The Denver Broncos received some excellent contributions from their crop of rookies in their Week 4 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. From least snaps to most, let's look at how each rookie performed.
Denver's third round pick missed Week 3 with a hand injury and was mostly limited in Tampa. He played 10 special teams snaps, with no statistics.
Expect Simmons to be more involved on defense in Week 5.
Adam Gotsis, DE
The big defensive end saw 12 snaps on defense, totaling one tackle. The Broncos are slowly working him into the D-line rotation.
Learning to play the 5-tech defensive end spot can offer up a steep learning curve. The Broncos will take their time with him, unless a situation dictates otherwise.
Riley Dixon, P
Dixon continues to improve each week. In Tampa, he appeared on 12 special teams snaps.
He punted seven times, averaging 47.1 yards per attempt. He seems to have acclimated to the speed and pressure of the NFL game.
Devontae Booker, RB
Booker again served as Denver's number two back behind C.J. Anderson. He saw 18 snaps on offense, carrying the ball seven times for 30 yards.
Booker was also targeted once in the passing game, but was unable to haul it in.
Andy Janovich, FB
Denver's fullback appeared in 29 offensive snaps and 21 on special teams. He served as a lead blocker and a passing target but did not register a reception or carry.
Janovich did, however, notch a special teams tackle. A solid day at the office.
Will Parks. S
Parks saw 33 snaps on defense and 19 on special teams. As Denver's third safety, he contributed to the blanket coverage of Tampa's receivers.
Parks did not make it onto the stat sheet, but when a rookie's performance is under the radar, that often means he did his job and more importantly, didn't blow it.
Paxton Lynch, QB
Lynch was inserted into the game late in the second quarter when Trevor Siemian sprained his left shoulder. The rookie would finish out the contest.
Lynch received 51 invaluable offensive snaps, going 14-of-24 for 170 yards and a touchdown. He led the Broncos on three scoring drives — one touchdown and two field goals — to put 13 more points on the board.
With Siemian set to be a game-time decision in Week 5, there's a good chance we'll get another long look at Denver's first round pick vs.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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