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Broncos snap count review after the win over the Chargers

Here’s who played and who didn’t during the Denver Broncos 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Here’s who played and who didn’t during the Denver Broncos 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Offense

Ok, you can blame me if you want since I’ve been writing about O-line health (but knocking on wood every time). For the first time this season we had a starting offensive lineman miss a significant period of a game, and it happened to be our best offensive lineman, Quinn Meinerz, who left in the first half with an irregular heartbeat after playing 35 snaps. Our entire starting offensive had played almost every offensive snap in the first twelve games of the season.

In QM’s place, Luke Wattenberg played RG and actually looked like an NFL player this year. Last year he was terrible when he was forced to play offensive snaps. It’s good to see that a year of NFL-level strength training and nutrition has let him become a competent offensive lineman. Wattenberg played 32 offensive snaps. The rest of the offensive line played almost the whole game. The other Quinn, Quinn Bailey, was used on six offensive snaps, three as the sixth offensive lineman and three in relief of Ben Powers. Cameron Fleming saw the field for the first time in a long while getting three snaps in relief of Mike McGlinchey.

Player Pos Num Pct
Garett Bolles T 67 100%
Lloyd Cushenberry III C 67 100%
Russell Wilson QB 67 100%
Mike McGlinchey T 64 96%
Ben Powers G 64 96%
Courtland Sutton WR 50 75%
Adam Trautman TE 46 69%
Javonte Williams RB 40 60%
Lil'Jordan Humphrey WR 38 57%
Jerry Jeudy WR 38 57%
Quinn Meinerz G 35 52%
Luke Wattenberg C 32 48%
Marvin Mims WR 25 37%
Chris Manhertz TE 23 34%
Lucas Krull TE 17 25%
Michael Burton FB 14 21%
Samaje Perine RB 14 21%
Jaleel McLaughlin RB 13 19%
Brandon Johnson WR 11 16%
Quinn Bailey G 6 9%
Cameron Fleming T 3 4%
Justin Simmons FS 3 4%

Courtland Sutton again led WR group with 50 snaps while LJ Humphrey and Jerry Jeudy each had 38. For LJ, this was the most offensive snaps he has gotten since the opening week of the season when Jeudy was hurt. Marvin Mims got 25 and Brandon Johnson got 11.

The tight ends were led by Adam Trautman again who logged 46 while Chris Manhertz got 25, and Lucas Krull got only 17 but logged his first NFL catch.

Javonte Williams got the most RB snaps again this week with 40, which was more than Samaje Perine (14) and Jaleel McLaughlin (13) combined. Michael Burton played 14 snaps at FB.

The only active offensive player who played ST but not offense was Dwayne Washington. The only active offensive player who did not play at all was Jarrett Stidham.

Defense

Player Pos Num Pct
Justin Simmons FS 68 100%
Patrick Surtain II CB 68 100%
Alex Singleton LB 68 100%
Fabian Moreau CB 68 100%
P.J. Locke FS 67 99%
Josey Jewell LB 63 93%
Ja'Quan McMillian CB 59 87%
Zach Allen DE 51 75%
Jonathon Cooper LB 50 74%
Baron Browning LB 48 71%
D.J. Jones NT 43 63%
Drew Sanders LB 32 47%
Jonathan Harris DE 21 31%
Matt Henningsen DE 16 24%
Mike Purcell NT 13 19%
Nik Bonitto LB 9 13%
Riley Moss CB 3 4%
Delarrin Turner-Yell FS 1 1%

Four defensive players played every snap on defense: Justin Simmons, Alex Singleton, Fabian Moreau and Patrick Surtain. PJ Locke played all but one snap on defense.

The other ILB, Josey Jewell, played 93% of the defensive snaps (63) which is much more than he has been playing. The only game this season where he played a higher percentage was the first game of the season (95%).

The Nickle CB, Ja’Quan McMillian, played 59 snaps. Riley Moss played three defensive snaps in our dime package. Our defensive coaches continue to bring him along slowly.

Delarrin Turner-Yell one snap on defense in our heavy nickel.

At OLB, Jonathan Cooper and Baron Browning played 50 and 48 snaps. Drew Sanders played 32 which was the most he has played since the Bears game. Nik Bonitto played a season low 9 snaps before he injured his knee in the first quarter. Our lack of OLB depth is going to be really tested in the final four games if Bonitto is out.

Zach Allen played 51 snaps while DJ Jones, Jonathan Harris, Matt Henningsen and Mike Purcell played 43, 21, 16 and 13 respectively as the other defensive linemen. That’s a total of 144 defensive snaps from our big guys on defense. With 68 defensive plays, that means we had many plays with only two defensive linemen in the game. Three times 68 = 204. We had one passing situation against Houston where we the only DL guy on the field was Zach Allen.

Game-day inactives were: S Joel Skinner, RB Tyler Badie, TE Nate Adkins, OLB Ronnie Perkins, OLB Thomas Incoom, C Alex Forsyth, DL 95 Elijah Garcia.