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Who is playing more? Who is playing less?

NFL: Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

I was lazy last week and didn’t get this done for the Rams game, so that data is going to be included in this week’s installment of snaps count. As always, this will be mostly data with little prose

Game-Day Inactive List through Game 7

game 1 QB 9 K.Hogan WR 16 I.McKenzie CB 41 I.Yiadom LB 45 A.Johnson DE 57 D.Walker T 68 E.Wilkinson G 70 S.Jones
game 2 QB 9 K.Hogan DB 38 S.Thomas CB 41 I.Yiadom LB 45 A.Johnson DE 57 D.Walker T 68 E.Wilkinson G 70 S.Jones
game 3 QB 9 K.Hogan CB 24 A.Jones S 35 Dy.Thomas LB 45 A.Johnson DE 57 D.Walker T 68 E.Wilkinson G 70 S.Jones
game 4 QB 9 K.Hogan CB 22 T.Brock DB 38 S.Thomas LB 45 A.Johnson DE 57 D.Walker T 68 E.Wilkinson G 70 S.Jones
game 5 QB 9 K.Hogan CB 22 T.Brock DB 38 S.Thomas LB 45 A.Johnson DE 57 D.Walker T 66 J.Veldheer G 70 S.Jones
game 6 QB 9 K.Hogan CB 24 A.Jones DB 38 S.Thomas LB 45 A.Johnson DE 57 D.Walker T 66 J.Veldheer G 70 S.Jones
game 7 QB 9 K.Hogan CB 24 A.Jones S 35 Dy.Thomas LB 45 A.Johnson OLB 56 S. Ray G 65 R.Leary T 66 J.Veldheer

With Shane Ray shelved due to injury, Demarcus Walker was game-day active for the first time this season in game 7. The injury to Ronald Leary and Jared Veldheer allowed both Sam Jones and Elijah Wilkinson to be game-day active.

Offensive snap percentage through game 7

Player Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7
Connor McGovern 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 76% 100%
Matt Paradis 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Jared Veldheer 100% 48% 100% 27% 0% 0% 0%
Garett Bolles 100% 100% 100% 100% 84% 100% 100%
Ronald Leary 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 58% 0%
Case Keenum 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 98% 100%
Emmanuel Sanders 86% 82% 88% 90% 95% 85% 73%
Jeff Heuerman 81% 62% 60% 88% 69% 88% 81%
Demaryius Thomas 72% 89% 79% 85% 61% 73% 69%
Courtland Sutton 59% 82% 78% 70% 77% 53% 68%
Jake Butt 49% 39% 51% 0%
Royce Freeman 39% 24% 43% 27% 39% 38% 31%
Phillip Lindsay 35% 42% 16% 40% 38% 30% 59%
Devontae Booker 26% 33% 38% 33% 29% 33% 10%
DaeSean Hamilton 19% 18% 22% 10% 42% 27% 7%
Andy Janovich 18% 17% 19% 28% 13% 26% 34%
Tim Patrick 12% 6% 3% 3% 8% 3% 27%
Billy Turner 3% 53% 0% 73% 100% 100% 100%
Matt LaCosse 1% 3% 1% 25% 25% 41% 31%
Brian Parker 0% 0% 0% 0% 6% 3% 8%
Max Garcia 0% 67% 100%
Chad Kelly 0% 2% 0%
Elijah Wilkinson 16% 0% 2%

Both Andy Janovich and Phillip Lindsay saw their season high (and career-high) in offensive snap % last game. Tim Patrick played almost one third of the offensive snaps. Both Billy Turner and Max Garcia played the entire game on offense against a pretty good defensive front and the offense still looked competent. This is huge testament to the new offensive line coaches in the Denver. Both Turner and Garcia are playing significantly better this season than they have in their careers heretofore.

Defensive Snap Percentage through game 7

Player Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7
Justin Simmons 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Chris Harris 100% 97% 99% 96% 100% 100% 97%
Darian Stewart 100% 97% 88% 100% 92% 97% 11%
Bradley Roby 95% 89% 78% 96% 74% 100% 98%
Bradley Chubb 95% 74% 69% 73% 68% 72% 88%
Von Miller 88% 77% 68% 68% 74% 70% 85%
Brandon Marshall 88% 80% 46% 73% 84% 84% 94%
Derek Wolfe 82% 74% 68% 63% 73% 61% 70%
Adam Jones 67% 31% 0% 68% 15% 0% 0%
Todd Davis 65% 88% 72% 77% 63% 74% 76%
Domata Peko 44% 52% 49% 46% 61% 50% 42%
Will Parks 40% 22% 51% 22% 40% 18% 91%
Adam Gotsis 37% 43% 44% 46% 47% 35% 42%
Shane Ray 32% 28% 43% 36% 32% 24% 0%
Shelby Harris 26% 34% 42% 33% 34% 24% 32%
Zach Kerr 19% 32% 32% 29% 40% 32% 38%
Josey Jewell 12% 22% 53% 32% 40% 27% 11%
Shaquil Barrett 7% 26% 39% 35% 34% 43% 36%
Tramaine Brock 4% 35% 8% 0% 0% 77% 42%
Isaac Yiadom 0% 0% 43% 6% 29% 11% 12%
Shamarko Thomas 0% 0% 8% 0% 0% 0% 20%
Dymonte Thomas 0% 0% 0% 0% 2% 0% 0%
DeMarcus Walker 0% 15%

Shamarko Thomas and Demarcus Walker both saw their first defensive snaps this season in game 7. Shamarko, who has always been a special teams ace, had some huge plays on kickoff coverage. DeMarcus recovered the strip-sack fumble on the play where Von Miller blew up a double team, gets held and still chases Josh Rosen down to cause a fumble.

Notice that we played a lot more base defense in game 7 than we have been playing with Brandon Marshall on the field for 94% of the defensive snaps - that was a season high for him. Von also played 85% of the defensive snaps after only playing 68% in both games 3 and 4.