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Chiefs' Travis Kelce, De'Anthony Thomas see career high playing time

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Updating the Chiefs snap counts from the loss to the Raiders.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Kelce was a full time tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs for the second consecutive week. Unfortunately Kelce's stats (four receptions, 67 yards) didn't lead to a victory as the Chiefs lost to the Oakland Raiders, 24-20. TE Anthony Fasano missed last week's game and played just two offensive snaps in this game, which is why Kelce was asked to play a larger role. The Chiefs third tight end, Phillip Supernaw, played just four snaps so Kansas City used one tight end for most of the game. These 62 snaps mark a career high in snaps for Kelce.

Also of note in this week's snap counts is that De'Anthony Thomas saw a career high 33 snaps vs. the Raiders. Here are DAT's snaps since Week 7: 12, 14, 10, 15, 16, 33. The Chiefs obviously saw something in this game that had them wanting to use DAT more. He only had three offensive touches in the game -- one carry for nine yards and two receptions for 15 yards. I'll have to review the tape but it didn't feel like he was making the impact without the ball as he did last week.

Let's take a look at the Chiefs-Raiders snap counts.

OFFENSE

Position Player Snaps
C Rodney Hudson 66
G Zach Fulton 66
G Mike McGlynn 66
OT Eric Fisher 66
OT Ryan Harris 66
QB Alex Smith 66
TE Travis Kelce 62
WR Dwayne Bowe 61
RB Jamaal Charles 60
WR Frankie Hammond 56
RB De'Anthony Thomas 33
WR Albert Wilson 17
WR Junior Hemingway 16
FB Anthony Sherman 12
RB Knile Davis 5
TE Phillip Supernaw 4
TE Anthony Fasano 2
G Jeff Linkenbach 1
RB Charcandrick West 1

  • WRs Donnie Avery and AJ Jenkins were out which led to 56 snaps for Frankie Hammond.
  • Only a handful of snaps for RB Knile Davis one again. He had two carries on his five snaps.
  • WR Albert Wilson had a career day with two catches for 27 yards, one of which went for 23 yards.
  • OT Donald Stephenson played one special teams snap.
  • I always want to see the best fullback in the game with more than 12 snaps.

DEFENSE

Position Player Snaps
CB Sean Smith 69
LB Justin Houston 69
LB Josh Mauga 69
NT Dontari Poe 69
S Eric Berry 69
LB Tamba Hali 68
S Husain Abdullah 67
CB Ron Parker 65
DE Allen Bailey 65
LB James-Michael Johnson 43
DE Jaye Howard 38
CB Phillip Gaines 26
S Kurt Coleman 23
DT Kevin Vickerson 9
LB Frank Zombo 5
DE Vance Walker 4
S Kelcie McCray 1

  • Nine of the Chiefs played almost every snap. That's quite a bit for a guy like NT Dontari Poe.
  • Big Vick DT Kevin Vickerson was briefly injured. He is the Chiefs big run stopper.
  • LB Frank Zombo saw some defensive snaps, which doesn't happen very often.
  • Dee Ford, where art thou? He played 11 special teams snaps.
  • CB Chris Owens was injured so he did not play.
  • Joe Mays remains on special teams with 13 special teams snaps.