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Chiefs snap counts: Travis Kelce sees more playing time; Replacing Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry

Snap count observations from the Kansas City Chiefs 24-17 Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Doug Pensinger

The Chiefs offense had 86 snaps while the Chiefs defense had just 49. Yet the Chiefs still lost to the Broncos, 24-17.

The Chiefs lost Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry in Sunday's game and those are reflected in the snap counts. Charles had just five snaps before heading out with is ankle sprain and was replaced by Knile Davis who ended up with 67 snaps. He ran the ball on about a third of those (22 carries, 79 yards). Meanwhile, Berry was replaced by cornerback Ron Parker, who was rushed into a role at safety. Berry played just 16 snaps before stepping out and Parker replaced him at safety for the remaining 33 snaps.

Rotoworld's Evan Silva wrote before the game that "if Kelce doesn't get 35 snaps tonight, I'm gonna lose it." So, so close. Kelce ended the Chiefs-Broncos game with 32 snaps on offense. He also added four snaps on special teams. This is a step up from his 17 snaps last week when he caught three balls for 49 yards. With 32 snaps this week, Kelce caught four passes for 81 yards. As I wrote last week, keep giving him the ball.


Here are last week's snap count observations. This week's are below. (Note: Numbers provided by the NFL.)


Position Player Snaps
QB Alex Smith 86
OT Eric Fisher 86
OT Ryan Harris 86
G Zach Fulton 86
G Mike McGlynn 86
C Rodney Hudson 86
TE Anthony Fasano 79
WR Dwayne Bowe 72
WR Donnie Avery 68
RB Knile Davis 67
WR Junior Hemingway 34
TE Travis Kelce 32
WR AJ Jenkins 24
FB Anthony Sherman 24
RB Cyrus Gray 14
WR Frankie Hammond 8
RB Jamaal Charles 5
TE Demetrius Harris 3
  • Cyrus Gray got in on 14 snaps with Jamaal Charles out of the game.
  • Demetrius Harris logged his first NFL reception on his three snaps.
  • Junior Hemingway settled in as the third receiver with 10 more snaps than AJ Jenkins.
  • The entire offensive line played every snap.
  • Frankie Hammond had 54 snaps last week (with Bowe out) compared to eight this week.
  • Anthony Sherman was up from six snaps last week to 24 this week. I remember him destroying a blocker on one play.


Position Player Snaps
CB Sean Smith 49
CB Marcus Cooper 49
CB Ron Parker 33
CB Chris Owens 22
DE Allen Bailey 45
DE Jaye Howard 19
DE Kevin Vickerson 12
DT Vance Walker 8
LB Justin Houston 49
LB Josh Mauga 49
LB James Michael-Johnson 41
LB Tamba Hali 39
LB Dee Ford 6
LB Josh Martin 4
NT Dontari Poe 42
S Husain Abdullah 49
S Eric Berry 16
S Kurt Coleman 6
S Kelcie McCray 1
  • No Phillip Gaines in this game, even with Parker playing safety and not cornerback.
  • After one snap (and one sack) last week, Vance Walker gets eight snaps this week. This is a free agent with a three-year deal, by the way.
  • Dee Ford: six snaps. Up from three last week.
  • Tamba Hali took 10 snaps off. He entered the game with an injured knee and ankle. He was replaced by a combo of Dee Ford and Josh Martin.
  • New Chief Kevin Vickerson logged 12 snaps, including blowing up the Broncos' Montee Ball in the backfield on one play. He supposedly knew that play was coming.
  • Dontari Poe took seven snaps off, which is a little unusual for him.

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