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Chiefs vs. 49ers: making sense of snap counts

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On Saturday, the Chiefs fell to the 49ers 27-17 in the third preseason game. Here’s how Chiefs players were used.

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The Kansas City Chiefs dropped their third preseason game to the San Francisco 49ers 27-17 on Saturday night.

Here are the snap counts for the game. Starting this week, we’re presenting this information a bit differently. In the coming weeks, we’ll be adding more wrinkles to make it easier for you to see trends in snap count information.

Chiefs-49ers Offense

Player Snaps Pct
Blake Bell 34 66.7%
Andrew Wylie 37 72.5%
Byron Pringle 32 62.7%
Pace Murphy 31 60.8%
Mecole Hardman 29 56.9%
Nick Allegretti 28 54.9%
Kahlil McKenzie 28 54.9%
Kyle Shurmur 25 49.0%
Darrel Williams 22 43.1%
Ryan Hunter 22 43.1%
Cody Thompson 20 39.2%
Austin Reiter 20 39.2%
Mitchell Schwartz 20 39.2%
Eric Fisher 20 39.2%
Cam Erving 20 39.2%
Demarcus Robinson 17 33.3%
Patrick Mahomes 16 31.4%
Travis Kelce 16 31.4%
Sammy Watkins 16 31.4%
Tyreek Hill 15 29.4%
Darwin Thompson 13 25.5%
Nick Keizer 12 23.5%
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 8 15.7%
Carlos Hyde 8 15.7%
Damien Williams 8 15.7%
Jimmy Murray 6 11.8%
Dino Boyd 6 11.8%
Chase Litton 6 11.8%
Jeff Allen 6 11.8%
Rashard Davis 4 7.8%
Chad Henne 4 7.8%
Anthony Sherman 3 5.9%
Manasseh Garner 3 5.9%
Zack Golditch 3 5.9%
Joe Fortson 2 3.9%
Tremon Smith 1 2.0%

Chiefs-49ers Defense

Player Snaps Pct
Ben Niemann 43 60.6%
Juan Thornhill 42 59.2%
Daniel Sorensen 39 54.9%
Dorian O'Daniel 36 50.7%
Tanoh Kpassagnon 34 47.9%
Morris Claiborne 34 47.9%
Charvarius Ward 33 46.5%
Emmanuel Ogbah 31 43.7%
Herb Miller 30 42.3%
Khalen Saunders 29 40.8%
Armani Watts 28 39.4%
Mark Fields 25 35.2%
Jordan Lucas 24 33.8%
Alex Okafor 23 32.4%
Anthony Hitchens 23 32.4%
Frank Clark 23 32.4%
Justin Hamilton 21 29.6%
Jeremiah Attaochu 20 28.2%
Damien Wilson 20 28.2%
Chris Jones 20 28.2%
Bashaud Breeland 20 28.2%
Reggie Ragland 19 26.8%
Joey Ivie 18 25.4%
Robert McCray 17 23.9%
Cavon Walker 17 23.9%
Kendall Fuller 17 23.9%
Derrick Nnadi 16 22.5%
Xavier Williams 15 21.1%
Rashad Fenton 14 19.7%
Hunter Dimick 12 16.9%
Darron Lee 11 15.5%
D'Montre Wade 6 8.5%
Raymond Davison 5 7.0%
Andrew Soroh 5 7.0%
Dakari Monroe 5 7.0%
Harold Jones-Quartey 5 7.0%

