Stat Snip: Mid- Season Review

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

This past game against the Saints was incredible, a fantastic game by the entire team. One thing I noticed about the past few games though was the changing of the makeup of the team in terms of who was getting more or less playing time.

So to look at this I wanted to track how many snaps each player has gotten for the past seven games. I'll brake this down by position so we can see who may be on the up and up and who may be losing snaps. Now I will include the snaps played in each game by each player out of the possible snaps for their position in that game. So take game 1 and Chris Harris. There were 81 defensive snaps and he played in 65 of those snaps.

This doesn't include special teams snaps, only snaps on offense or defense.

Hope you enjoy.

Quarterback:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Hanie, Caleb QB 0 59 0 77 0 82 0 80 0 67 0 59 0 74
Manning, Peyton QB 59 59 77 77 82 82 79 80 67 67 59 59 71 74
Osweiler, Brock QB 0 59 0 77 0 82 1 80 0 67 0 59 3 74

Thoughts:
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Not much to note here

Running Back:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Ball, Lance RB 2 59 13 77 42 82 22 80 9 67 1 59 3 74
Gronkowski, Chris FB 6 59 0 77 5 82 5 80 4 67 3 59 4 74
Hillman, Ronnie RB 0 59 0 77 12 82 21 80 5 67 10 59 27 74
McGahee, Willis RB 41 59 53 77 28 82 36 80 42 67 48 59 43 74
Moreno, Knowshon RB 16 59 1 77 0 82 0 80 0 67 0 59 0 74

Thoughts:
- The snap counts for Moreno has obviously fallen after his fumble
- Lance Ball has also lost snaps in recent weeks
- Hillman saw a season high number of snaps last week, but his snap count has been up and down, not consistent

Tight End:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Dreessen, Joel TE 51 59 59 77 51 82 58 80 43 67 40 59 67 74
Green, Virgil TE 0 59 0 77 0 82 0 80 1 67 5 59 34 74
Tamme, Jacob TE 49 59 27 77 57 82 43 80 43 67 38 59 24 74
Thomas, Julius TE 0 59 1 77 0 82 1 80 0 67 0 59 0 74


Thoughts:
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It's clear that Dreessen is the #1 tight end, largely because his versatility, though Tamme has gotten a lot of snaps as well
- Green has rapidly filled into his role, getting more snaps each week since returning from his suspension, mostly pulling snaps away from Tamme
- Thomas has really not seen any playing time and with Green now playing well, that's likely not to change

Wide Receiver:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Caldwell, Andre WR 0 59 0 77 0 82 30 80 1 67 0 59 0 74
Decker, Eric WR 54 59 74 77 79 82 75 80 64 67 54 59 68 74
Holliday, Trindon WR 0 59 0 77 0 82 0 80 0 67 0 59 0 74
Stokley, Brandon WR 15 59 63 77 51 82 35 80 51 67 35 59 27 74
Thomas, Demaryius WR 55 59 77 77 79 82 74 80 60 67 57 59 62 74
Willis, Matthew WR 4 59 7 77 5 82 0 80 11 67 4 59 10 74

Thoughts:
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There is little doubt that DT and Decker are the top two wide receivers
- Caldwell saw a lot of action in week 4 but hasn't been able to get on the field since then
- Willis is able to snatch a few snaps each week, but Stokley is clearly the #3 wide receiver

Offensive Tackle:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Clady, Ryan T 59 59 77 77 82 82 79 80 67 67 59 59 71 74
Clark, Chris T 2 59 1 77 1 82 1 80 3 67 4 59 3 74
Franklin, Orlando T 59 59 76 77 82 82 80 80 65 67 55 59 74 74

Thoughts:
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There is almost no change here, Clady and Franklin are the starters and Clark comes in as a 6th lineman

Offensive Guard:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Beadles, Zane G 59 59 77 77 82 82 80 80 67 67 59 59 74 74
Kuper, Chris G 0 59 0 77 0 82 0 80 0 67 59 59 71 74
Ramirez, Manny G 59 59 77 77 82 82 80 80 67 67 0 59 3 74

Thoughts:
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Outside of Kuper's return and the subsequent fall of Manny Ramerez, not much to note here

