Entering the Kansas City Chiefs Friday night game against the Seattle Seahawks I was really looking forward to seeing WR Chris Conley and DE Mike Catapano. Lucky for me, both played quite a bit in the game.
Conley led all receivers with 33 snaps in his first NFL action after missing last week's game. That's the good news. The bad news is that he didn't do much with it. He knew where to line up and all that but didn't record any stats. He also returned kicks including one that he took out of the end zone and was tackled inside the five yard line. Believe it or not, that was intentional. The Chiefs ask them to return everything in the preseason.
Catapano played the second most snaps of any player in the game. He flashed a number of times on plays where he was getting into the backfield. One of them came when he collapsed the pocket and the other came when he was inexplicably left unblocked. Andy Reid said he wasn't watching the defense as closely during the game but he kept seeing Catapano on the jumbotron. Good sign for him in his first action since 2013.
Also of note is that Eric Berry played in 21 snaps, which is up from eight snaps last week. Good sign he can continue to increase that.
Let's move onto the snap counts in the Chiefs 14-13 preseason victory over Seattle.
- Plenty of work for Knile Davis, who led everyone with 40 snaps. He had 11 carries for 29 yards and two receptions.
- Eight snaps for Jamaal Charles, which still seems like too much. He actually caught a pass and was tackled in this game.
- Paul Fanaika was a starter at right tackle. It did not turn out well. Which is probably what you'd expect when you put your fourth offensive tackle against the defending NFC champs.
- James O'Shaughnessy looks like your second tight end to Travis Kelce. The next closest tight end (Ryan Taylor) played 16 fewer snaps than Shag, who led all tight ends last week, too.
- L'Damian Washington's one snap was a foal line fade to him. Incomplete.
- 28 snaps for Fred Williams, 26 snaps for Frankie Hammond. They might be competing for one spot.
- Sean Smith remains on the second team. That's because he's getting suspended three games to start the season. Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines are the next two up.
- Frank Zombo saw quite a bit of time on the inside. If he makes the team, he's an emergency inside linebacker.
- Dee Ford played 27 snaps. He was injured on this play but returned. He has a fractured rib.
- Two players I was surprised to see didn't play any defense were DL David Irving and DT Vaughn Martin. They did play special teams. I'm not always sure what to make of certain players not playing. Good or bad sign?