Chiefs-49ers Special Teams

Player Snaps Pct
Jeremiah Attaochu 12 48.0%
Raymond Davison 12 48.0%
Armani Watts 11 44.0%
Ben Niemann 10 40.0%
Dorian O'Daniel 10 40.0%
Jordan Lucas 10 40.0%
Byron Pringle 9 36.0%
Anthony Sherman 9 36.0%
Daniel Sorensen 9 36.0%
Darrel Williams 8 32.0%
Nick Keizer 8 32.0%
Tremon Smith 8 32.0%
Tanoh Kpassagnon 8 32.0%
Herb Miller 8 32.0%
D'Montre Wade 8 32.0%
James Winchester 8 32.0%
Jamal Custis 8 32.0%
Blake Bell 7 28.0%
Cody Thompson 7 28.0%
Harrison Butker 7 28.0%
Juan Thornhill 6 24.0%
Darron Lee 6 24.0%
De'Anthony Thomas 6 24.0%
Demarcus Robinson 5 20.0%
Robert McCray 5 20.0%
Rashad Fenton 5 20.0%
Jack Fox 5 20.0%
Justin Hamilton 4 16.0%
Mecole Hardman 3 12.0%
Rashard Davis 3 12.0%
Charvarius Ward 3 12.0%
Cavon Walker 3 12.0%
Andrew Soroh 3 12.0%
Dustin Colquitt 3 12.0%
Andrew Wylie 2 8.0%
Ryan Hunter 2 8.0%
Austin Reiter 2 8.0%
Mitchell Schwartz 2 8.0%
Eric Fisher 2 8.0%
Darwin Thompson 2 8.0%
Emmanuel Ogbah 2 8.0%
Damien Wilson 2 8.0%
Reggie Ragland 2 8.0%
Joey Ivie 2 8.0%
Derrick Nnadi 2 8.0%
Xavier Williams 2 8.0%
D'Juan Hines 2 8.0%
Pace Murphy 1 4.0%
Nick Allegretti 1 4.0%
Kahlil McKenzie 1 4.0%
Cam Erving 1 4.0%
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 1 4.0%
Jimmy Murray 1 4.0%
Dino Boyd 1 4.0%
Alex Okafor 1 4.0%
Anthony Hitchens 1 4.0%
Chris Jones 1 4.0%
Chidi Okeke 1 4.0%

Chiefs-49ers All

Player Off Def ST Pct
Ben Niemann 0 43 10 36.1%
Juan Thornhill 0 42 6 32.7%
Daniel Sorensen 0 39 9 32.7%
Dorian O'Daniel 0 36 10 31.3%
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0 34 8 28.6%
Blake Bell 34 0 7 27.9%
Byron Pringle 32 0 9 27.9%
Andrew Wylie 37 0 2 26.5%
Armani Watts 0 28 11 26.5%
Herb Miller 0 30 8 25.9%
Charvarius Ward 0 33 3 24.5%
Morris Claiborne 0 34 0 23.1%
Jordan Lucas 0 24 10 23.1%
Emmanuel Ogbah 0 31 2 22.4%
Pace Murphy 31 0 1 21.8%
Mecole Hardman 29 0 3 21.8%
Jeremiah Attaochu 0 20 12 21.8%
Darrel Williams 22 0 8 20.4%
Nick Allegretti 28 0 1 19.7%
Kahlil McKenzie 28 0 1 19.7%
Khalen Saunders 0 29 0 19.7%
Cody Thompson 20 0 7 18.4%
Kyle Shurmur 25 0 0 17.0%
Mark Fields 0 25 0 17.0%
Justin Hamilton 0 21 4 17.0%
Ryan Hunter 22 0 2 16.3%
Alex Okafor 0 23 1 16.3%
Anthony Hitchens 0 23 1 16.3%
Frank Clark 0 23 0 15.6%
Austin Reiter 20 0 2 15.0%
Mitchell Schwartz 20 0 2 15.0%
Eric Fisher 20 0 2 15.0%
Demarcus Robinson 17 0 5 15.0%
Damien Wilson 0 20 2 15.0%
Robert McCray 0 17 5 15.0%
Cam Erving 20 0 1 14.3%
Chris Jones 0 20 1 14.3%
Reggie Ragland 0 19 2 14.3%
Nick Keizer 12 0 8 13.6%
Bashaud Breeland 0 20 0 13.6%
Joey Ivie 0 18 2 13.6%
Cavon Walker 0 17 3 13.6%
Rashad Fenton 0 14 5 12.9%
Derrick Nnadi 0 16 2 12.2%
Kendall Fuller 0 17 0 11.6%
Xavier Williams 0 15 2 11.6%
Darron Lee 0 11 6 11.6%
Raymond Davison 0 5 12 11.6%
Patrick Mahomes 16 0 0 10.9%
Travis Kelce 16 0 0 10.9%
Sammy Watkins 16 0 0 10.9%
Tyreek Hill 15 0 0 10.2%
Darwin Thompson 13 0 2 10.2%
D'Montre Wade 0 6 8 9.5%
Anthony Sherman 3 0 9 8.2%
Hunter Dimick 0 12 0 8.2%
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 8 0 1 6.1%
Tremon Smith 1 0 8 6.1%
Carlos Hyde 8 0 0 5.4%
Damien Williams 8 0 0 5.4%
Andrew Soroh 0 5 3 5.4%
James Winchester 0 0 8 5.4%
Jamal Custis 0 0 8 5.4%
Jimmy Murray 6 0 1 4.8%
Dino Boyd 6 0 1 4.8%
Rashard Davis 4 0 3 4.8%
Harrison Butker 0 0 7 4.8%
Chase Litton 6 0 0 4.1%
Jeff Allen 6 0 0 4.1%
De'Anthony Thomas 0 0 6 4.1%
Dakari Monroe 0 5 0 3.4%
Harold Jones-Quartey 0 5 0 3.4%
Jack Fox 0 0 5 3.4%
Chad Henne 4 0 0 2.7%
Manasseh Garner 3 0 0 2.0%
Zack Golditch 3 0 0 2.0%
Dustin Colquitt 0 0 3 2.0%
Joe Fortson 2 0 0 1.4%
D'Juan Hines 0 0 2 1.4%
Chidi Okeke 0 0 1 0.7%

