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Broncos 2018 first quarter (of the season) snap count review

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Let’s review the first four games and see how the snap counts were distributed on the Denver Broncos offense and defense.

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Since, I just wrote up 3rd and long as well. I’m about typed-out for the day, so there is gong to be very little prose in this piece. I’ll post the data, you can make of it what you will. Tables first for those who prefer that kind of view.

Offensive

Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4
Connor McGovern 100% 100% 100% 100%
Matt Paradis 100% 100% 100% 100%
Jared Veldheer 100% 48% 100% 27%
Garett Bolles 100% 100% 100% 100%
Ronald Leary 100% 100% 100% 100%
Case Keenum 100% 100% 100% 100%
Emmanuel Sanders 86% 82% 88% 90%
Jeff Heuerman 81% 62% 60% 88%
Demaryius Thomas 72% 89% 79% 85%
Courtland Sutton 59% 82% 78% 70%
Jake Butt 49% 39% 51% 0%
Royce Freeman 39% 24% 43% 27%
Phillip Lindsay 35% 42% 16% 40%
Devontae Booker 26% 33% 38% 33%
DaeSean Hamilton 19% 18% 22% 10%
Andy Janovich 18% 17% 19% 28%
Tim Patrick 12% 6% 3% 3%
Billy Turner 3% 53% 0% 73%
Matt LaCosse 1% 3% 1% 25%

Defensive

Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4
Justin Simmons 100% 100% 100% 100%
Chris Harris 100% 97% 99% 96%
Darian Stewart 100% 97% 88% 100%
Bradley Roby 95% 89% 78% 96%
Bradley Chubb 95% 74% 69% 73%
Von Miller 88% 77% 68% 68%
Brandon Marshall 88% 80% 46% 73%
Derek Wolfe 82% 74% 68% 63%
Adam Jones 67% 31% 0% 68%
Todd Davis 65% 88% 72% 77%
Domata Peko 44% 52% 49% 46%
Will Parks 40% 22% 51% 22%
Adam Gotsis 37% 43% 44% 46%
Shane Ray 32% 28% 43% 36%
Shelby Harris 26% 34% 42% 33%
Zach Kerr 19% 32% 32% 29%
Josey Jewell 12% 22% 53% 32%
Shaquil Barrett 7% 26% 39% 35%
Tramaine Brock 4% 35% 8% 0%
Isaac Yiadom 0% 0% 43% 6%
Shamarko Thomas 0% 0% 8% 0%

Now for the pretty pictures :-)

Offensive Data

Connor McGovern, Matt Paradis, Garett Bolles and Ronald Leary have played every offensive for us so far this year. Turner has played quite well when he has been called upon. Turner has currently played 30% of the offensive snaps this year. PFF has him ranked as the 34th best OT in the game and he has only allowed one sack according the data from the Washington Post.

Losing Jake Butt for the year hurts because Jeff Heuerman proved last game that he is not a quality NFL TE. There is no way he should be on the field for close to 90% of the offensive snaps in any game (just my opinion). He got his lunch money stolen on the interception last game.

It’s interesting to see the balance here particularly if you factor out the 3rd game where Lindsay got ejected. I like the trend line for Andy Janovich and I hope that continues.

Nothing really of note here other than to show we run 4WR sets about one out of every five plays.

Defensive Data

It looks like we are trying to keep Wolfe fresh by getting Gotsis and Harris more PT.

Todd Davis is now playing more than Brandon Marshall (due partly to injury). Josey Jewell appears to be an interchangeable part now at ILB, which is a good thing.

The symmetry here shows that Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett and the Backups for Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. I like that we are getting Von some rest, but I don’t like that there have been critical late game defensive snaps where Von is on the sideline instead of in the game. That can’t be allowed to happen. I thought the whole point of getting him rest early in the game was so that he could be fresh in the 4th quarter when he really needs to shine.

Justin Simmons has yet to miss a defensive snap for us this year.

It will be interesting to see if Isaac Yiadom has learned enough at any point during his rookie season to start getting some rotational snaps in place of Tramaine Brock or Adam Jones (assuming that they both stay healthy or return to health).

So did any of this surprise you?

For those who want to see the special teams snaps you can view the data here.