The seven game-day inactives for this game were largely unchanged from game one with two exceptions: ILB 51 Todd Davis, CB 29 Bryce Callahan, WR 15 Juwann Winfree, FB 32 Andy Janovich, ILB 43 Joe Jones, T 70 Ja’Wuan James, and DL 98 Mike Purcel.
Ja’Wuan James was inactive because of injury along with Todd Davis, Andy Janovich, Bryce Callahan and Joe Jones. The two healthy inactives were Juwann Winfree and Mike Purcell. Relative to game one, Corey Levin was released and then resigned to the practice squad and Dre’Mont Jones was active instead of Mike Purcell.
Offensive snaps and snap percentage
The Denver Broncos offensive line played the entire game together. This is generally a good thing. Their two starting wide receivers played 93% of the offensive snaps or more. Jeff Heuerman’s role was increased relative to Week 1 (33% to 46%), while Noah Fant’s role was reduced (81% to 66%).
Denver used their FB, Andrew Beck, on seven offensive snaps, which is up from the one that he got in game one. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman again split the RB snaps almost 50/50. Devontae Booker got zero offensive snaps (but did see 14 special teams snaps). DaeSean Hamilton played 54 offensive snaps (same number as Noah Fant). River Cracraft and Diontae Spencer both got in a few offensive snaps.
Besides Booker the other two offensive players who did not get a single offensive snap were Austin Schlottman and Jake Rodgers.
Defensive snaps and snap percentage
Six defensive players played every defensive snap for the Broncos. In the three or four years that I have been tracking this, that is the most defensive players that I have seen do that in one game for the Broncos. Von Miller, while not one of them, did take 95% of the defensive snaps. Bradley Chubb was one of them and Derek Wolfe played 85% of the defensive snaps. One explanation for the lack of pass rush on the final defensive play might have been exhaustion.
The Broncos entire starting defensive backfield played every defensive snap as did the aforementioned Chubb and Josey Jewell.
Will Parks role increased this game (50% to 82%) while Corey Nelson’s was reduced (84% to 56%). With the exception of Wolfe, they rotated their defensive lineman with Shelby Harris (67%), Adam Gotsis (52%), Demarcus Walker (31%), and Dre’Mont Jones (16%) seeing the a fair number of snaps in Week 2.
When they needed a third safety Trey Marshall got the snaps (10%) and on the three plays where Von got to rest, Malik Reed played (5% - 3 snaps).
Justin Hollins did not get a single defensive snap after getting four in game one. Joining him with no defensive snaps were Keishawn Bierria, Alexander Johnson, Duke Dawson, De’Vante Bausby and Davontae Harris.