RB Chris Ogbonnaya - Free Agent

5-0, 220Born: 5-20-1986College: TexasDrafted: Round 7, pick 211 (2009)

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2014 Week 5 vs CHI (8 / 24 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Picked up off the street in midweek, Chris Ogbonnaya capitalized on a goal line opportunity to reach pay dirt, lowering his pads and driving the pile behind a good push from the line. Like Reaves, however, Ogbonnaya found little running room and was stymied by the Bears up front on his handful of touches.

2014 Week 7 vs GB (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Spelling Jonathan Stewart late on with the game out of reach, Chris Ogbannaya was stuffed on his handful of touches by a fired-up Packers defensive front seven that gave Carolina's offensive line fits all afternoon.

2014 Week 8 vs SEA (1 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Ogbonnaya carried once for a nice nine-yard gain between the tackles to spell Jonathan Stewart, but otherwise was an afterthought as Cam Newton and a spry Stewart shouldered the load.

2013 Week 2 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Ogbonnaya did not receive a single carry; however, he was a factor in the passing game. Ogbonnaya seems to have cemented his role as the backup to Trent Richardson, as Ogbonnaya was in on most third downs. However, Obi-Wan squandered his only real chance at a big play when Brandon Weeden's deep pass on a wheel route glanced off his hands. The throw was slightly off-line, but those are the catches that NFL running backs have to make. Ogbonnaya's two catches were as a safety valve, one coming off a deflection at the line of deep pass attempt. The other was as a dump off on a 3rd and 15 that netted

2013 Week 3 vs MIN (2 / 23 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Chris Ogbonnaya recorded the Browns longest run on a draw play up the middle on 3rd and 30. Nobody on the Vikings defense saw it coming as Ogbonnaya waltzed his way off a would-be tackler for 21 yards. Obi-Wan's other run was a first down run early in the first quarter. Whereas McGahee and Rainey are handling the running duties, Ogbonnaya has become the Browns passing down back. Ogbonnaya is a talented receiver out of the backfield and has enough speed to gain yards when defenses are preoccupied with other receiving threats. Ogbonnaya made a big play on the game-winning drive, catching the ball in the flat, making a defender miss, and gaining 11 yards to extend the drive. While frustrating for fantasy owners, it looks like moving forward that the Browns backfield will be split between the law firm of McGahee, Ogbonnaya and Rainey.

2013 Week 5 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Chris Ogbonnaya suffered a head injury (later classified to concussion) via the Browns Twitter feed on Thursday. Ogbonnaya's concussion came via Kiko Alonso early in the second quarter, the same player who knocked Brian Hoyer out of Thursday's game. Ogbonnaya was spotted at practice on Monday, however he did not participate.

2013 Week 6 vs DET (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 12 / 7 / 61 / 1 rec)

Chris Ogbonnaya received only five carries on Sunday; however, he looked very sharp on the ground despite not being known as a talented runner. If one had to describe Chris Ogbonnaya's running style in one word, shifty would be the most applicable adjective. Also, Chris Ogbonnaya has assumed the pass catching duties in the Browns' backfield, receiving an insane number or targets in limited snaps. Obi-Wan's touchdown came via a pass where he jogged into the end zone after being left alone in the far flat. On that play, there was a coverage breakdown in the Lions' secondary, as both DeAndre Levy and Louis Delmas followed Josh Gordon into the end zone on a crossing route. Throughout the game, Ogbonnaya continually made defenders miss with his shifty moves. Specifically, Ogbonnaya received the ball off a screen in the second quarter, made a Lions linebacker miss and accelerated forward for 9 yards and a first down. What he lacks in power and breakaway speed, Ogbonnaya makes up for in agility. One could view him as a poor man's version of Giovani Bernard, the Bengals agile rookie running back.

2013 Week 7 vs GB (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Browns have cut Chris Ogbonnaya's snaps, with Fozzy Whittaker assuming some of the role that Chris Ogbonnaya filled during the first six weeks of the season. While Obi-Wan had 12 targets last week against the Lions, he was only targeted twice against the Packers. Ogbonnaya's best run of the game came early in the second quarter, gaining eight yards after contact and stumbling his way to a nine-yard gain. However, with only five touches, it looks like Ogbonnaya has been relegated to only sparse backup duties for now, rather than a leading pass option in the Browns offense.

