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Chiefs-Patriots snap counts: Willie Gay on the field, Darwin Thompson off

Taking a look at the snap counts from Monday night’s Chiefs victory.

New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the New England Patriots 26-10 in Monday night’s Week 4 game. Let’s see how individual Chiefs players contributed to the win:


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

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

Did not play: QB Chad Henne and C Daniel Kilgore.

Inactive: LB Darius Harris, DE Demone Harris, OL Yasir Durant, TE Ricky Seals-Jones and DT Chris 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 55
(100%)
30
(100%)
25
(100%)
Eric Fisher 55
(100%)
30
(100%)
25
(100%)
Patrick Mahomes 55
(100%)
30
(100%)
25
(100%)
Kelechi Osemele 55
(100%)
30
(100%)
25
(100%)
Austin Reiter 55
(100%)
30
(100%)
25
(100%)
Mitchell Schwartz 55
(100%)
30
(100%)
25
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 55
(100%)
30
(100%)
25
(100%)
Tyreek Hill 51
(93%)
30
(100%)
21
(84%)
Sammy Watkins 46
(84%)
25
(83%)
21
(84%)
Travis Kelce 42
(76%)
28
(93%)
14
(56%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 41
(75%)
23
(77%)
18
(72%)
Mecole Hardman 25
(45%)
15
(50%)
10
(40%)
Demarcus Robinson 23
(42%)
15
(50%)
8
(32%)
Nick Keizer 18
(33%)
5
(17%)
13
(52%)
Darrel Williams 14
(25%)
7
(23%)
7
(28%)
Deon Yelder 12
(22%)
2
(7%)
10
(40%)
Anthony Sherman 3
(5%)
0
(0%)
3
(12%)

Offensive takeaways

Travis Kelce’s overall use continued to decline slightly from previous weeks, while the gulf between his use in passing and running plays widened. Nick Keizer and Deon Yelder (logging his greatest percentage of snaps so far this season) took up the slack. Keizer, however, is still getting more snaps.

After having his use peak against the Los Angeles Chargers, wide receiver Mecole Hardman is coming back into play — although he’s now being used more often in passing plays. Demarcus Robinson also had his most use against the Chargers, but his use is trending down.

Running back Darwin Thompson had no offensive snaps against the Patriots, but continued to get on the field with special teams.

Defense All Pass Run
Total 74
(100%)
39
(100%)
35
(100%)
Rashad Fenton 74
(100%)
39
(100%)
35
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 74
(100%)
39
(100%)
35
(100%)
Juan Thornhill 73
(99%)
39
(100%)
34
(97%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 65
(88%)
35
(90%)
30
(86%)
Frank Clark 60
(81%)
33
(85%)
27
(77%)
Charvarius Ward 58
(78%)
29
(74%)
29
(83%)
Anthony Hitchens 55
(74%)
24
(62%)
31
(89%)
Daniel Sorensen 51
(69%)
34
(87%)
17
(49%)
Damien Wilson 50
(68%)
20
(51%)
30
(86%)
Mike Pennel 45
(61%)
19
(49%)
26
(74%)
Derrick Nnadi 42
(57%)
18
(46%)
24
(69%)
Tershawn Wharton 41
(55%)
25
(64%)
16
(46%)
Antonio Hamilton 25
(34%)
17
(44%)
8
(23%)
Willie Gay Jr. 24
(32%)
5
(13%)
19
(54%)
Alex Okafor 21
(28%)
15
(38%)
6
(17%)
Ben Niemann 20
(27%)
16
(41%)
4
(11%)
Taco Charlton 17
(23%)
9
(23%)
8
(23%)
Tedric Thompson 14
(19%)
11
(28%)
3
(9%)
Michael Danna 5
(7%)
2
(5%)
3
(9%)

Defensive takeaways

Rookie Willie Gay Jr. got his first start for the Chiefs on Monday. Here’s how all of the linebackers’ snap counts have shaken out over the first quarter of the season.

Tershawn Wharton’s counts were up, while Michael Danna’s were down. Mike Pennel — starting for the first time since the 2019 postseason — was on the field for about three in five of the defensive snaps, mostly on running plays. After missing two games, Alex Okafor went right back to work. Charvarius Ward was on the field almost full time.

