Welcome to the Kansas City Chiefs preseason snap counts. Via the NFL, we have the snap counts for all the Chiefs players in Saturday night's preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
The Chiefs planned on having their starters go for about a quarter, the second team for a quarter and a half and the third team for a quarter and a half and that's roughly what they did.
The highlight of the game was Eric Berry. The Chiefs safety returned from Hodgkins lymphoma to record eight snaps on the second team defense, which is where he has been slotted during training camp. It was truly incredible to see him out on the field. I'll be looking out to see if the Chiefs increase his snap count each week.
The Chiefs saw a lot of work for their second team and third team offensive line, including OTs Derek Sherrod and Jarrod Pughsley and Gs Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Paul Fanaika.
LB Josh Mauga did not play, which led to more time for LBs Ramik Wilson and Justin March.
Note that WR Chris Conley did not play, nor did these injured players: WR Jeret Smith, QB Tyler Bray, LB James-Michael Johnson, LB DJ Alexander, C Garrett Frye, WR Junior Hemingway and DT Dontari Poe. And I don't believe that Mike Catapano (groin) played either.
Our snap count observations...
- G Jeff Allen, RB Knile Davis and WR De'Anthony Thomas all left early with injuries.
- The Chiefs first team offense under Alex Smith had 16 snaps together, the second team under Chase Daniel had 29 snaps while the third team under Aaron Murray had 23 snaps.
- OT Donald Stephenson replaced Jeff Allen so he has a few more snaps. He also played left tackle.
- OTs Derek Sherrod and Jarrod Pughsley are probably battling for one spot. Interesting to see they both got a lot of time.
- TE James O'Shaughnessy is aiming to the be the Chiefs second tight end alongside Travis Kelce. His 30 snaps were more than Richard Gordon (15) or Ryan Taylor (14).
- WR Fred Williams made the most of his opportunities. In 21 snaps, he had six catches for 82 yards and one awesome touchdown dance.
- RB Jamaal Charles hardly played. Which is good.
- RB Charcandrick West had snaps and made something out of it: nine touches for 92 yards.
- UDFA LB Justin March stood out to me again. He saw some second team snaps with Josh Mauga out.
- Most of the Chiefs first team defense played about 10 snaps.
- CB Sean Smith played on the second team with his suspension looming. Rookie CB Marcus Peters was in his spot.
- S Sanders Commings had a rough drive where he was called for pass interference and then appeared to be late in getting over to a receiver who made a catch down the field.
- UDFA DT David Irving had 18 snaps. The highlight came on special teams when he tipped a field goal. He could be carving himself a role.
- DT Vaughn Martin, who is on the bubble but has a shot, ended with 42 snaps. That's quite a bit. Did the Chiefs want an extended look at him?
- The long snapper battle lives on!