Starters (offensive): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Cameron Erving, C Austin Reiter, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RT Mitchell Schwartz, TE Travis Kelce, WR Sammy Watkins, QB Patrick Mahomes, RB Damien Williams and WR Demarcus Robinson.

Starters (defensive): LDE Alex Okafor, LDT Chris Jones, RDT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Frank Clark, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Reggie Ragland, NB Kendall Fuller, LCB Charvarius Ward, RCB Bashaud Breeland, FS Daniel Sorensen and SS Juan Thornhill.

Did not play: WR Gehrig Dieter, CB Michael Hunter, DB Tyrann Mathieu, RB Marcus Marshall, TE John Lovett, LB Darius Harris, LB Breeland Speaks, WR Felton Davis, TE Deon Yelder and WR Jalen Tolliver.

Takeaways — in no particular order:

  • If we take head coach Andy Reid’s word for it — that the third preseason game is essentially a dress rehearsal for the regular season — the starting lineup looks to be working out essentially as we have been expecting. Robinson appears to be firmly entrenched as the third wide receiver behind Hill and Watkins; Damien Williams will start at running back. It looks like Okafor, Jones, Nnadi and Clark will anchor the defensive line. Thornhill will likely start alongside Mathieu.
  • Again, if we believe what Reid told us last week — that second and third-team players would carry the load after the starters checked out of Saturday’s game — there isn’t much good news for players like Chidi Okeke, D’Juan Hines, Joe Fortson, Zack Golditch and Manessah Garner. All of them had just a a handful of snaps in Saturday’s game. None have been considered likely to make the team anyway, but their lack of playing time against the 49ers confirms this. They will all have to make a special effort to make an impression when the starters sit this Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers.
  • It’s becoming increasingly difficult to see how running back Carlos Hyde will be on the team in September. By and large, he hasn’t been productive in the Chiefs offense — but that’s the only time he’s seeing the field. With so many tough decisions to make, why use a roster spot on a backup running back who can make no contribution elsewhere?
  • On the other hand, the news is good for Hyde’s former 49ers teammate Blake Bell. The playing time he received in the dress rehearsal game makes it pretty clear he is the leading candidate to replace Demetrius Harris as the team’s backup tight end. Now with his fourth NFL team in his fifth season, The Belldozer might be on the verge of making a team where he will have more opportunities to produce than in his previous stops.