeback Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

As a team, the Browns performance was sub-par. However, there were a handful of players that put forth solid individual performances. Offensive tackle Joe Thomas was the team's leading performer according to Pro Football Focus.

Thomas recorded an 87.6 on a scale to 100:

"It was another quiet day for Joe Thomas, as he went about his job with the kind of near flawless performance we’ve come to expect. He built on his snap streak, didn’t surrender a single pressure and just for good measure was the highest graded Browns run blocker and their highest-graded player. Would you expect anything else?"

Defensive tackle Jamie Meder was the second best performer with an 84.8. Linebacker Christian Kirksey posted a 23.1 last week against the Baltimore Ravens. On Sunday, he recorded an 84.3.

"A redemption game for Kirksey, as he followed up the putrid 24.1 overall game he earned last week against Baltimore with his best game of the season in Week 3. The linebacker from Iowa tallied six total stops on the day – more than doubling his season total, he had five in the first two weeks – and played well in both run defense and coverage."

Defensive tackle Danny Shelton graded out as an 84.1.

"Shelton ate up the middle of the field on Sunday, earning an 88.7 run-defense grade from his spot in the defensive interior. Shelton tallied five run stops on 19 run defense snaps; he had just one run stop on 32 run defense snaps in the first two weeks. Shelton had the second-most run stops among all defensive tackles last season, look for more weeks like this one moving forward."

To round out the list of top five performers, cornerback Jason McCourty had an 83.4 while Jamar Taylor struggled on the other side of the field.

Quarterback DeShone Kizer posted a rather average score, 69.7, but he did display some positive attributes.

"If you’re looking for a quarterback to take you to the playoffs this year, Kizer is not your guy. But that’s not what the Browns are focused on, and instead what they’ll be looking at is can he be a franchise quarterback in the long term. There was more good than bad (even with his receivers dropping three passes and doing a bad job of holding onto three more with defensive contact), including three big time throws that show he can really punish a defense over the top. But when it comes to 2017 there are too many errant throws and a tendency to hold the ball that bit too long."

The top performers for the Colts included quarterback Jacoby Brissett (86.2), offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo(84.5), linebacker Jabaal Sheard (81.2), cornerback Nate Hairston (79.4) and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins(79.3).

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