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Chiefs snap counts: Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito replacements; Travis Kelce needs more playing time

Reviewing the Kansas City Chiefs snap counts against the Tennessee Titans.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans beat the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10 on Sunday and they did it by running 22 more offensive plays than the Chiefs did. The Titans ran 79 plays while the Chiefs ran just 57 plays. That's how you lose games.

Another way to lose games is to give one of your few offensive weapons just 18 snaps. Travis Kelce caught 3 balls for 49 yards on just 18 snaps. Compare that to 52 snaps for Anthony Fasano. He is obviously a weapon and the Chiefs were missing Dwayne Bowe, There was no better time to use Kelce more.

The leading receivers were Donnie Avery and Frankie Hammond, who played 55 and 54 snaps respectively. Junior Hemingway as the third receiver with 33 snaps. This changes next week when Dwayne Bowe is thrown back into the mix.

New Chief Mike McGlynn started at guard while Jeff Allen started at right tackle. Allen, however, came out midway through the game with an injury. He was replaced at right tackle by Ryan Harris. Remember, Allen was the starting left guard for the last two seasons but the Chiefs switched him to right tackle with Donald Stephenson's suspension.

Jamaal Charles had a lot of snaps (54) but just 11 touches. Ugh.


Position Player Snaps
C Rodney Hudson 57
G Zach Fulton 57
QB Alex Smith 57
G Mike McGlynn 57
OT Eric Fisher 56
WR Donnie Avery 55
WR Frankie Hammond 54
RB Jamaal Charles 54
TE Anthony Fasano 52
G Jeff Allen 39
WR Junior Hemingway 33
TE Travis Kelce 18
OT Ryan Harris 18
WR AJ Jenkins 7
FB Anthony Sherman 6
RB Knile Davis 5
RB Cyrus Gray 1
G Jeff Linkenbach 1

Defensively, the Chiefs played a ton of snaps and Dontari Poe missed just one of them. One odd part of this is that Vance Walker, who signed a multi-year contract in the offeseason, played just one snap. We all thought Walker would come in as a potential starter. Instead he feels like he is barely part of the defense. Is this a scheme thing or performance-related?

Derrick Johnson played 30 snaps before rupturing his Achilles; Mike DeVito played 26 snaps before rupturing his. DJ was a full-time player and replaced by James Michael-Johnson. DeVito came out on passing downs and was replaced by Jaye Howard.

In the subpackages, nickelback (not the band) Chris Owens played 50 snaps. Daniel Sorsensen showed he is the third safety with 18 snaps.

Rookie Dee Ford played three snaps while rookie Phillip Gaines played just one snap.


Position Player Snaps
S Husain Abdullah 79
CB Sean Smith 79
LB Tamba Hali 79
S Eric Berry 79
LB Justin Houston 79
NT Dontari Poe 78
CB Ron Parker 76
LB Josh Mauga 57
DE Allen Bailey 55
CB Chris Owens 50
LB James Michael-Johnson 49
LB Derrick Johnson 30
DE Mike DeVito 26
DE Jaye Howard 24
S Daniel Sorensen 18
LB Frank Zombo 3
S Kelcie McGray 3
LB Dee Ford 3
CB Phillip Gaines 1
DT Vance Walker 1

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