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Chiefs-Raiders: Making sense of snap counts

How were Chiefs players used in the team’s first loss of the season?

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs dropped their first game of the season on Sunday, falling to the Las Vegas Raiders 40-32 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Let’s see how Chiefs players were used in Week 5.


Starters (offensive): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Kelechi Osemele, C Austin Reiter, RG Andrew Wylie, RT Mitchell Schwartz, TE Travis Kelce, TE Nick Keizer, WR Mecole Hardman, QB Patrick Mahomes and RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Starters (defensive): LDE Tanoh Kpassagnon, LDT Chris Jones, RDT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Frank Clark, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Damien Wilson, LB Willie Gay Jr., LCB Charvarius Ward, RCB Bashaud Breeland, FS Juan Thornhill and SS Tyrann Mathieu.

Did not play: QB Chad Henne.

Inactive: RB DeAndre Washington, LB Darius Harris, DE Demone Harris, OL Yasir Durant and TE Ricky Seals-Jones

Editor’s Note: Arrowhead Pride obtains snap count data from the NFL’s game stats and information system, which allows us to break out snap counts by run or pass on offensive and defensive plays. Because GSIS data ignores plays that were nullified by penalties, total offensive and defensive snap counts will vary from other sources, which get their data from NFL Gamebooks

Offense All Pass Run
Total 67
(100%)
47
(100%)
20
(100%)
Eric Fisher 67
(100%)
47
(100%)
20
(100%)
Patrick Mahomes 67
(100%)
47
(100%)
20
(100%)
Austin Reiter 67
(100%)
47
(100%)
20
(100%)
Mitchell Schwartz 67
(100%)
47
(100%)
20
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 67
(100%)
47
(100%)
20
(100%)
Mike Remmers 63
(94%)
46
(98%)
17
(85%)
Travis Kelce 60
(90%)
41
(87%)
19
(95%)
Tyreek Hill 58
(87%)
40
(85%)
18
(90%)
Mecole Hardman 47
(70%)
33
(70%)
14
(70%)
Demarcus Robinson 47
(70%)
34
(72%)
13
(65%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 39
(58%)
23
(49%)
16
(80%)
Darrel Williams 28
(42%)
24
(51%)
4
(20%)
Sammy Watkins 25
(37%)
17
(36%)
8
(40%)
Nick Keizer 14
(21%)
7
(15%)
7
(35%)
Byron Pringle 9
(13%)
9
(19%)
0
(0%)
Deon Yelder 7
(10%)
6
(13%)
1
(5%)
Kelechi Osemele 4
(6%)
1
(2%)
3
(15%)
Anthony Sherman 1
(1%)
1
(2%)
0
(0%)

Offensive takeaways

After wide receiver Sammy Watkins was injured, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson had a very similar percentage of snaps. Hardman was used as an every-down player, while Robinson was used a little more on passing downs. Hardman continued to get his usual work in special teams.

Meanwhile, Byron Pringle had his highest use of the season on offense — all of it on passing downs.

At running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire saw his lowest use of the season — and also the widest disparity between running and passing plays. Darrel Williams got the extra snaps — mostly on passing plays. Once again, Darwin Thompson didn’t see the field on offense, while DeAndre Washington — just promoted to the active roster from the practice squad — was inactive for the game.

After several games in which his use declined, tight end Travis Kelce’s use increased to 90% of the offensive snaps. And for the first time this season, he was used on a near-equal percentage of running and passing plays.

Defense All Pass Run
Total 67
(100%)
32
(100%)
35
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 67
(100%)
32
(100%)
35
(100%)
Juan Thornhill 66
(99%)
32
(100%)
34
(97%)
Frank Clark 57
(85%)
27
(84%)
30
(86%)
Damien Wilson 57
(85%)
23
(72%)
34
(97%)
Chris Jones 50
(75%)
24
(75%)
26
(74%)
Bashaud Breeland 49
(73%)
23
(72%)
26
(74%)
Charvarius Ward 47
(70%)
24
(75%)
23
(66%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 45
(67%)
22
(69%)
23
(66%)
Anthony Hitchens 44
(66%)
16
(50%)
28
(80%)
Derrick Nnadi 36
(54%)
11
(34%)
25
(71%)
Daniel Sorensen 35
(52%)
19
(59%)
16
(46%)
Rashad Fenton 34
(51%)
18
(56%)
16
(46%)
Willie Gay Jr. 32
(48%)
13
(41%)
19
(54%)
Alex Okafor 31
(46%)
18
(56%)
13
(37%)
Ben Niemann 25
(37%)
16
(50%)
9
(26%)
Mike Pennel 23
(34%)
12
(38%)
11
(31%)
Tershawn Wharton 17
(25%)
8
(25%)
9
(26%)
Taco Charlton 11
(16%)
6
(19%)
5
(14%)
Antonio Hamilton 9
(13%)
6
(19%)
3
(9%)
Tedric Thompson 2
(3%)
2
(6%)
0
(0%)

Defensive takeaways

Coming off his groin injury, defensive tackle Chris Jones was used a little less often than we would typically see. That led to a corresponding frop in Mike Pennel’s use. Against the Raiders, both were used as every-down players.

At defensive end, Alex Okafor had a season-high percentage of snaps on defense — which appeared to be at the expense of Tanoh Kpassagnon.

