Browns studs and duds: Safeties shine in Week 15 win over Ravens

Browns, John Johnson III. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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Browns, Kareem Hunt
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Stud: Grant Delpit, Safety

Facing a third and eight, Tyler Huntley fumbled the ball but it was recovered by Devin Duvernay who tried to advance the ball. However, Grant Delpit had other plans as he was there to stuff the wideout for a one-yard gain. That play ended the Ravens’ drive and forced them to go for a field goal rather than try for the lead.

That was the second time Delpit made a big play as he forced Huntley out of bounds for a four-yard loss on the prior drive.

In all, Delpit had nine tackles — sharing the lead with John Johnson — and had two go for a loss.

Dud: Kareem Hunt, Running Back

This has not been the season Kareem Hunt hoped for. He entered Week 15 with just 423 yards on the ground and is right at 4.0 yards per attempt — which is a career low. He was also coming off a six-yard outing against the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend.

Overall, his average per attempt was fine against the Ravens — 6.0 yards per run — but he was aided by a nine-yard run on third and long. He finished with 24 yards on four rushes but had a couple of runs that went for just one yard, and set them up with third and long situations.

Nick Chubb finished with 21 carries and while it was enough to get the win, that’s a recipe to shorten a career. Cleveland needs a second back to take some of the load and Hunt hasn’t been doing that with consistency.