2013 Week 8 vs KC (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Whereas with Willis McGahee the idea is to get McGahee between the tackles with good running lanes, the Browns are best off giving the ball to Ogbonnaya on stretch plays and pitches. When towards the sideline, Ogbonnaya has a one cut and go mindset and can quickly gain significant yards as shown on a 12 yard run in the second quarter. However, Ogbonnaya looks weak and unaware between the tackles, carrying the ball twice for zero yards. The Browns offensive line was simply overmatched in the trenches. In the passing game, Ogbonnaya's three catches came simply as a dump off on third down.

2013 Week 9 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)

Chris Ogbonnaya had been quiet up until the Browns' final drive, where Ogbonnaya came through with two huge first down receptions. Ogbonnaya is simply a receiving back without real running talent. However, Jason Campbell has made good use of his running backs the past two weeks (18 targets), so consistent receiving production will be there for Ogbonnaya.

2013 Week 11 vs CIN (8 / 69 / 0 rush, 12 / 6 / 30 / 0 rec)

Chris Ogbonnaya was able to collect the Browns longest run play of the season on Sunday, however, that did not save Ogbonnaya from criticism on other facets of his game. Chris Ogbonnaya shows good burst coming out of the backfield, and is a one cut running back often using that cut to his advantage. For example, Ogbonnaya cut right past Dre Kirkpatrick to get deep into the Bengals secondary on his 43-yard run. However, when Ogbonnaya got past the safeties in the Bengals secondary, he lacked the long speed to separate from the defensive backs chasing him and was eventually brought down from behind. In addition, Obi-Wan lacks vision once he makes it past the offensive line, as he will usually plow into defenders rather than find an auxiliary running lane around defenders. Between the tackles, Ogbonnaya is an underwhelming runner and he can thank the Browns offensive line for the push that turned what would usually be negative or no gains into two or three yard gains. The biggest negatives that Ogbonnaya can be blamed for on Sunday were two Bengals defensive/special teams touchdowns. Chris Ogbonnaya fumbled deep in Browns territory after being lit up by Vontaze Burfict, leading to a touchdown. Before that occurred, Ogbonnaya failed to block a rusher on a punt block by the Bengals that led to six points. Otherwise, Ogbonnaya was productive as a checkdown back, but was not as impressive as his main competition Fozzy Whittaker. While Ogbonnaya replaced McGahee in the second half, Whittaker got the majority of the work as a passing down back in the 4th quarter. Whether that was due to Ogbonnaya's struggles up to that point or the Browns desire to get a look at Fozzy Whittaker remains to be seen.

2013 Week 12 vs PIT (4 / 26 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Chris Ogbonnaya opened the game running tough, consistently getting past the line of scrimmage (a big accomplishment for Browns running backs). However, Obi-Wan was stripped by frequent Browns killer Troy Polamalu in the third quarter. This was Ogbonnaya's second fumble in as many weeks. Ogbonnaya failed to see another carry from that point on. With such marginal return on running the ball, the Browns coaching staff feels like any turnovers from running the football defeat the purpose of even attempting to run. Ogbonnaya averages one fumble per 42 touches in his short NFL career a statistic that must be improved to stay in the league.

2013 Week 13 vs JAX (7 / 20 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

When confronted with a defender in a hole or running lane, Chris Ogbonnaya rarely wins. Ogbonnaya is usually driven back or completely stopped at the point of impact. This leaves a lot to be desired when Ogbonnaya is given the ball. Ogbonnaya hit holes pretty well on Sunday, but he lacks moves in the second level as well as lower body strength to make much of his vision. In the passing game, Ogbonnaya is forced to split receptions with his cohorts in the backfield, limiting his effectiveness and value (2 catches).

2013 Week 14 vs NE (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

As usual, Chris Ogbonnaya operated in as much a passing role as a running role, seeing 4 rush attempts compared to 3 receptions and targets. He displayed solid hands and was there when Jason Campbell needed a dumpoff or outlet.

2013 Week 15 vs CHI (5 / 7 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)

Chris Ogbonnaya's marginal running ability was on full display on Sunday, further cementing him as strictly a check down receiving back. This marginal talent was exemplified on a designed cutback in the first half. Ogbonnaya was able to cut back and had a huge gap with blockers ahead of him, yet he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage due to an inability to burst through a hole with speed. This happened multiple times against the Bears. Ogbonnaya lacks natural running ability but benefited from Jason Campbell's check down habits - leading to his five receptions.

2013 Week 16 vs NYJ (1 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Ogbonnaya only managed two touches as Edwin Baker dominated the touches throughout the game.

