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The Chiefs lost to the Packers 27-20 in the fourth preseason game. Here’s how Chiefs players were used.

The Kansas City Chiefs dropped their fourth and final preseason game to the Green Bay Packers, 27-20, on Thursday night.

Before we get into snap counts, let’s take a look at the game’s starters:

Starters (offensive): WR Byron Pringle, LT Dino Boyd, LG Jeff Allen, C Nick Allegretti, RG Ryan Hunter, RT Pace Murphy, TE Manasseh Garner, TE Nick Keizer, WR Cody Thompson, QB Kyle Shurmur and RB Carlos Hyde.

Starters (defensive): LDE Jeremiah Attaochu, LDT Joey Ivie, RDT Justin Hamilton, RDE Robert McCray, WLB Reggie Ragland, MLB Ben Niemann, SLB Dorian O’Daniel, LCB Mark Fields, RCB Morris Claiborne, FS Armani Watts and SS Jordan Lucas.

Here is who did not play in the game:

Did not play: QB Chad up Henne, QB Matt Moore, WR Tyreek Hill, WR Demarcus Robinson, WR Gehrig Dieter, WR Sammy Watkins, QB Patrick Mahomes, WR Mecole Hardman, CB Bashaud Breeland, S Juan Thornhill, CB Michael Hunter, RB Darwin Thompson, RB Damien Williams, CB Kendall Fuller, S Tyrann Mathieu, CB Charvarius Ward, FB Anthony Sherman, LB Darius Harris, S Daniel Sorensen, LB Darron Lee, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Damien Wilson, DE Frank Clark, DE Breeland Speaks, C Austin Reiter, T Mitchell Schwartz, T Eric Fisher, T Cameron Erving, G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, G Andrew Wylie, TE Blake Bell, TE Deon Yelder, TE Travis Kelce, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, DT Derrick Nnadi, DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, DT Chris Jones, DE Alex Okafor and DT Xavier Williams.

Now onto the main course:

Chiefs-Packers Offense

Player Snaps Pct
Nick Keizer 72 98.6%
Dino Boyd 68 93.2%
Jimmy Murray 51 69.9%
Marcus Marshall 48 65.8%
Jamal Custis 42 57.5%
Cody Thompson 41 56.2%
Chidi Okeke 41 56.2%
Rashard Davis 40 54.8%
Pace Murphy 37 50.7%
Nick Allegretti 37 50.7%
Kyle Shurmur 37 50.7%
Ryan Hunter 37 50.7%
Kahlil McKenzie 36 49.3%
Zack Golditch 36 49.3%
Chase Litton 36 49.3%
Carlos Hyde 25 34.2%
Manasseh Garner 24 32.9%
Jeff Allen 22 30.1%
Felton Davis 20 27.4%
Tremon Smith 19 26.0%
Joe Fortson 18 24.7%
Byron Pringle 7 9.6%
Jalen Tolliver 6 8.2%
De'Anthony Thomas 3 4.1%

Chiefs-Packers Defense

Player Snaps Pct
Hunter Dimick 44 80.0%
Robert McCray 43 78.2%
Jeremiah Attaochu 42 76.4%
Cavon Walker 41 74.5%
Khalen Saunders 41 74.5%
Mark Fields 40 72.7%
Armani Watts 35 63.6%
Morris Claiborne 32 58.2%
Dorian O'Daniel 31 56.4%
Herb Miller 24 43.6%
Rashad Fenton 19 34.5%
Jordan Lucas 19 34.5%
D'Montre Wade 18 32.7%
Joey Ivie 14 25.5%
Justin Hamilton 14 25.5%
Reggie Ragland 9 16.4%
Ben Niemann 7 12.7%

Chiefs-Packers Special Teams

Player Snaps Pct
Nick Keizer 19 65.5%
Raymond Davison 19 65.5%
Jeremiah Attaochu 19 65.5%
Felton Davis 2 6.9%
Armani Watts 2 6.9%
Tremon Smith 17 58.6%
Robert McCray 15 51.7%
Herb Miller 15 51.7%
D'Montre Wade 15 51.7%
Rashad Fenton 14 48.3%
Rashard Davis 13 44.8%
Harold Jones-Quartey 13 44.8%
Jamal Custis 12 41.4%
Cody Thompson 12 41.4%
Andrew Soroh 12 41.4%
D'Juan Hines 12 41.4%
Marcus Marshall 10 34.5%
Hunter Dimick 1 3.4%
Mark Fields 8 27.6%
Jack Fox 8 27.6%
James Winchester 8 27.6%
Manasseh Garner 6 20.7%
Joe Fortson 6 20.7%
Dakari Monroe 6 20.7%
Dustin Colquitt 6 20.7%
Jalen Tolliver 5 17.2%
Dino Boyd 4 13.8%
Jimmy Murray 4 13.8%
Chidi Okeke 4 13.8%
Pace Murphy 4 13.8%
Nick Allegretti 4 13.8%
Kahlil McKenzie 4 13.8%
Cavon Walker 4 13.8%
Khalen Saunders 4 13.8%
Joey Ivie 4 13.8%
Damien Williams 4 13.8%
Harrison Butker 4 13.8%

Takeaways — in no particular order:

  • Preseason game four is interesting in the sense that you probably learn more from who didn’t get snaps than who did. As Juan Thornhill alluded to on KCTV5’s telecast last night, those who didn’t play in Thursday night’s game have already turned their attention to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The players of note who did not have snaps on Thursday (thus heightening their value) were running back Darwin Thompson, cornerback Charvarius Ward, tight end Blake Bell, defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon and defensive tackle Xavier Williams. Running back Carlos Hyde, by comparison, had 25 offensive snaps.
  • Tight end Nick Keizer made the most of his team-leading 72 offensive snaps, recording five receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Rashard Davis, who had only 40 snaps, was targeted nine times, securing seven balls for 47 yards. Running back Marcus Marshall stood out—in his 48 snaps, he had 14 carries for 59 yards.
  • Wide receivers Byron Pringle and De’Anthony Thomas, who should make the team, had seven and three offensive snaps, respectively. Running back/wide receiver Tremon Smith, who is pushing to make the club, was on the field for 19 snaps.
  • It was interesting to see offensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie, who was on the 53-man roster all of last year, on the field for 36 snaps in the second half of the team’s fourth preseason game. We’ll see what that means for Saturday’s cut.
  • Linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu was probably the Chiefs’ preseason game-four MVP, tallying a team-leading eight tackles and 2.0 sacks, three quarterback hits and two tackles for loss.
  • Third-round defensive tackle Khalen Saunders recorded 41 defensive snaps. Mo Claiborne, who the Chiefs won’t see until Week 5, was on the field for 32 snaps. Reggie Ragland saw nine defensive snaps. We explained why he was on the field for game four here.
  • Cornerbacks Herb Miller and D’Montre Wade came on for the fourth quarter and had 24 and 19 snaps, respectively. They were receiving starter consideration mere weeks ago.
  • The special-teams grinders were Keizer, Raymond Davidson and Attaochu, who each had 19 special teams snaps. Tremon Smith had 17 special-teams snaps.