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The Browns are ninth in sacks (18.0), with members of the Browns defensive line accounting for nine of those 18 sacks. Due to the many rotations Cleveland uses, no one player on the defensive line has dominated. In fact, six linemen have recorded at least one sack.
While pressuring the quarterback has been a strength, the defensive line has struggled mightily in stopping the run. The Browns, allowing 4.5 yards per carry and 133.7 yards per game, have allowed five rushing touchdowns and eight runs of 20-plus yards.
Phil Taylor’s presence is sorely missed as teams are running up the middle on the Browns 49 percent of the time. According to Football Outsiders, the Browns are worst in the NFL at stuffing the run. This refers to the percentage of runs where the running back is tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage. Cleveland is only stuffing runners 13 percent of the time.
Jabaal Sheard: C
With only one sack through five weeks, Browns fans are hoping this isn't the same sophomore slump that hit Kamerion Wimbley.
Juqua Parker: C
Along with two sacks, the veteran has brought nice depth and leadership to the unit.
Frostee Rucker: B-
The former Bengal is a big improvement over Jaime Mitchell. He is stout against the run and already has two sacks
Ahtyba Rubin: B
The most underrated defensive lineman in the league has 14 solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. He has struggled without the presence of Phil Taylor.
Billy Winn/John Hughes: C-
These rookies have gone through baptism by fire, with both being thrown into the starting lineup at times this season. They have struggled against the run but have flashed some playmaking ability.