2012 Week 2 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)

Ogbonnaya did not receive a carry in the game but played a major role in the passing game and led the team in receptions. His one mistake came in the second quarter when he fumbled after a 21 yard gain on third and seven. Three of his six receptions came on the Browns final drive with the Bengals in prevent, Weeden wisely dumped the ball off to Ogbonnaya, who picked up big chunks and got out of bounds. This could be something to watch for as the Browns could be playing from behind a lot this year.

2012 Week 3 vs BUF (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)

Ogbonnaya spelled Richardson at times, but wasn't any more effective. All of his touches came with the team operating out of a shotgun formation, but he finished with just 20 yards on 3 catches and a single carry.

2012 Week 4 vs BAL (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

"Silent G" played on third downs and was primarily an outlet receiver for Brandon Weeden, catching 2 passes for 10 yards on 4 targets. He moved the chains on a little arrow route over the middle. He could lose touches to Richardson, and soon.

2012 Week 5 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)

Chris Ogbonnaya didn't get a single carry on Sunday but still managed a somewhat decent fantasy day via the passing game. Ogbonnaya got a lot of passes his way and turned one screen pass into a big gain. Ogbonnaya had excellent blocking on the screen and scampered down the field with his speed for the big gain. Ogbonnaya was also an excellent check down option in the passing game from QB Weeden but it was clear that Richardson will carry the ball on almost every down and Ogbonnaya will have to wait for his opportunity.

2012 Week 6 vs CIN (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Ogbonnoya's first reception was a screen pass where he used his blockers well to gain 10 yards before being tackled. He then caught a screen pass when he was hit instantly in the backfield for a five yard loss. He didn't even get a chance to turn. Ogbonnaya's only carry of the game came on 2nd and 16 when the defense was in prevent coverage and he wasn't able to beat the first tackler in his way. He gained six yards.

2012 Week 7 vs IND (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Ogbonnaya was the clear secondary option, even when Richardson was out of the game. He received three targets as a safety valve in the passing game, his usual role in the Browns' passing game. He is clearly behind Richardson and Hardesty in the Cleveland backfield.

2012 Week 8 vs SD (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

With Trent Richardson running so well, Ogbonnaya's opportunities were few and far between. On one opportunity, he had blockers and was pretty open on a designed third down screen pass, but he tried running without the ball and dropped it.

2012 Week 11 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

As the third running back in the Browns' rotation, Ogbonnaya received a situational carry for a first down in the red zone. He lined up at fullback and benefited from a quick dive play as Dallas' attention was on Trent Richardson.

2012 Week 16 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)

Ogbonnaya was in for the first play of the game and caught both of his targets against Denver. On a third down reception, he was stuffed immediately short of the first down marker.

2012 Week 17 vs PIT (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Ogbonnoya came in at the end of the second quarter and ran for a nine yard gain off of right tackle with his first carry. He followed it up with a stop at the line of scrimmage over left guard to end the half.

2011 Week 4 vs PIT (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Foster just coming back from injury, Tate getting hurt mid-game, and Houston running the ball seemingly at will with a conservative post-Andre Johnson gameplan, it would seem that this would be a game where Ogbonnaya would see a decent amount of work. His one carry shows that Houston wasn't comfortable enough to utilize him - at least not without having prepared to do so during a week of practice. He's nothing more than depth at this point.

2011 Week 7 vs SEA (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)

Ogbonnaya got some work in behind Montario Hardesty, mainly as a receiver out of the backfield. It was a good showing from the former wideout (he switched positions while at University of Texas), and even more promising if Peyton Hillis continues to sit. In the first half, Ogbonnaya did a great job following blockers on a 17 yard screen/flare play, and had another big gain on the last play of the half. He showed great hands and run after the catch ability, while reading the holes well on his three carries. They handed him the ball on one third down play against a nickel defense, and he read the holes perfectly to pick up the first down.

2011 Week 8 vs SF (11 / 37 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 24 / 0 rec)

Ogbonnaya came in for his injured teammate Hardesty and played an okay game considering he was facing one of the top run defenses in the NFL. He showed that he has good hands by catching 5 balls out of the backfield and most of his targets came on check downs by McCoy. Ogbonnaya was not able to break many tackles as his longest run of the day was a meager 7 yards. On what was his most explosive carry of the day, Ogbonnaya took a toss out to the left side then turned up field with decent burst then was met by a 49ers defensive player that jarred the ball loose. Luckily his teammate fell on the ball so that they retained possession of the ball. We might see more of Ogbonnaya if both Hillis & Hardesty miss more time.


