We don't really care about the score to the Kansas City Chiefs preseason games. But we do care about how much each player plays so we can determine who's leading in certain position battles.
I've gone through the snap counts for the Chiefs-Bengals preseason game (OK, I do care about the score when they win). Here are some observations.
*Numbers via the NFL gamebook.
Wide receiver battle heats up
Frankie Hammond, Albert Wilson, Kyle Williams and Fred Williams had between 19-23 snaps while Weston Dressler had just 13 snaps. Hammond, Wilson and Kyle Williams all have strong cases to make the Chiefs 53-man roster.
Ricky Henry steps in at guard
Ricky Henry, who has recently been taking first team snaps, was in on 69 percent of the snaps, highest of any of the guards. Jeff Linkenbach was in for 42 percent, Rishaw Johnson in for 37 percent and Zach Fulton in for 21 percent.
The first team offensive line - Eric Fisher, Jeff Allen, Rodney Hudson, Zach Fulton, Donald Stephenson - had the same number of snaps (11).
Swing tackle leader?
If snap counts mean anything (they may not), Ryan Harris is the swing tackle leader. He led all tackles playing in 69 percent of the snaps. A minor surprise here with Ryan McKee getting 46 percent of the snaps. He's seen some first time here and there this offseason.
J'Marcus Webb is way down the list with just 10 percent of the snaps.
The secondary numbers
Phillip Gaines and Jerron McMillian led the DBs with 37 snaps. DeMarcus Van Dyke was third on that list interestingly. Malcolm Bronson and Steve Gregory played the same snaps (27). Daniel Sorensen, who started, played in 22 snaps.
Ron Parker (18) and Marcus Cooper (17) played with the starters.
The rookie report
- LB Dee Ford: 54
- CB Phillip Gaines: 37
- G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: 17
- Zach Fulton: 11
- QB Aaron Murray: 5
- RB De'Anthony Thomas: 4
- Chase Daniel: 19
- Tyler Bray: 17
- Alex Smith: 11
- Aaron Murray: 5
Who didn't play a lot
- TE Adam Schlitz had just two snaps.
- WRs Darryl Surgent and Deon Anthony each had three snaps.
- Charcandrick West had seven.
- Tackle J'Marcus Webb had the least among the OTs with five snaps.
- CB Vernon Kearney had 13 snaps. Sean Smith had 14.
- LB Nico Johnson had 17, less than half of Josh Mauga's 38.
- CB Chris Owens played in 12 snaps.
Who did play a lot
- Eric Kush, Ricky Henry and Ryan Harris led the offense with 36 snaps.
- LB James Michael-Johnson had the second-most snaps at linebacker (42)
- DE Jaye Howard led all defensive linemen with 45 snaps.
- OLB Josh Martin played in over half the snaps.
Who didn't play at all
- WR AJ Jenkins
- WR Mark Harrison
- S Sanders Commings
- S Eric Berry
- RB Joe McKnight
- LB Dezman Moses
- DE Mike DeVito
- DE Mike Catapano
- WR Junior Hemingway
- NT Kyle Love
OFFENSE SNAP COUNTS
*These are snaps for just offense and defense. Not special teams.
DEFENSE SNAP COUNTS
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