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Broncos’ snap counts during two-game win streak

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Who has played more and who less during the past two weeks?

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The past two weeks have yielded two victories, and it’s definitely worth noting which players are responsible for that.

The Broncos’ game-day inactives against the Chargers and Steelers were almost the same - with the exception of one player.

game 10 S 35 Dy.Thomas S 38 S.Thomas LB 45 A.Johnson ILB 54 B.Marshall DE 57 D.Walker C 74 N.Falah G 76 M.Garcia
game 11 S 35 Dy.Thomas S 38 S.Thomas LB 45 A.Johnson ILB 54 B.Marshall DE 57 D.Walker C 74 N.Falah G 70 S.Jones

Demarcus Walker continues to be a healthy scratch. He now has fewer total NFL defensive snaps (121) in 1.5 seasons than Justin Simmons gets in two games. Max Garcia was placed on the IR, but instead of keeping Sam Jones active for game 11, Cyrus Kouandjio was re-signed and activated, creating a situation in which all of the Broncos’ tackle depth is playing guard right now.

Broncos do actually have a tackle on the practice squad after re-signing Dan Skipper (who was measured at the NFL combine at 6-foot-9.6 inches tall) to the practice squad after Andreas Knappe (who had been the only OT on it) was lost for the season to an injury. Skipper is the second tallest player ever invited to the NFL combine. He’s terrible at blocking, but he’s tall and John Elway likes tall players.

Offensive snap percentages

Player Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Game 8 Game 9 Game 10 Game 11
Connor McGovern 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 76% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Matt Paradis 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 39%
Jared Veldheer 100% 48% 100% 27% 0% 0% 0% 0% 100% 100% 100%
Garett Bolles 100% 100% 100% 100% 84% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Ronald Leary 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 58% 0%
Case Keenum 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 98% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Emmanuel Sanders 86% 82% 88% 90% 95% 85% 73% 81% 92% 89% 77%
Jeff Heuerman 81% 62% 60% 88% 69% 88% 81% 86% 71% 86% 75%
Demaryius Thomas 72% 89% 79% 85% 61% 73% 69% 71% 0%
Courtland Sutton 59% 82% 78% 70% 77% 53% 68% 67% 85% 89% 74%
Jake Butt 49% 39% 51% 0%
Royce Freeman 39% 24% 43% 27% 39% 38% 31% 0% 23% 26%
Phillip Lindsay 35% 42% 16% 40% 38% 30% 59% 56% 58% 57% 63%
Devontae Booker 26% 33% 38% 33% 29% 33% 10% 44% 39% 20% 11%
DaeSean Hamilton 19% 18% 22% 10% 42% 27% 7% 0% 0% 25% 51%
Andy Janovich 18% 17% 19% 28% 13% 26% 34% 25% 23% 16% 37%
Tim Patrick 12% 6% 3% 3% 8% 3% 27% 26% 73% 48% 14%
Billy Turner 3% 53% 0% 73% 100% 100% 100% 100% 5% 100% 100%
Matt LaCosse 1% 3% 1% 25% 25% 41% 31% 37% 38% 34% 47%
Brian Parker 0% 0% 0% 0% 6% 3% 8% 0% 6% 9% 16%
Max Garcia 0% 67% 100% 100% 100%
Chad Kelly 0% 2% 0%
Elijah Wilkinson 16% 0% 2% 3% 61% 100% 100%
Isaiah McKenzie 4%
River Cracraft 11% 4% 5%
Cyrus Kouandjio 4%

Broncos used Kouandjio on two plays as a sixth offensive lineman, meaning Broncos had five of its 11 offensive players as offensive tackles. That has to be an NFL record.

Andy Janovich played a season high 37 percent of the offensive snaps. I thought that this might have been a career high, but I had forgotten that Broncos used Janovich way more in 2016 than ever since. Jano was only healthy for 11 games in 2016, but he played 235 offensive snaps. In 2017 he was healthy for the entire season yet only totaled 164 snaps, never playing more than 18 offensive plays in any game. His 189 offensive snaps in 11 games this year already tops his total from 2017. Jano’s 21 snaps against the Steelers were a season high for him. It was the most offensive snaps he has gotten since he played 32 in the home loss to Kansas City in 2016.

Tim Patrick was a player who lost snaps to Janovich on Sunday. Phillip Lindsay’s 63 percent on Sunday was a career high for him as was DaeSean Hamilton’s 51 percent of snaps. Brian Parker, who will see the field more now that Jeff Heuerman is lost for the season (again), got a career high 16 percent of the offensive snaps. Expect that to go up against Cincinnati.

Defensive Snaps

Player Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5 Game 6 Game 7 Game 8 Game 9 Game 10 Game 11
Justin Simmons 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Chris Harris 100% 97% 99% 96% 100% 100% 97% 100% 98% 97% 97%
Darian Stewart 100% 97% 88% 100% 92% 97% 11% 0% 0% 100% 100%
Bradley Roby 95% 89% 78% 96% 74% 100% 98% 98% 0% 81% 88%
Bradley Chubb 95% 74% 69% 73% 68% 72% 88% 90% 76% 77% 77%
Von Miller 88% 77% 68% 68% 74% 70% 85% 90% 82% 77% 69%
Brandon Marshall 88% 80% 46% 73% 84% 84% 94% 29% 0% 0 0
Derek Wolfe 82% 74% 68% 63% 73% 61% 70% 76% 68% 69% 62%
Adam Jones 67% 31% 0% 68% 15% 0% 0% 0% 37% 6%
Todd Davis 65% 88% 72% 77% 63% 74% 76% 95% 84% 88% 82%
Domata Peko 44% 52% 49% 46% 61% 50% 42% 66% 53% 51% 33%
Will Parks 40% 22% 51% 22% 40% 18% 91% 100% 100% 43% 54%
Adam Gotsis 37% 43% 44% 46% 47% 35% 42% 34% 44% 39% 45%
Shane Ray 32% 28% 43% 36% 32% 24% 0% 0% 21% 32% 31%
Shelby Harris 26% 34% 42% 33% 34% 24% 32% 28% 40% 36% 46%
Zach Kerr 19% 32% 32% 29% 40% 32% 38% 26% 39% 32% 38%
Josey Jewell 12% 22% 53% 32% 40% 27% 11% 64% 77% 53% 41%
Shaquil Barrett 7% 26% 39% 35% 34% 43% 36% 33% 31% 30% 28%
Tramaine Brock 4% 35% 8% 0% 0% 77% 42% 55% 85% 65% 41%
Isaac Yiadom 0% 0% 43% 6% 29% 11% 12% 0% 0% 1% 29%
Shamarko Thomas 0% 0% 8% 0% 0% 0% 20% 0% 0%
Dymonte Thomas 0% 0% 0% 0% 2% 0% 0% 14% 0%
DeMarcus Walker 0% 15% 3% 15%
Su'a Cravens 44% 21% 31%
Keishawn Bierria 6% 1% 6%

Von Miller got a fair amount of rest this last game, only playing 69 percent of the defensive snaps after playing 90 percent in Game 8. Shelby Harris saw a season high 46 percent of the defensive snaps against the Steelers and that worked out well. Domata Peko played a season low 33 percent. With the release of Adam Jones and the in-game injury to Tramaine Brock, Isaac Yiadom was pressed into service, seeing 29 percent of the defensive snaps.

Is there anything else that jumps out to you in the trends here? Sound off in the comments.