Center:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Davis, C.J. C 0 59 0 77 0 82 0 80 0 67 0 59 0 74
Koppen, Dan C 0 59 0 77 0 82 42 80 67 67 59 59 74 74

Thoughts:
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Nothing to note here

Defensive Tackle:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Bannan, Justin DT 30 81 42 69 44 71 25 57 54 97 38 79 25 62
Siliga, Sealver DT 0 81 0 69 0 71 0 57 0 97 0 79 0 62
Unrein, Mitch DT 40 81 28 69 32 71 20 57 42 97 19 79 21 62
Vickerson, Kevin DT 28 81 37 69 40 71 22 57 47 97 36 79 24 62

Thoughts:
- Mitch Unrein started the season seeing a good number of snaps, but he is losing snaps to the other tackles
- The strange thing is there really is no trend, which leads me to think that snap count largely depends on the game plan
- Another thing to note, while Derek Wolfe is listed as a defensive end by the Broncos, he is actually nearly splitting his snaps between end and tackle, and that's been rising, so he is stealing snaps from the actual tackles

Defensive End:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Ayers, Robert DE 12 81 9 69 18 71 22 57 24 97 38 79 19 62
Dumervil, Elvis DE 73 81 64 69 63 71 52 57 91 97 71 79 58 62
Wolfe, Derek DE 65 81 60 69 60 71 47 57 87 97 75 79 58 62
Jackson, Malik DL 0 81 8 69 8 71 4 57 5 97 0 79 2 62

Thoughts:
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Robert Ayers has slowly seen his snap count rise which seems to be because of Wolfe seeing more tackle snaps, meaning Ayers comes in when Wolfe shifts inside
- Jackson saw a few snaps per game when Doom was a bit sore early in the season but hasn't seen much playing time since

Linebacker:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Brooking, Keith LB 9 81 36 69 50 71 28 57 18 97 38 79 23 62
Johnson, Steven LB 0 81 0 69 0 71 0 57 0 97 0 79 0 62
Trevathan, Danny LB 0 81 0 69 0 71 23 57 5 97 16 79 25 62
Irving, Nate LB 0 81 0 69 2 71 0 57 4 97 9 79 6 62
Mays, Joe LB 81 81 62 69 70 71 0 57 92 97 0 79 0 62
Miller, Von LB 77 81 66 69 69 71 55 57 65 97 69 79 57 62
Woodyard, Wesley LB 72 81 40 69 15 71 57 57 81 97 79 79 62 62

Thoughts:
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While Brooking immediately took over Mays job as middle linebacker, he has begun to lose snaps to Trevathan on passing downs and Irving on the occasional run down
- The trend at middle linebacker is important to watch, especially in the long run

Cornerback:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Bailey, Champ CB 81 81 65 69 71 71 44 57 95 97 79 79 47 62
Bolden, Omar CB 0 81 0 69 0 71 0 57 0 97 0 79 14 62
Carter, Tony CB 1 81 38 69 16 71 13 57 0 97 41 79 41 62
Harris, Chris CB 65 81 0 69 48 71 29 57 65 97 78 79 62 62
Porter, Tracy CB 80 81 62 69 23 71 56 57 92 97 0 79 0 62

Thoughts:
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Tony Carter is one of the rising players, look for him to eat at Porter's snaps when he returns
- Omar Bolden saw playing time in game 7, but only at the end, garbage time when Bailey came out

Safety:

Name Position Gm 1 Snaps Total Gm 2 Snaps Total Gm 3 Snaps Total Gm 4 Snaps Total Gm 5 Snaps Total Gm 6 Snaps Total Gm 7 Snaps Total
Adams, Mike S 81 81 69 69 71 71 57 57 97 97 67 79 62 62
Bruton, David S 0 81 0 69 0 71 8 57 0 97 0 79 0 62
Leonhard, Jim S 10 81 5 69 2 71 8 57 7 97 37 79 22 62
Moore, Rahim S 81 81 62 69 71 71 57 57 95 97 79 79 54 62

Thoughts:
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Jim Leonhard has started to take away snaps from Rahim Moore and Mike Adams

So what are your thoughts, any players you are happy seeing more snaps, or is there a player you'd like to see less snaps?

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