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Broncos game 1 snap count review

Here’s how the snaps were distributed for the Denver Broncos in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans.

Tennessee Titans v Denver Broncos Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

As I did last year, I will be covering the snaps, snap percentages how they change from week to week. The breakdown will be by position group.

Offensive snap review

Player Pos Num Pct
Elijah Wilkinson T 59 100%
Dalton Risner G 59 100%
Garett Bolles T 59 100%
Graham Glasgow G 59 100%
Drew Lock QB 59 100%
Lloyd Cushenberry III C 59 100%
Tim Patrick WR 50 85%
DaeSean Hamilton WR 47 80%
Jerry Jeudy WR 44 75%
Noah Fant TE 43 73%
Melvin Gordon RB 37 63%
Phillip Lindsay RB 19 32%
Jake Butt TE 16 27%
Nick Vannett TE 16 27%
Andrew Beck TE 6 10%
Diontae Spencer WR 6 10%
Royce Freeman RB 6 10%
Tyrie Cleveland WR 5 8%

The entire OL and our QB played all 59 offensive snaps. The OL, for the most part, played well. Drew Lock was not sacked, he was pressured six times (5 hits and 1 hurry). That means that he was only pressured on 17.1 percent of dropbacks which is down from the 22.7 percent he faced in his five 2019 starts. We’ll see if that continues against the much stouter front seven of the Steelers next game.

The majority of the running back snaps went to Melvin Gordon due in part to Phillip Lindsay missing the entire second half. You should note that we had three plays with both Lindsay and Gordon on the field at the same time (the total running back snaps = 62). Royce Freeman only got six offensive snaps, but did make a nice play one his lone touch.

The tight end group saw Andrew Beck, our TE/FB, get six total snaps, while Noah Fant got 43 snaps (73%) and Nick Vannett Jake Butt each got 16 snaps (27%). It would appear that we used two TEs quite a bit on Monday. With our tight end group (including Beck) getting a total of 81 snaps (we ran 59 offensive plays).

The wide receiver group saw Tim Patrick getting the highest percentage of the snaps (85%, 50 snaps) with DaeSean Hamilton (80%, 47 snaps) and Jerry Jeudy (75%, 44 snaps) getting the most usage. Both Diontae Spencer and Tyrie Cleveland appeared in six offensive plays. Cleveland had one catch in his first NFL game. Spencer did not touch the ball on offense.

The two offensive players who did not take any offensive snaps were Calvin Anderson and Austin Schlottmann.

Defensive snap review

The defense was on the field for 81 plays.

Player Pos Num Pct
Justin Simmons FS 81 100%
Alexander Johnson LB 81 100%
Kareem Jackson CB 81 100%
Bryce Callahan CB 80 99%
Josey Jewell LB 79 98%
Michael Ojemudia DB 64 79%
Jeremiah Attaochu LB 60 74%
Bradley Chubb LB 59 73%
Jurrell Casey DT 57 70%
Essang Bassey DB 45 56%
Shelby Harris NT 45 56%
Mike Purcell NT 41 51%
Dre'Mont Jones DE 38 47%
Malik Reed LB 33 41%
A.J. Bouye CB 28 35%
DeMarcus Walker DE 17 21%
Trey Marshall SS 1 1%
Joseph Jones LB 1 1%

The defensive line saw Jurrell Casey, Shelby Harris, Mike Purcell and Dre’Mont Jones get the lion’s share of the snaps with 70, 56, 51 and 47 percent respectively. The only other defensive line player that saw snaps was DeMarcus Walker (21 percent, 17 snaps).

The inside linebacker group saw Alexander Johnson get 100 percent of the snaps while Josey Jewell got 98 percent. Joseph Jones get one defensive snap in relief of Jewell. Austin Calitro did not get any defensive snaps.

The outside linebacker group saw Bradley Chubb get 73 percent, Jeremiah Attaochu get 74 percent and Malik Reed get 41 percent. Derek Tuszka did not get any defensive snaps.

Like Johnson, both of our safeties played every defensive snap. Trey Marshall got in on one defensive play. P.J. Locke and Duke Dawson did not get any defensive snaps.

The cornerback group saw Bryce Callahan play all but one defensive snap while A.J. Bouye played only 28 due to injury. Our two rookie CBs played fairly well in their first NFL game with Michael Ojemudia (64 snaps, 79 percent) and Essang Bassey (45 snaps, 56 percent) each contributing out of necessity. Davontae Harris did not play any defensive snaps.