Denver Broncos Rookie Report: Week 3

How did Denver's crop of rookies perform in Week 3 at Cincinnati? Chad Jensen breaks it down.

One of the strengths of the Denver Broncos roster is their depth. GM John Elway made eight selections in the 2016 NFL Draft and all of them made the 53-man roster. 

The Broncos received contributions from five of their eight rookies in their 29-17 road win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3. Here's how it played out. 

Adam Gotsis, DE

Gotsis received eight snaps on defense and one on special teams. Although he didn't receive a large slice of the pie snaps-wise, he did tally two tackles. 

The Broncos are continuing to take it slow incorporating Gotsis into their defensive line rotation. With less than a year out from tearing his ACL, the Broncos are in no rush to put too much on their second round pick's plate. 

Riley Dixon, P

Dixon saw nine snaps on special teams — some as Brandon McManus' place-holder and some as punter. As a punter, Dixon seems to have settled down since his debut. 

He averaged 46.2 yards per punt, with 41.4 net. Only one of his five punts went for a touchback. 

Devontae Booker, RB

With 16 offensive snaps, Booker once again served as C.J. Anderson's backup in a game where the Broncos aired it out. He carried the ball four times for eight yards and caught one pass out of the backfield for 17 yards. 

Although his first NFL carry was ignominious (fumble), Booker also seems to have acclimated to the speed of the game well and has clearly made ball security a point of emphasis. 

Will Parks, S

With fellow rookie safety Justin Simmons sidelined with a hand injury, Parks saw an increased role on defense as Denver's third safety. He managed two tackles (both solo) and a pass defensed. 

But the big story for Parks was his interception in the fourth quarter. Wade Phillips will continue to slowly spoon-feed Parks defensive snaps. As long as he continues to capitalize, like he did in Week 3, those opportunities will grow. 

Parks' big day was marred slightly by the fine levied his way by the NFL. He was fined for a hit on a defenseless receiver (TE C.J. Uzomah). 

Andy Janovich, FB

Janovich saw 27 snaps on offense, serving primarily as the lead-blocking fullback. He did touch the ball twice, however. 

One, a two-yard carry on the ground, and the other a 13-yard reception on the outlet. As Pro Football Focus' highest rated fullback in the NFL thus far, the Broncos couldn't be happier with Janovich's contributions. 

Note: QB Paxton Lynch, OG Connor McGovern, and S Justin Simmons did not play in Week 3. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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