Our good buddies at Pro Football Focus have been kind enough to give us a complete breakdown of the players for the Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns game. With an exciting finish, it can be easy to completely miss the in-depth play of each player.
In his first start, quarterback Matt Schaub had a pretty rough game. He wasn't bad to start the evening in terms of production, but the two interceptions were really bad throws and decisions. With the offense obviously kept simple for him by offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, Schaub wasn't going to grade highly here regardless of how well he did. Hopefully he can build off of that performance and put together something better against the Miami Dolphins in week 13.
Also starting for the first time was rookie Javorius Allen. The young running back was able to do pretty well on the ground, but excelled in the passing game as PFF notes with his 3rd highest receiving grade. His backup, Terrance West didn't do bad or good on his first trip to his former team mainly because the Ravens just never gave him too many snaps.
Kamar Aiken continued his on again, off again performances with a 2.4 overall grade and the 11th best receiving grade for the week. At times Aiken looks like he could be the answer for the Ravens as an intermediate threat and other times he just disappears completely. The Ravens want to see him stack a few of these types of games together so they know what they are working with.
Other than Schaub on offense, the only really bad grade goes to right tackle Ricky Wagner. He has had a pretty bad year overall and needs to get back to his 2014 form or the Ravens might look elsewhere for a player capable of protecting it's quarterbacks.
On defense, the standouts were Timmy Jernigan and Chris Canty at the defensive end spot. Both of them offered a renewed pass rush against the Cleveland Browns offensive line. Jernigan was reportedly the one that knocked quarterback Josh McCown out of the game with a broken collarbone after delivering one of the hardest hits I've ever seen.
Like I wrote after the game, cornerback Shareece Wright deserves some recognition for his play. The 8th best coverage grade against the Cleveland Browns was a big difference in the secondary playing significantly better as of late. Even Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb stepped up their play, as both of them graded positively. Jimmy Smith might not be up to par and I think he had a pretty awful night, but the secondary as a whole is doing a lot better in the second half of the season.