D-Line Substitutions 10/9
The active "heavies" (excluding AD, since he lines up all over) for the Broncos were Ngata, Gregg, Bannan, Franklin, Johnson, Pryce, and Suggs.
The Ravens used primarily 4 heavy sets, going with 5 heavies just 13 times in 53 Denver offensive plays (includes 2 accepted penalties, but excludes 2 kneel downs) after using 24 5-heavy sets against the Chargers. Plays by heavy:
1. Suggs was termed as "available only for pass rush situations" before the game, but played 51 of the 53 plays. He certainly looked fine to me, forcing a fumble, registering a PD, and contributing 4 tackles.
2. Ngata had his best game to date. He only was in for 25 snaps and registered 5 tackles. The Broncos had 13 carries for 40 yards (3.1) with Ngata in, and 15 for 76 (5.1) with him out. He has delivered on the draft pick thus far.
3. Franklin appears to have won the last DT backup spot from Edwards. He also played well, registering 3 tackles in just 18 plays.
4. The passing down specialist group (Johnson, Suggs, Pryce) was on for only 9 plays.
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