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Kansas City Chiefs snap counts vs. Carolina Panthers: KC starters play entire first half

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Snap counts for the Kansas City Chiefs players vs. the Carolina Panthers in the second preseason game.

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The Carolina Panthers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 28-16 on Sunday night. As usual, the Chiefs did some good things and some bad things in the game. The snap counts show the starting offense played about 59 percent of the snaps while the starting defense played in about 45 percent of the snaps. There were a couple of surprises on who didn't play in the game.

Catch up on all that in our Chiefs-Panthers snap count report for preseason Week 2. Compare these numbers to the Chiefs Week 1 snap count report.

Note that this does not include special teams.

Offense

Position Player Snaps
C Rodney Hudson 39
C Eric Kush 27
C Ben Gottschalk 0
FB Anthony Sherman 13
FB 7
G 39
G Zach Fulton 39
G Jeff Linkenbach 27
G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 14
G Ricky Henry 13
G Rishaw Johnson 13
G Otis Hudson 0
OT Eric Fisher 39
OT Donald Stephenson 39
OT Ryan Harris 27
OT Ryan McKee 14
OT J'Marcus Webb 0
QB 39
QB Aaron Murray 17
QB Chase Daniel 10
QB 0
RB Knile Davis 34
RB Cyrus Gray 21
RB De'Anthony Thomas 12
RB Charcandrick West 7
RB 0
RB Joe McKnight 0
TE Anthony Fasano 37
TE Travis Kelce 29
TE Demetrius Harris 18
TE Adam Schlitz 0
TE 0
WR 38
WR 32
WR AJ Jenkins 28
WR Frankie Hammond 22
WR 20
WR Junior Hemingway 10
WR Fred Williams 1
WR 1
WR Albert Wilson 0
WR Jerrell Jackson 0
WR Darryl Surgent 0
WR 0

  • Injured players on offense included Jamaal Charles, Albert Wilson and Joe McKnight.
  • Knile Davis saw Jamaal Charles' first team snaps. More on Jamaal's minor injury here.
  • Alex Smith's first half was good for 59 percent of the snaps. Aaron Murray ended up playing 26 percent of the snaps. He threw just one pass last week. Tyler Bray did not play this week, which Andy Reid said was part of the plan.
  • 12 offensive snaps for De'Anthony Thomas is eight more than last week.
  • The Chiefs starting o-line played 59 percent of the snaps, which matches up with how long Smith was in there.
  • Ricky Henry, Rishaw Johnson, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Jeff Linkenbach are competing for perhaps 1-2 positions. They all played about the same amount. This is turning into a nice competition for backups after Zach Fulton took command of the starting job.
  • OT Ryan Harris remains the top pick for the swing tackle job after the Chiefs played him a lot once again.
  • After playing five snaps last week, J'Marcus Webb has zero offensive snaps in this game.
  • Last week, Cyrus Gray had 17 snaps and carried the ball on 11 of those plays. This week with 21 snaps, he had 10 carries.
  • Frankie Hammond (22 snaps) was the beneficiary of Albert Wilson missing the game.
  • WR Weston Dressler plays just one snap He has been invisible for much of camp. I thought he would have a bigger impact.

Defense

Position Player Snaps
CB Phillip Gaines 33
CB Sean Smith 27
CB DeMarcus Van Dyke 22
CB Marcus Cooper 22
CB Chris Owens 16
CB Ron Parker 11
CB 5
CB 0
CB 0
CB Vernon Kearney 0
CB Kevin Rutland 0
DE 26
DE Jermelle Cudjo 19
DE Jaye Howard 11
DE 11
DE Mike Catapano 0
DE Kona Schwenke 0
DE Mike DeVito 0
DT Kyle Love 25
LB James Michael-Johnson 41
LB Dee Ford 33
LB Nico Johnson 33
LB 27
LB Joe Mays 12
LB Josh Mauga 0
LB Alonzo Highsmith 0
NT Vance Walker 37
NT 27
NT Dominique Hamilton 8
OLB 27
OLB 27
OLB Frank Zombo 18
OLB Josh Martin 15
S Jerron McMillian 33
S Daniel Sorensen 27
S 27
S 22
S 18
S 0

  • Injured players on defense include Eric Berry, Damond Smith, Josh Mauga, Mike DeVito, Kona Schwenke, Mike Catapano.
  • The Chiefs starting defense played 27 snaps.
  • S Daniel Sorensen got the start with Eric Berry out with a heel injury.
  • CB Chris Owens is the nickel corner. He was in on more than half the first team defense's plays.
  • LB Nico Johnson, who is behind Josh Mauga on the depth chart, got 33 snaps in due to Mauga's injury.
  • Several cornerbacks, including Vernon Kearney did not play. The Chiefs probably don't have room for any surprise additions at cornerback so I wonder if they're working with those who are likely to make it.