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Kansas City Chiefs snap counts: Who played the most and the least in preseason Week 1?

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Observations on the Chiefs players snap counts in Thursday's preseason opener against the Bengals.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

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
  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: 17
  • Zach Fulton: 11
  • QB Aaron Murray: 5
  • RB De'Anthony Thomas: 4

Quarterback reps

  • Chase Daniel: 19
  • Tyler Bray: 17
  • Alex Smith: 11
  • Aaron Murray: 5

Who didn't play a lot

Offense

  • 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.

Defense

  • 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

Offense

  • Eric Kush, Ricky Henry and Ryan Harris led the offense with 36 snaps.

Defense

  • 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.

Position Player Snaps
C Eric Kush 36
C Rodney Hudson 11
C Ben Gottschalk 5
FB Jordan Campbell 13
FB Anthony Sherman 2
G Ricky Henry 36
G Jeff Linkenbach 22
G Rishaw Johnson 19
G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 17
G Jeff Allen 11
G Zach Fulton 11
G Otis Hudson 5
OT Ryan Harris 36
OT Eric Fisher 11
OT Ryan McKee 24
OT Donald Stephenson 11
OT J'Marcus Webb 5
QB Chase Daniel 19
QB Tyler Bray 17
QB Alex Smith 11
QB Aaron Murray 5
RB Cyrus Gray 17
RB Knile Davis 17
RB Jamaal Charles 9
RB De'Anthony Thomas 4
RB Charcandrick West 7
TE Demetrius Harris 18
TE Travis Kelce 18
TE Anthony Fasano 10
TE Adam Schlitz 2
TE Richard Gordon 6
WR Frankie Hammond 23
WR Albert Wilson 22
WR Kyle Williams 21
WR Fred Williams 19
WR Weston Dressler 13
WR Jerrell Jackson 11
WR Dwayne Bowe 11
WR Donnie Avery 11
WR Darryl Surgent 3
WR Deon Anthony 3

DEFENSE SNAP COUNTS

Position Player Snaps
CB Phillip Gaines 37
CB DeMarcus Van Dyke 32
CB Ron Parker 18
CB Marcus Cooper 17
CB Justin Rogers 17
CB Brandon Jones 16
CB Damond Smith 15
CB Sean Smith 14
CB Vernon Kearney 13
CB Chris Owens 12
CB Kevin Rutland 16
DE Jaye Howard 45
DE Allen Bailey 18
DE Jermelle Cudjo 14
DE Jairus Campbell 14
DE Kona Schwenke 7
LB Dee Ford 54
LB James Michael-Johnson 42
LB Josh Mauga 38
LB Derrick Johnson 18
LB Nico Johnson 17
LB Alonzo Highsmith 14
LB Joe Mays 8
NT Vance Walker 36
NT Dominique Hamilton 21
NT Dontari Poe 18
OLB Josh Martin 38
OLB Justin Houston 18
OLB Tamba Hali 18
OLB Frank Zombo 16
S Jerron McMillian 37
S Malcolm Bronson 27
S Steve Gregory 27
S Daniel Sorensen 22
S Husain Abdullah 18