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Chiefs vs. Jaguars: Making sense of snap counts

Breaking down the snap counts from the Chiefs’ win over Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Jaguars v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday to improve to 5-0.

Here were the snap counts for the Chiefs:



Special teams (only)

Starters (offense): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Cam Erving, C Mitch Morse, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RT Mitch Schwartz, TE Travis Kelce, WR Sammy Watkins, RB Kareem Hunt, WR Chris Conley, QB Patrick Mahomes

Starters (defense): LDE Allen Bailey, NT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Chris Jones, ROLB Justin Houston, LILB Anthony Hitchens, RILB Reggie Ragland, LOLB Dee Ford, RCB Steve Nelson, LCB Kendall Fuller, S Eric Murray, S Ron Parker

Active, but did not play: QB Chad Henne

Inactive: S Eric Berry, DB Josh Shaw, RB Darrel Williams, CB Tremon Smith, C Austin Reiter, G Kahlil McKenzie, DT Justin Hamilton

Takeaways (in no particular order)

  • The Chiefs offense ran 70 plays on offense and 83 plays on defense against the Jaguars.
  • Jordan Devey relieved Laurent Durvernay-Tardif at right guard when he left the game with a fracture. He worked for six offensive snaps (9 percent).
  • Tight end Travis Kelce (66) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (64) were the workhorses for the Chiefs Sunday, followed closely behind by WR Sammy Watkins (60).
  • Running back Kareem Hunt was on the field for 52 offensive snaps (74 percent) this week. Backup Spencer Ware saw eight (11 percent).
  • The iron men for the Chiefs on defense this week were cornerbacks Kendall Fuller and Steven Nelson and safety Ron Parker. All three players were on the field for 100 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.
  • The Chiefs’ third cornerback, Orlando Scandrick, was on the field 82 percent of the time (68 defensive snaps) Sunday.
  • S Jordan Lucas, who typically only plays special teams, saw 56 defensive snaps on Sunday, or 67 percent. He still played his 15 special-teams snaps. Lucas was in the lineup due to injuries to Eric Murray and Armani Watts.
  • Injuries to Justin Houston and Tanoh Kpassagnon and Dee Ford’s ejection affected the outside linebacker snap breakdown. Ford, 56; Breeland Speaks 56; Kpassagnon, 33; Houston, 22.
  • Terrance Smith out-snapped Reggie Ragland, 53-24. Ragland was on the field for just 29 percent of the team’s snaps.
  • Rookie nose tackle Derrick Nnadi had 40 defensive snaps (48 percent) in the first start of his career. Xavier Williams had 23 defensive snaps (28 percent).
  • The Chiefs must like what cornerback Charvarius Ward offers them on special teams (18 snaps) more so than Tremon Smith. For the second week in a row, Ward was active, while Smith was not.

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