Rookie LB Joe Schobert hasn’t been seeing quite as many snaps as he’d like in recent weeks. DC Ray Horton was asked why the winless team was decreasing his role, and he said:
“We’re going to plays guys who are making plays. It’s a production business.”
That’s an interesting position to take since Schobert was at one point considered the most productive rookie LB in the league. Back in the middle of this month, Pro Football Focus noted that he was the No. 1 rookie 3-4 outside linebacker when looking strictly at pass rushing. PFF also said:
“Schobert’s teammate, rookie Carl Nassib, is in second at 6.1, and Emmanuel Ogbah is tied for fourth at 4.6. The Browns have been relying mostly on their rookies to get an edge rush, but it will be much more difficult for the Browns’ D-line this week compared to others. They will face Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin, who have become one of the best pairs of pass-blocking offensive tackles in the NFL. The Browns could use any one of their three edge rushers to step up to pressure QB Marcus Mariota on Sunday.”
That was, of course, in prep for the Titans game, and it could shed some light on Horton’s perspective. In that game, the LB only had a single tackle. The next week, he got two combined tackles (one assisted) against the Bengals. He still does not have any sacks, forced fumbles, interceptions, or other impact stats. The Browns need someone who will make plays and get them their first win.