Rookie linebacker Willie Gay Jr.’s use on defense continued to steadily increase, while he continued to get his share of special-teams plays.

In his first game back from suspension, Bashuad Breeland was used on 73% of the defensive snaps, which came at the expense of Rashad Fenton and Antonio Hamilton. Meanwhile, Daniel Sorensen had a season-low percentage of snaps, accompanied by a higher percentage of special-teams plays.

Linebacker Anthony Hitchens apparently missed relatively few plays as a result of the hand injury he suffered in the game; he was in for a pretty normal percentage of snaps. Ben Niemann appears to have taken up the few snaps he missed — and like Sorensen, had a season-high percentage of use on special teams.

Special Teams Snaps
Total 31
(100%)
Antonio Hamilton 27
(87%)
Dorian O'Daniel 27
(87%)
Armani Watts 27
(87%)
Ben Niemann 22
(71%)
Anthony Sherman 22
(71%)
Daniel Sorensen 22
(71%)
Byron Pringle 20
(65%)
Willie Gay Jr. 19
(61%)
Mecole Hardman 17
(55%)
Nick Keizer 13
(42%)
Darwin Thompson 13
(42%)
Harrison Butker 10
(32%)
Tommy Townsend 8
(26%)
Damien Wilson 8
(26%)
James Winchester 8
(26%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 7
(23%)
Derrick Nnadi 7
(23%)
Mike Pennel 7
(23%)
Rashad Fenton 6
(19%)
Chris Jones 6
(19%)
Anthony Hitchens 5
(16%)
Tedric Thompson 5
(16%)
Nick Allegretti 4
(13%)
Eric Fisher 4
(13%)
Daniel Kilgore 4
(13%)
Austin Reiter 4
(13%)
Mike Remmers 4
(13%)
Andrew Wylie 4
(13%)
Deon Yelder 4
(13%)
Demarcus Robinson 3
(10%)
BoPete Keyes 2
(6%)
Tyreek Hill 1
(3%)
Tershawn Wharton 1
(3%)

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 67
(100%)
67
(100%)
31
(100%)
165
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
4
(13%)
4
(2%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
49
(73%)
0
(0%)
49
(30%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
10
(32%)
10
(6%)
Taco Charlton 0
(0%)
11
(16%)
0
(0%)
11
(7%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
57
(85%)
0
(0%)
57
(35%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 39
(58%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
39
(24%)
Rashad Fenton 0
(0%)
34
(51%)
6
(19%)
40
(24%)
Eric Fisher 67
(100%)
0
(0%)
4
(13%)
71
(43%)
Willie Gay Jr. 0
(0%)
32
(48%)
19
(61%)
51
(31%)
Antonio Hamilton 0
(0%)
9
(13%)
27
(87%)
36
(22%)
Mecole Hardman 47
(70%)
0
(0%)
17
(55%)
64
(39%)
Tyreek Hill 58
(87%)
0
(0%)
1
(3%)
59
(36%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
44
(66%)
5
(16%)
49
(30%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
50
(75%)
6
(19%)
56
(34%)
Nick Keizer 14
(21%)
0
(0%)
13
(42%)
27
(16%)
Travis Kelce 60
(90%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
60
(36%)
BoPete Keyes 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
2
(6%)
2
(1%)
Daniel Kilgore 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
4
(13%)
4
(2%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
45
(67%)
7
(23%)
52
(32%)
Patrick Mahomes 67
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
67
(41%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
67
(100%)
0
(0%)
67
(41%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
25
(37%)
22
(71%)
47
(28%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
36
(54%)
7
(23%)
43
(26%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
27
(87%)
27
(16%)
Alex Okafor 0
(0%)
31
(46%)
0
(0%)
31
(19%)
Kelechi Osemele 4
(6%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
4
(2%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
23
(34%)
7
(23%)
30
(18%)
Byron Pringle 9
(13%)
0
(0%)
20
(65%)
29
(18%)
Austin Reiter 67
(100%)
0
(0%)
4
(13%)
71
(43%)
Mike Remmers 63
(94%)
0
(0%)
4
(13%)
67
(41%)
Demarcus Robinson 47
(70%)
0
(0%)
3
(10%)
50
(30%)
Mitchell Schwartz 67
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
67
(41%)
Anthony Sherman 1
(1%)
0
(0%)
22
(71%)
23
(14%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
35
(52%)
22
(71%)
57
(35%)
Darwin Thompson 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
13
(42%)
13
(8%)
Tedric Thompson 0
(0%)
2
(3%)
5
(16%)
7
(4%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
66
(99%)
0
(0%)
66
(40%)
Tommy Townsend 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
8
(26%)
8
(5%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
47
(70%)
0
(0%)
47
(28%)
Sammy Watkins 25
(37%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
25
(15%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
27
(87%)
27
(16%)
Tershawn Wharton 0
(0%)
17
(25%)
1
(3%)
18
(11%)
Darrel Williams 28
(42%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
28
(17%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
57
(85%)
8
(26%)
65
(39%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
8
(26%)
8
(5%)
Andrew Wylie 67
(100%)
0
(0%)
4
(13%)
71
(43%)
Deon Yelder 7
(10%)
0
(0%)
4
(13%)
11
(7%)