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The game-day inactives were shaken up a bit this week relative to the week prior.

The injury to Will Parks and the (brief) return to health of Ja’Wuan James meant some changes.

game 7 game 8
Adam Gotsis Adam Gotsis
Bryce Callahan Bryce Callahan
Juwann Winfree Will Parks
Troy Fumagalli Troy Fumagalli
Corey Nelson Jake Rodgers
Ja'Wuan James Jonathan Harris
Calvin Anderson Calvin Anderson

Recently acquired defensive lineman Jonathan Harris (Denver is trying to corner the market on players with the last name Harris) was a healthy scratch along with two reserve offensive lineman, Jake Rodgers and Calvin Anderson, and fellow defensive lineman Adam Gotsis. The other three inactives are all still injured: Bryce Callahan, Troy Fumagalli and Parks.

Offensive Snap Percentage

For ease of reading I am only going to show the last 4 games in the table.

Player game 5 game 6 game 7 game 8
Dalton Risner 100% 100% 100% 100%
Garett Bolles 100% 100% 100% 100%
Connor McGovern 100% 100% 100% 100%
Ronald Leary 100% 100% 100% 100%
Joe Flacco 100% 100% 100% 100%
Courtland Sutton 84% 94% 96% 93%
Noah Fant 66% 65% 72% 82%
Elijah Wilkinson 100% 100% 100% 70%
Fred Brown 15% 15% 9% 63%
DaeSean Hamilton 52% 65% 66% 62%
Royce Freeman 54% 61% 63% 51%
Phillip Lindsay 46% 47% 40% 49%
Andy Janovich 31% 37% 19% 38%
Ja'Wuan James 0% 0% 0% 30%
Jeff Heuerman 61% 52% 33% 27%
Andrew Beck 25% 18% 13% 19%
Diontae Spencer 3% 8% 1% 10%
Juwann Winfree 0% 0% 0% 5%
Emmanuel Sanders 64% 40% 88% 0%
Troy Fumagalli 0% 0% 0% 0%
Tim Patrick 0% 0% 0% 0%
Devontae Booker 0% 0% 0% 0%

James lasted 22 snaps before getting hurt again. He has now played 32 offensive snaps on the season. James has a cap number of $8.0MM for 2019, meaning that were he to play all 16 games he would cost the Broncos $500k per game. For the sake of argument let’s assume he is only making his $5.0MM guaranteed money, meaning that he has earned $2.5MM at this point in the season, or $78,125 per offensive snap.

The other four offensive lineman played the whole game together. Elijah Wilkinson has now taken 94% of the snaps for us at RT this season. As an undrafted college free agent his salary is $645k. So he has earned $638 per offensive snap this season.

Because of the injuries and ineffectiveness, the Broncos have 9 starters (of 24) who are earning less than one million in salary (cap number) this season, 11 if you count Phillip Lindsay and Colby Wadman. Using yearly cap number here are the 11

Royce Freeman $910,255
DaeSean Hamilton $740,660
Duke Dawson $695,676
Elijah Wilkinson $645,000
Brandon Allen $645,000
Mike Purcell $645,000
Phillip Lindsay $575,000
Colby Wadman $570,000
Davontae Harris $570,000
Alexander Johnson $570,000
Malik Reed $500,000

Noah Fant played the most that he has in any game so far in his young career. His 82 percent and 60 snaps are both career highs for him. Jeff Heuerman (27 percent) and Andrew Beck (19 percent) played relatively sparingly as the other two TEs. Andy Janovich, as part of the FB/TB group, played his highest percentage of the season at 38 percent. His 28 snaps were also a season high for him.

The WR group saw Fred Brown as the big winner after the Emmanuel Sanders trade. Brown played six offensive snaps in game seven and 46 in game eight. Diontae Spencer saw a slight increase in playing time going up to seven snaps on offense (ten percent). Courtland Sutton played his normal 90+ percent of the offensive snaps. Juwann Winfree got four offensive snaps (5 percent).

Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman against split the RB reps pretty evenly with Freeman getting one more offensive snap (37 to 36). Devontae Booker continued his string of games with zero offensive snaps. Joining him in the zero offensive snaps group was Austin Schlottman, who was our only active reserve offensive lineman after James’ injury.

Defensive Snap Analysis

Player game 5 game 6 game 7 game 8
Justin Simmons 100% 100% 100% 100%
Kareem Jackson 100% 100% 95% 100%
Chris Harris 100% 100% 95% 100%
Davontae Harris 44% 100% 100% 100%
Von Miller 91% 89% 85% 94%
Alexander Johnson 93% 87% 69% 91%
Malik Reed 89% 89% 87% 88%
Todd Davis 100% 100% 95% 81%
Duke Dawson 81% 0% 36% 81%
Derek Wolfe 60% 66% 74% 69%
Shelby Harris 56% 54% 51% 50%
Mike Purcell 29% 30% 59% 39%
Dre'Mont Jones 36% 37% 25% 30%
DeMarcus Walker 19% 34% 51% 25%
Josey Jewell 0% 0% 5% 19%
Jeremiah Attaochu 0% 11% 15% 14%
Coty Sensabaugh 0% 0% 3% 12%
Trey Marshall 4% 0% 5% 5%
Justin Hollins 20% 11% 13% 3%
Isaac Yiadom 39% 19% 5% 0%
Corey Nelson 0% 0% 0% 0%
Adam Gotsis 0% 0% 0% 0%
Will Parks 23% 71% 28% 0%
De'Vante Bausby 17% 0% 0% 0%
Joseph Jones 0% 0% 5% 0%

Four defensive players took every defensive snap: Justin Simmons, Chris Harris, Davontae Harris and Kareem Jackson. Our starting secondary (not counting our nickel CB) played every defensive snap against the Colts. Duke Dawson played 81 percent of the snaps as the nickel CB, which shows how often we had three CBs on the field. Coty Sensabaugh (twelve percent) and Trey Marshall (five percent) were the only other defensive backs to get defensive snaps. Isaac Yiadom has gone from playing nearly every defensive snap in games one and two, to playing less than a street free agent, Sensabaugh, who was signed two weeks ago. He has officially become a wasted draft pick.

In the linebacker group, Von Miller (94 percent), Alexander Johnson (91 percent), Malik Reed (88 percent) and Todd Davis (81 percent) hardly left the field. Davis left for a few plays because of some minor injury. Josey Jewell (19 percent) replaced him. Justin Hollins played a few snaps (three percent, two snaps). Jeremiah Attoachu played 14 percent of the snaps. Corey Nelson and Joseph Jones did not get any defensive snaps.

The defensive line group was rotated pretty evenly this game with Derek Wolfe (69 percent), Shelby Harris (50 percent), Mike Purcell (39 percent), Dre’Mont Jones (30 percent), and Demarcus Walker (25 percent) splitting reps. Walker was used significantly less vs IND than he was vs KC.