2011 Week 9 vs HOU (13 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Released by the Texans just a few weeks ago, Ogbonnaya found himself in the starting lineup against his former team when a rash of injuries to the Browns backfield sent him to the top of the depth chart. Ogbonnaya, though, found the sledding quite rough against the stout Houston D. He fumbled on his first touch and things didn't get much better from there. He ran with energy and vision, but there simply wasn't much room to get the running game going, although he did find a little more room to run on his lone reception.

2011 Week 10 vs STL (19 / 90 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Seemed content for the most part to hit the hole as hard as he could and get positive yardage. His first 6 carries went for either 2 or 3 yards as he didn't show a lot of creativity in trying to find a big gain. He had an 11 yard gain on a draw with 55 seconds left in the half and the Rams in their prevent defense. Showed really nice shiftiness in the open field on a screen pass, the problem was there was rarely any open field on running plays. His biggest run of the day came on second and 2 late in the third quarter. For the first time all day he had a nice hole on the right side, and he took advantage. Once at the second level he made one nice cut and broke a weak tackle, finishing off a 32 yard gain. Huge hole in the line and then a nice cut at the second level, one broken tackle and huge gain. Other than that play, Ogbonnaya spent most of the day as a plugger, hitting whatever hole was there, but getting no more than what the line gave him. The upside of that is the Rams rarely had a chance to tackle him in the backfield.

2011 Week 11 vs JAX (21 / 115 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

hris Ogbonnaya got the heavy workload on the ground against a solid JAX run defense and brought some of the Houston mojo with him as he ran well on Sunday. Ogbonnaya enjoyed solid run blocking and employed his one cut zone style against the Jags defense to knock defenders forward and always get good yards out of any situation. Ogbonnaya was able to draw a PI in the endzone which set up 1st and goal from the one. He was subsequently easily able to score on a toss play where he was not touched. On numerous carries it looked like Ogbonnaya was going to go down near the line of scrimmage but he always ran determined and found hole which he turned into big gains and kept the running game a constant threat. Ogbonnaya gave his team a great chance to win in the 4th quarter as he was giving out punishing runs with big yards and exploded up the field for a 40 yard run. Ogbonnaya looked bottled up but was patient and exploited a crease in the JAX defense for a great run that demoralized the JAX defense.

2011 Week 12 vs CIN (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Playing in place of injured RB Montario Hardesty, Ogbonnaya's opportunities were limited by the return of starting RB Peyton Hillis. It is unclear as to why Ogbonnaya only got the 3 carries early in the game, because he provided a nice change of pace to the powerful Hillis. Even WR Greg Little was used to spell Hillis in the second quarter instead of Ogbonnaya. He was mostly used in passing situations as added protection for McCoy and as a safety valve receiver on 3rd downs.

2011 Week 13 vs BAL (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)

His first two catches both went for negative yardage as the Ravens seemed to know that his presence meant a screen pass was coming. Both times he was swarmed as soon as he caught the ball. He made that yardage up and then some after the game had been decided, catching 2 passes for 28 yards on the Browns 4th quarter touchdown drive.

2011 Week 14 vs PIT (2 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

"Silent G" had a pretty silent night with the exception of one carry. On a 3rd-and-20, the former college wide receiver took a handoff on a draw play and sprinted for 28 yards. It was the kind of play that can fire up and inspire an offense, but Cleveland could only claim the field position it gave them as they punted after just three more plays on the drive. Ogbannaya has skills that are conducive to him being a specialty player. He could be a 3rd-down back for many teams, but his skills are wasting away in a miserable offense since he came to Cleveland.

2011 Week 16 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Did not get a carry but lined up out wide and caught a hitch. Took a big hit on the catch but still held on for a 12 yard gain.

2009 Week 16 vs ARI (9 / 45 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Ogbonnaya got a lot of work with Steven Jackson out, and he mainly hammered away with straight-ahead running between the tackles. Ogbonnaya did convert a short yardage carry with good leg drive, but he also got stoned when he got another 3rd and short. His best moves came in the open field after the catch, as Ogbonnaya actually showed very little subtlety in his running style as a back. He did break a few tackles with powerful running, but Ogbonnaya's best carry came in garbage time and he did nothing to suggest that he's a diamond in the rough.