Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens: Snap Counts

Dustin Bradford

Here are the official snap counts and some grades from Thursday's season opener.

Offense

Player

Total

Run

Pass

Run Block

Pass Block

D. Thomas

71

0

46

25

0

Welker

59

0

43

16

0

J. Thomas

74

0

27

26

21

Clady

74

0

0

26

48

Beadles

74

0

0

26

48

Ramirez

74

0

0

26

48

Vasquez

74

0

0

26

48

Franklin

74

0

0

26

48

Decker

67

0

47

20

0

Manning

74

2

48

24

0

Moreno

40

9

16

3

12

Caldwell

3

0

2

1

0

Tamme

7

0

0

6

1

Green

16

0

1

10

5

Ball

18

8

5

2

3

Hillman

15

4

7

0

4

Notes

- 74 offensive snaps is the benchmark here.

- Along with the offensive line and Peyton Manning, Julius Thomas was the only skill position player to play every snap of the game.

- Wes Welker had 59 snaps. Why is this important? Means the Broncos ran the offense out of their 11 personnel 78.3% of the time. Virgil Green played 16 snaps meaning we utilized 12 personnel 21.6% of the time.

- Bubba Caldwell made the most of his 3 snaps by beating one on one coverage for a TD.

- There may be a running back by committee approach but Knowshon Moreno is clearly the most trusted at the moment. His 40 snaps dwarf the 18 Montee Ball and the 15 Ronnie Hillman had respectively. Speaking of Montee--notice how the Broncos used him in the Redzone?

Grades

Receivers

Demaryius Thomas (+2.6) and Julius Thomas (+1.9) top the rankings. Julius was dinged in the Pass Protection department with an overall grade of -1.3.

As Expected Eric Decker (-5.5) received the absolute worst grade on the entire team. Too many drops. Speaking of Drops and Targets, here's how each receiver fared:

Receiver

Targets

Rec

Drops

Drop Rate

D. Thomas

10

5

0

0%

Decker

7

2

3

60.0%

Welker

11

9

0

0%

J. Thomas

7

5

0

0%

Pass Blocking

The Broncos had 45 passing plays, allowed 2 sacks, 1 QB hit, 6 Hurries (9 total pressures) for a 83.9% pass blocking efficiency.

Lineman

Plays

Sacks

Hits

Hurries

Total Pressures

Franklin

45

0

0

0

0

Clady

45

1

0

4

5

Vasquez

45

0

0

0

0

Beadles

45

1

1

2

4

Ramirez

45

0

0

0

0

Defense

Player

Total

Run

Rush

Coverage

Wolfe

70

18

52

0

Vickerson

37

14

22

1

Knighton

35

13

22

1

Ayers

72

14

56

2

Woodyard

86

23

9

54

Trevathan

67

18

6

43

Rodgers-Cromartie

71

20

0

51

Ihenacho

80

23

6

51

Moore

89

22

2

65

T. Carter

67

12

1

54

Harris Jr.

82

21

3

58

Williams

16

3

13

0

Jackson

37

8

28

1

Unrein

38

10

28

0

Phillips

61

14

37

10

Irving

24

11

3

10

Lenon

8

4

0

4

Adams

29

2

1

26

Bruton

2

0

2

0

Webster

29

3

1

25

- 89 total snaps is the benchmark here. Rahim Moore is the only Broncos defender to play every snap.

- Since Nate Irving only saw the field 24 times, you can guesstimate that the Broncos played in some sort of sub package 74% of the time. I can't say for sure yet exactly how much they played base/nickel/dime etc at this time. It's impossible to tell from these numbers.

- David Bruton played 2 defensive snaps and on both of them he blitzed. Del Rio generated a lot of different blitzes as Woodyard (9), Trevathan (6), Ihenacho (6), Moore (2), Carter (1), Harris Jr. (3), Lenon (4), Adams (2), and Webster (3) all rushed Joe Flacco at various times. How did the defensive line do?

Defensive Line Pass Rush

Lineman

Rush Snaps

Sacks

Hits

Hurries

Total Pressures

Phillips

35

3

1

3

7

Ayers

55

1

1

4

6

Wolfe

51

0

1

1

2

Knighton

21

0

1

1

2

Jackson

27

0

0

1

1

Unrein

22

0

0

0

0

Vick

22

0

0

0

0

Defensive Line Run Stop

- Every Defensive Lineman except Sylvester Williams and Mitch Unrein graded out positively against the run. Your leaders were Shaun Phillips (+2.2), Derek Wolfe (+1.4), and Robert Ayers (+1.4).

Pass Coverage

Player

Targets

Rec

Yds

YAC

Long

TD

INT

PD

Rating

Harris JR.

8

3

48

16

29

0

1

0

18.8

DRC

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

39.9

Webster

2

1

13

0

13

1

0

1

110.4

T. Carter

10

5

97

41

34

0

0

1

84.2

Irving

3

3

17

14

13

0

0

0

90.3

Trevathan

9

4

22

16

8

0

1

1

12.0

Woodyard

7

5

26

22

10

1

0

0

116.7

Ihenacho

7

4

26

21

12

0

0

0

65.2

Adams

3

2

25

2

18

0

0

0

92.4

Moore

4

3

18

13

8

0

0

0

83.3

Don't get caught up too much in the fact that some players allowed a lot of receptions. DRC played absolutely shutout ootball. Tony Carter had the poorest game in coverage allowing the most yards and the longest reception of the game. The safeties did fantastic!!! No huge plays, the biggest one they gave up went for 18 yards. I can live with that. Combined, our linebackers saw 23 targets and only allowed 65 yards in receptions total. Fantastic job all around!

That is all for now MHR, all stats courtesy of pro football focus.

GO BRONCOS!!!

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