Denver Broncos Defense: Final Snap Counts and Review

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The final snap count tally, their overall final PFF grades, and even cost per snap played are included.

Denver Bronco Defense

Player

Snaps

%

Grade

Rank

Cap $

Per Snap

Phillips

784

68.3

6.6

18th

1.4M

$1,785

Knighton

604

52.6

24.1

9th

1.75M

$2,897

Jackson

600

52.3

17.8

12th

533K

$888

Wolfe

566

48.3

-14.1

46th

1M

$1,766

Ayers

514

44.8

8.6

15th

2.2M

$4,289

Vickerson

402

35.0

-5.4

57th

2.5M

$6,218

Unrein

357

31.1

1.4

43rd

555K

$1,554

Williams

301

26.2

-2.2

52nd

1.37M

$4,551

Mincey

61

5.3

-0.3

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Fua

12

1.0

-1.7

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160K

$13,333

Player

Snaps

%

Grade

Rank

Base $

Per Snap

Trevathan

963

83.9

6.1

11th

500K

$519

Woodyard

765

66.6

-5.8

27th

3.25M

$4,248

Miller

552

48.1

40.3

1st

4.9M

$8,876

Irving

280

24.4

2.7

15th

728K

$2,600

Lenon

238

20.7

-8.1

32nd

1.5M

$6,302

Marshall

15

1.3

-0.2

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Robinson

21

1.8

-0.6

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Johnson

10

0.8

1.0

---

484K

$48,400

Player

Snaps

%

Grade

Rank

Base $

Per Snap

Harris Jr.

1059

92.2

10.9

9th

555K

$524

DRC

787

68.6

13.0

5th

2.9M

$3,684

Ihenacho

787

68.6

-7.5

75th

480K

$609

Adams

702

61.1

-1.0

39th

2M

$2,849

Moore

672

58.5

0.2

37th

1.2M

$1,785

Webster

487

42.4

-3.9

78th

540K

$1,108

Carter

270

23.5

-5.5

84th

715K

$2,648

Jammer

222

19.3

4.4

32nd

1.5M

$6,756

Bolden

211

18.4

-5.7

65th

600K

$2,843

Bailey

193

16.8

-2.7

67th

10.75M

$55,699

Bruton

151

13.1

2.7

25th

1.2M

$7,947

Huff

42

3.6

-0.2

38th

300K

$7,142

*The Broncos played 1148 snaps on defense

Snap Counts

Shaun Phillips played the most along the defensive line with close to 70% of the total snap count. Ayers, Jackson, Knighton, and Wolfe come on the next tier averaging anywhere from 48-52% of the snaps. Wolfe was on track to play the most out of anyone before his illness.

Trevathan played the most out of any Broncos LB. Next up is Wesley Woodyard and then Von Miller who missed the first 6 games.

Chris Harris takes the title on defense with the highest percentage of snaps played. I was a bit surprised that DRC didn't play more snaps than he did, even if he did miss some time after the NE injury.

Grades

Your highest rated Bronco is Von Miller. He also placed first amongst his position group. The most solid group has to be the defensive line who saw Knighton (9th) and Jackson (12th) place in the top 15 amongst DT's and Ayers (15th) and Phillips (18th) place top 20 amongst DE's.

The Broncos have a great DB tandem of Chris Harris Jr. and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who both rank top 10 amongst NFL corners. With Champ Bailey back and in the slot, this has to be a stronger group heading into the playoffs.

I have to admit it, Quentin Jammer has been a valuable role player providing some much needed decent play as a reserve.

Our safety play has been atrocious, though Rahim Moore was having the best season out of that group before he was injured.

Money

From the Defensive line, the Broncos received the best production per cap dollar from Malik Jackson. Danny Trevathan is the same deal from the linebackers, as is Chris Harris Jr. from the secondary. This is what happens when you have find gems late in the draft and from the undrafted ranks. Not surprisingly Champ Bailey made the most per snap raking in a staggering $55K per play.

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