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Chiefs-Dolphins snap counts: The rise of Travis Kelce continues

Travis Kelce saw more playing time for the third straight week for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Joel Auerbach

How much did each Kansas City Chiefs player play in Sunday's 34-15 victory over the Miami Dolphins? Glad you asked because we have some snap counts for the game.

The Chiefs snap counts are interesting this week because a few key players were missing, including Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry. You already know I thought Andy Reid did a great job getting the most out of those replacing Charles (Knile Davis and Joe McKnight).

Let's review this week's snap counts.

Snap countsWeek 1Week 2


Position Player Snaps
C Rodney Hudson 72
G Zach Fulton 72
G Mike McGlynn 72
OT Eric Fisher 72
OT Ryan Harris 72
QB Alex Smith 72
TE Anthony Fasano 72
WR Dwayne Bowe 55
RB Knile Davis 53
TE Travis Kelce 47
WR Donnie Avery 41
WR Junior Hemingway 27
FB Anthony Sherman 17
RB Joe McKnight 15
TE Demetrius Harris 13
RB Cyrus Gray 8
WR AJ Jenkins 6
WR Frankie Hammond 4
OT Jeff Linkenbach 2

  • Jamaal Charles and De'Anthony Thomas did not play in this game. Knile Davis had 53 snaps in Jamaal's absence.
  • A whopping seven Chiefs played every snap on offense. That leaves only four positions to rotate in and out.
  • Joe McKnight had just 15 snaps but touched the ball on seven of those and scored two touchdowns. Not bad at all.
  • The tight ends were very interesting in this game with more two tight end sets. Anthony Fasano played every snap in the game. Travis Kelce played 32 and 37 percent of the snaps in the first two weeks of the season so he continues to see more work. Kelce's 47 snaps were good for 65 percent of the offense. Demetrius Harris even got in for a career high 13 snaps.
  • Linkenbach came in on a play where the Chiefs went heavy on the offensive line.


Position Player Snaps
CB Sean Smith 70
CB Marcus Cooper 70
LB Josh Mauga 70
S Husain Abdullah 70
CB Ron Parker 67
LB Tamba Hali 65
CB Chris Owens 64
LB Justin Houston 64
DE Allen Bailey 56
NT Dontari Poe 53
LB James Michael-Johnson 39
S Kurt Coleman 28
DT Vance Walker 16
DE Jaye Howard 13
LB Dee Ford 13
LB Josh Martin 5
DT Kevin Vickerson 4
CB Phillip Gaines 3

  • Eric Berry did not play in the game.
  • Only four Chiefs played every snap on defense.
  • That nickel CB Chris Owens played nearly every snap showed how often the Dolphins had three receivers on the field.
  • Interesting to see Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Dontari Poe get some rest. They're usually playing close to every snap. The Chiefs are obviously trying to get Poe some rest by playing Vance Walker more often.
  • New(-ish) Chief Kurt Coleman went from six snaps last week to 28 this week.
  • Curious to see why Kevin Vickerson only had four snaps. I'm guessing it's because he's more of a run stopper and the Dolphins were often in passing downs.
  • Vance Walker makes a nice contribution with 16 snaps. Up from eight last week and one the week before.

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