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Dimitri Patterson: D
Patterson was beaten badly on a double-move by Bills’ wide receiver Stevie Johnson. The coverage was awful and Johnson was easily able to score uncontested over the middle. That touchdown effectively ended the Browns’ hopes by giving the Bills a 24-14 fourth quarter lead.
He also had a deflected pass bounce right off of his chest. He had nothing but green grass in front of him had he held on for the interception. It’s hard to blame him, the ball was deflected and came at him pretty quick.
What isn’t hard to blame is the bad coverage he displayed again for the Browns. Hopefully the return of Joe Haden will be able to mask the horrible play the team’s secondary in the two weeks since he’s been out.
But as long as Patterson, Brown and Skrine are in the game, there will be ways for offenses to exploit the Browns’ defense.
Buster Skrine: C-
On a drive in the fourth quarter, Skrine broke up a fade pass to Stevie Johnson in the end zone that he almost hauled in for a game ending touchdown. He also recorded three tackles but his size makes him a liability in the running game and it was taken advantage of by the Bills on a couple plays.
He also limits the ability for the Browns' defense to play in press-coverage because he is so easily beaten by the bigger and stronger receivers in the NFL.
Sheldon Brown: D+
Sheldon Brown made a couple plays, including a pass breakup on Stevie Johnson on second down. The play came on the same drive, a play before, the deflection by Skrine in the end zone. He did record six tackles, but most of them were after he had already given up yardage.
One play stood out as the veteran read a quick pass by Fitzpatrick and bottled it up at the line-of-scrimmage for a short gain.
While Brown showed some positive signs, he was continually targeted by the Bills and was unable to stop the team from moving the football.
T.J. Ward: B
Ward continued to rack up the tackles with seven total and six individual stops on the afternoon. He was found out of position on C.J. Spiller’s 32 yard touchdown reception and demonstrated bad pursuit on the play.
Usama Young: B
Young started off relatively well with a good stop on the first defensive play of the game. He didn’t see as much action as the game progressed as rookie Tashaun Gipson was given some playing time. Young recorded six solo tackles but didn’t make much of a difference in the secondary playing next to T.J. Ward.
Tashaun Gipson: B+
The undrafted rookie out of Wyoming got his first significant playing time and made the most out of it. He flew to the ball and made some really good plays in the run defense. He wasn’t tested through the air, though, and it remains to be seen whether Sunday’s performance is a sign of things to come as the Browns’ search for a safety opposite of T.J. Ward.