Dec. 31, 2017 | Postgame Notes

by Nick Astalos | Jan 02, 2018

Postgame Notes

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers | Heinz Field | Dec. 31, 2017

  • WR Rashard Higgins recorded three receptions for 68 yards with two touchdowns. He is the first Browns player with two receiving touchdowns in a game since WR Andrew Hawkins on Oct. 30, 2016. 
  • RB Duke Johnson rushed for 20 yards with a touchdown and registered six receptions for 75 yards. He led the team this season in receptions (74) and receiving yards (693), while totaling seven touchdowns (four rushing, three receiving). Johnson finished with 1,041 scrimmage yards for the season. His 74 receptions and 693 receiving yards are each the most by a Browns running back in a season.

    Most receptions by a Browns running back in a season

            Player                         Year        Total
    1.     Duke Johnson Jr.      2017           74
    2.     Greg Pruitt                  1981           65

    Most receiving yards by a Browns running back in a season

            Player                         Year        Total
    1.     Duke Johnson Jr.      2017          693
    2.     Dub Jones                   1952          651

  • Rookie DL Myles Garrett recorded one sack and forced fumble. Despite playing just 11 games this season, his seven sacks led the team and were the third-most by a Browns rookie.

    Browns rookie sack leaders           
            Player                         Year          Pos.            Total
    1.     Kamerion Wimbley     2006          LB              11.0
    2.     Jabaal Sheard              2011         DE             8.5
    3.     Myles Garrett            2017          DE              7.0
    4.     Michael Dean Perry    1988          DT              6.0

  • Rookie QB DeShone Kizer set career highs in passing yards (314) and rushing yards (61), while passing for two touchdowns. His 314 passing yards were the fifth-most by a Browns rookie and the Browns first 300-yard passing game since Josh McCown totaled 322 on Nov. 26, 2016. His 419 rushing yards are the most by a Browns quarterback in a season. With 2,894 passing yards this year, he finished with the second-most by a Browns rookie. His 10 touchdown passes were the third-most by a Browns rookie. 

     
    Most passing yards in a game by a Browns rookie
             Player                     Opp.         Date       Comp.     Att.    Yards
    1.      Brandon Weeden     at Oak.    12/2/12         25          36       364
    2.      Cody Kessler           at Ten.    10/16/16        26          41       336
    3.      Brandon Weeden     at Cin.     9/16/12         26          37       322
    4.      Brandon Weeden     at Bal.     9/23/12         24          52       320
    5.      DeShone Kizer       at Pit.     12/31/17        16          30       314         
    6.      Eric Zeier                at Cin.    10/29/95        46          26       310

    Most passing yards by a Browns rookie in a season

             Player                     Year        Games         Starts        Yards
    1.      Brandon Weeden    2012             15                15            3,385
    2.      DeShone Kizer      2017             15                15            2,894
    3.      Tim Couch             1999             15                14            2,447

    Most passing touchdowns by a Browns rookie in a season

          Player                         Year          Games      Starts      TDs
    1.   Tim Couch                  1999              15             14           15
    2.   Brandon Weeden        2012              15             15           14
    3.   DeShone Kizer          2017              15             15           11

    Most rushing yards by a Browns quarterback in a season

             Player                         Year            Att.        Yards
    1.      DeShone Kizer          2017              77            419
    2.      Mike Phipps                1973              60            395

  • WR Josh Gordon recorded four receptions for 115 yards. It was his 10th career 100-yard receiving game the Browns first since WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. recorded 131 yards on Nov. 27, 2016. Gordon registered a 54-yard reception in the second quarter, his longest since an 80-yard grab on Dec. 8, 2013.
  • LB Joe Schobert recorded 12 tackles. He led the team this season with 142 tackles.
  • Rookie Jabrill Peppers recorded his first career interception.
  • Rookie DL Caleb Brantley recorded his second career sack and recovered a fumble.
  • P Britton Colquitt booted five punt for a 38.8 net average. He finished the season with a 40.6 net punting average, the highest in franchise history.

Highest single-season net punting average in Browns history

                                   Player                      Year         Average        
                      
      1.   Britton Colquitt      2017             40.6
                      
      2.   Britton Colquitt        2016             40.3
                      
      3.   Andy Lee                 2015             40.1