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Chiefs snap counts: New faces at offensive line, cornerback

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Let’s look at the snap counts from the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos game on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs played 62 snaps on offense and 73 on defense.

Quarterback

QB Alex Smith: 62

As expected. I thought we might actually get a Patrick Mahomes sighting late in this one as the Chiefs were up by two scores and had the ball.

Offensive line

C Mitch Morse: 62

G Zach Fulton: 62

G Bryan Witzmann: 62

RT Mitch Schwartz: 62

LT Eric Fisher: 62

The Chiefs brought back Mitch Morse at center for this game which freed up Zach Fulton to slide over to right guard. The Chiefs offensive line looked pretty good against the Broncos. Kudos to Mitch Schwartz for not allowing Von Miller to wreck the game.

Tight end

TE Travis Kelce: 58

TE Demetrius Harris: 41

TE Ross Travis: 10

The Chiefs were in a two tight end set for almost two thirds of their snaps. That’s a lot! They were clearly worried about that Broncos pass rush. Plus, they needed Demetrius Harris in there to drop some passes.

Wide receiver

WR Tyreek Hill: 53

WR Demarcus Robinson: 51

WR Albert Wilson: 16

WR De’Anthony Thomas: 14

Tyreek Hill played a bunch in this game. He was playing half the snaps late last season and he’s up much higher this year. Albert Wilson left the game with a hamstring injury.

Running back

RB Kareem Hunt: 46

RB Charcandrick West: 12

FB Anthony Sherman: 8

RB Akeem Hunt: 1

I would’ve liked to see more West and Hunt as the game went on in the fourth quarter. With the Chiefs up 10 and killing clock there’s no reason for Kareem Hunt to be taking hits. They might as well have downed it.

Safety

S Daniel Sorensen: 73

S Ron Parker: 73

S Eric Murray: 47

Exactly what we thought the Chiefs safety snaps would look like before the season, right?

Cornerback

CB Kenneth Acker: 73

CB Marcus Peters: 73

CB Steven Nelson: 53

Acker is the new guy here as he stepped in for Terrance Mitchell. The first glance shows a good night for Acker who gave up about 70 yards on five catches (per PFF) and had a pick. The other new guy was Nelson who played his first game this year. He did really well too. Good sign from the Chiefs secondary.

Linebacker

LB Derrick Johnson: 73

LB Justin Houston: 63

LB Frank Zombo: 45

LB Dee Ford: 28

LB Reggie Ragland: 20

LB Tanoh Kpassagnon: 10

LB Kevin Pierre-Louis: 2

A bunch of notes here. Justin Houston is a monster and showed it against the Broncos. The Chiefs need to see more games like that from him. Dee Ford left the game early with a back injury, which we’ve seen before this season. Also, Tanoh Kpassagnon sighting! He got some snaps late in the game.

Defensive line

DE Allen Bailey: 55

NT Bennie Logan: 39

DE Chris Jones: 36

DE Rakeem Nunez-Roches: 20

DE Jarvis Jenkins: 20

I need to rewatch but my initial watch had better games for Bailey and Logan than Jones who was kinda quiet.