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Here’s how the snaps were distributed for the Denver Broncos in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans.
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
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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.
Defensive snap review
The defense was on the field for 81 plays.
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 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.