The Denver Broncos need to start giving some more playing time to the guys who are giving them effective snaps. Josey Jewell leads the group.
The Denver Broncos are 2-4 this season, and it feels like things could potentially get even worse unless something is done about it.
Despite how poorly the Broncos have played this season, not every individual player has failed to meet or even exceed expectations. There are a number of players who deserve more playing time and can potentially help the Broncos get back into the win column.
Here are a few players on both sides of the ball who have played good football this season who should be stealing snaps from some of their teammates who have underperformed or even hurt the Broncos this season.
Will Parks, DB
2018 snap count: 129 (31.6 percent)
In terms of physicality and versatility, Will Parks is one of the Denver Broncos’ most effective defensive players.
He’s not ‘losing’ snaps to anyone, but the Broncos are missing out on giving snaps to Parks who has proven he can be effective in man coverage against tight ends and backs, and at the very least is a gifted tackler who would help provide some much-needed toughness to the defensive backfield.
As poorly as Darian Stewart has played this season, the Broncos don’t appear to be pulling in the reins, not even a little bit. Stewart has 390 snaps so far this season, more than triple what Parks is playing.
Parks has the ability to play in the box as a blitzer, deep as a free safety, or man up as a nickel cornerback. The Broncos should find more ways to get him on the field.
During the preseason, Parks was making plays all over the field and looked like one of the most improved on the roster. Now it looks like the Broncos have chosen the seniority of Darian Stewart (who should be playing around 50 percent of the snaps) over the potential of a breakthrough from Parks.