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Here is the Chiefs playing time with De’Anthony Thomas back in the fold

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Looking at the snap counts from the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders.


QB Alex Smith: 64

Some people wanted Nick Foles last game, which is kinda funny after that performance from Alex. 19-of-22 isn’t too bad.

Offensive line

G Parker Ehinger: 64

C Mitch Morse: 64

OT Eric Fisher: 64

OT Mitch Schwartz: 64

G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: 62

G Zach Fulton: 6

LDT had an ankle injury so Zach Fulton came in. Not sure yet how serious it is, if serious at all. Also back to the starting lineup is rookie Parker Ehinger who was out for a few weeks after his concussion.

Tight ends

TE Travis Kelce: 55

TE Demetrius Harris: 36

TE James O’Shaughnessy: 12

Those are a lot of snaps for Harris as the Chiefs second tight end. The Chiefs put Ross Travis on the inactive list and played O’Shaughnessy. Maybe for blocking reasons? Travis was pretty consistently the third tight end to this point.

Wide receiver

WR Jeremy Maclin: 53

WR Chris Conley: 38

WR Tyreek Hill: 18

WR De’Anthony Thomas: 12

WR Albert Wilson: 9

WR Dontari Poe: 1

DAT’s presence appears to have taken playing time away from Albert Wilson as those two split snaps. Tyreek Hill was in for a similar number of snaps in previous weeks. This was the first time this year that DAT was active. Also note that new receiver - Dontari Poe. They’re officially calling that a run but anyone watching the game knows that was a touchdown catch from the big fella.

Running back

RB Spencer Ware: 40

FB Anthony Sherman: 19

RB Jamaal Charles: 15

RB Charcandrick West: 8

I can see Jamaal getting a few more snaps, maybe the low 20s. But this might be close to how they’re looking at things this year. Ware as the lead back while mixing Jamaal in. I always want more snaps for Jamaal but I can dig this setup. Knile Davis was inactive for the game.

Defensive line

NT Dontari Poe: 50

DE Jaye Howard: 42

DE Chris Jones: 21

DE Allen Bailey: 12

DE Nick Williams: 4

Bailey came out midway through with a shoulder injury. It led to a little more work for Jones, who had a nice play in the backfield. The Raiders threw twice as much as they passed so the Chiefs weren’t in their base defense too often.


CB Steven Nelson: 55

CB Marcus Peters: 44

CB DJ White: 37

CB Phillip Gaines: 12

Gaines tweaked his knee and came out early. If you told me before the game this would happen I would be freaking out. But the young guys did a nice job filling in for him.


S Ron Parker: 55

S Eric Berry: 55

S Daniel Sorensen: 36

S Eric Murray: 11

Nothing too notable here. Murray saw some more work on defense than he usually does. Get a good look at him when he’s in because he could be lined up for a bigger role next season if Berry is gone.


LB Derrick Johnson: 54

LB Dee Ford: 43

LB Frank Zombo: 28

LB Tamba Hali: 26

LB Justin March: 18

LB Dadi Nicolas: 2

Dadi Nicolas sighting! I must’ve missed it or had my head buried in my recap near the end of the game after it was basically decided. The Chiefs got 26 snaps out of Tamba Hali. The pass rush didn’t do much until a couple of big end of game plays from Dee Ford, who forced a fumble recovered by Tamba. The Chiefs were probably going to win anyway but that helped seal it.