Special Teams Snaps
Total 23
(100%)
Antonio Hamilton 18
(78%)
Dorian O'Daniel 18
(78%)
Anthony Sherman 18
(78%)
Armani Watts 18
(78%)
Willie Gay Jr. 16
(70%)
Byron Pringle 15
(65%)
Nick Keizer 13
(57%)
Harrison Butker 11
(48%)
Marcus Kemp 11
(48%)
Ben Niemann 11
(48%)
Daniel Sorensen 9
(39%)
Darwin Thompson 9
(39%)
Tommy Townsend 9
(39%)
James Winchester 9
(39%)
Eric Fisher 7
(30%)
Mecole Hardman 7
(30%)
Damien Wilson 7
(30%)
Tedric Thompson 6
(26%)
Nick Allegretti 5
(22%)
Kelechi Osemele 5
(22%)
Austin Reiter 5
(22%)
Mike Remmers 5
(22%)
Mitchell Schwartz 5
(22%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 3
(13%)
Mike Pennel 3
(13%)
Michael Danna 2
(9%)
Anthony Hitchens 2
(9%)
Derrick Nnadi 2
(9%)
Tyreek Hill 1
(4%)

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 55
(100%)
74
(100%)
23
(100%)
152
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
5
(22%)
5
(3%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
11
(48%)
11
(7%)
Taco Charlton 0
(0%)
17
(23%)
0
(0%)
17
(11%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
60
(81%)
0
(0%)
60
(39%)
Michael Danna 0
(0%)
5
(7%)
2
(9%)
7
(5%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 41
(75%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
41
(27%)
Rashad Fenton 0
(0%)
74
(100%)
0
(0%)
74
(49%)
Eric Fisher 55
(100%)
0
(0%)
7
(30%)
62
(41%)
Willie Gay Jr. 0
(0%)
24
(32%)
16
(70%)
40
(26%)
Antonio Hamilton 0
(0%)
25
(34%)
18
(78%)
43
(28%)
Mecole Hardman 25
(45%)
0
(0%)
7
(30%)
32
(21%)
Tyreek Hill 51
(93%)
0
(0%)
1
(4%)
52
(34%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
55
(74%)
2
(9%)
57
(38%)
Nick Keizer 18
(33%)
0
(0%)
13
(57%)
31
(20%)
Travis Kelce 42
(76%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
42
(28%)
Marcus Kemp 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
11
(48%)
11
(7%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
65
(88%)
3
(13%)
68
(45%)
Patrick Mahomes 55
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
55
(36%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
74
(100%)
0
(0%)
74
(49%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
20
(27%)
11
(48%)
31
(20%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
42
(57%)
2
(9%)
44
(29%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
18
(78%)
18
(12%)
Alex Okafor 0
(0%)
21
(28%)
0
(0%)
21
(14%)
Kelechi Osemele 55
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(22%)
60
(39%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
45
(61%)
3
(13%)
48
(32%)
Byron Pringle 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
15
(65%)
15
(10%)
Austin Reiter 55
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(22%)
60
(39%)
Mike Remmers 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
5
(22%)
5
(3%)
Demarcus Robinson 23
(42%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
23
(15%)
Mitchell Schwartz 55
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(22%)
60
(39%)
Anthony Sherman 3
(5%)
0
(0%)
18
(78%)
21
(14%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
51
(69%)
9
(39%)
60
(39%)
Darwin Thompson 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(39%)
9
(6%)
Tedric Thompson 0
(0%)
14
(19%)
6
(26%)
20
(13%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
73
(99%)
0
(0%)
73
(48%)
Tommy Townsend 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(39%)
9
(6%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
58
(78%)
0
(0%)
58
(38%)
Sammy Watkins 46
(84%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
46
(30%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
18
(78%)
18
(12%)
Tershawn Wharton 0
(0%)
41
(55%)
0
(0%)
41
(27%)
Darrel Williams 14
(25%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
14
(9%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
50
(68%)
7
(30%)
57
(38%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(39%)
9
(6%)
Andrew Wylie 55
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
55
(36%)
Deon Yelder 12
(22%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
12
(8%)