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Broncos vs. Texans snap count review

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Injuries have forced some of the Denver Broncos depth into the spotlight.

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Two players were game-day inactives for the first time this season: Brandon Marshall and Bradley Roby. The other five gameday inactives were DaeSean Hamilton, Darian Stewart, Royce Freeman, Sam Jones and Niko Falah. With the exceptions of Jones and Falah, the others on the game-day inactive list were there because of injuries. This forced many folks who had been healthy scratches or who had been injured into significant snaps this game.

On offense here are the snap percentages:

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

River Cracraft, who was signed off of the practice squad when Isaiah McKenzie was waived (again), played some offensive snaps and was used used as a punt returner when Adam Jones got dinged. Elijah Wilkinson was forced into his first extended duty when Matt Paradis broke his leg in the second quarter. With Demaryius Thomas playing for the other team, Courtland Sutton got 85% of the offensive snaps while Tim Patrick moved into what had been Sutton’s role of WR3. Sutton’s 85% was a season and career high. With 73% Patrick also saw a season and career high in snap%. Despite having the best game of his career, Jeff Heuerman was down to 71% of the offensive snaps after being in the 80% range for the previous three games.

Defensively the big news was the return (and/or debut) of Su’a Cravens. He played 44% of the defensive snaps and with both Justin Simmons and Will Parks playing 100% of the defensive snaps, Cravens was playing the hybrid S/LB role that we expected to see him play when he was signed.

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

Josey Jewell played 77% of the defensive snaps and only looked lost/out of place a few times that I saw. Demarcus Walker saw 15% of the defensive snaps (9 total), but he was disruptive on those snaps registering three total tackles, 1.0 sack and another QB hit. I think he is starting to find his place in our defense and I expect to see and hear much more from him after the bye. Keishawn Bierria saw his first career defensive snaps with Marshall being inactive.

It’s interesting that Isaac Yiadom was healthy and active, but did not get a single defensive snap even with Roby out. It would appear that we only played three CBs this game: Chris Harris Jr, Tramaine Brock and Adam Jones. I guess the coaching staff felt that we matched up well with Houston’s receivers when they went to 4WR sets (if they ever did) by using 3 cornerbacks and three safeties.