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Chiefs-Buccaneers snap counts: Thornhill, Wharton get surprising usage

Analyzing how the Chiefs used their players in their 27-24 win over Tampa Bay.

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On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs traveled to Tampa, picking up a 27-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Let’s see how the team used its players in the their tenth victory of the season.


Starters (offensive): WR Tyreek Hill, LT Eric Fisher, LG Nick Allegretti, C Austin Reiter, RG Andrew Wylie, RT Mike Remmers, WR Demarcus Robinson, TE Travis Kelce, QB Patrick Mahomes, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire and WR Sammy Watkins.

Starters (defensive): LDE Tanoh Kpassagnon, DT Derrick Nnadi, LDT Chris Jones, RDE Frank Clark, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Damien Wilson, LCB Charvarius Ward, RCB Bashaud Breeland, SS Daniel Sorensen, DB L’Jarius Sneed and CB Tyrann Mathieu.

Did not play: QB Chad Henne, C Daniel Kilgore and T Martinas Rankin.

Inactive: CB BoPete Keyes, LB Darius Harris, TE Ricky Seals-Jones, DE Tim Ward and DT Khalen Saunders.


Offensive takeaways


The offensive line of Eric Fisher, Nick Allegretti, Austin Reiter, Andrew Wylie and Mike Remmers played together for every offensive snap.

At running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le’Veon Bell had most of the snaps, showing a clear preference between them on running and passing plays. Darrel Williams was in for just 8% of the snaps — all of them passing plays.

At tight end, Travis Kelce, Nick Keizer and Deon Yelder had normal counts and usage.

After missing five games with a hamstring injury, wide receiver Sammy Watkins came back with a close-to-normal count — mostly at Mecole Hardman’s expense. Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robins had counts in a normal range, while Marcus Kemp — now moved permanently to the active roster — was on the field for 4% of the snaps.


Defensive takeaways


As we have come to expect, cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland and Charvarius Ward — and safety Daniel Sorensen — were on the field for all the defensive snaps. Tyrann Mathieu was out for 7% of the passing plays but was on the field for all of the running plays. Even after all the discussion about safety Juan Thornhill’s use in the past week, he was on the field for a near-normal percentage of plays. Meanwhile, rookie cornerback L’Jarius Sneed — after a reduced count in his return from injury a week ago — had his highest use since Week 2.

Once again, we had evidence that rookie linebacker Willie Gay is being used on defense only when the Chiefs think he’ll be effective against a particular opponent. In fact, it’s pretty clear that linebackers were little-used against Tampa Bay.

Along the defensive line, snap counts were near-normal for everyone — except for rookie Tershawn Wharton, who had the greatest use of his rookie season. When compared to fellow defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, it’s pretty clear which interior lineman the Chiefs want on the field during passing and running situations. Mike Pennel’s use was as low as it’s been all season.


Data


Offense

Offense All Pass Run
Total 72
(100%)
52
(100%)
20
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 72
(100%)
52
(100%)
20
(100%)
Eric Fisher 72
(100%)
52
(100%)
20
(100%)
Patrick Mahomes 72
(100%)
52
(100%)
20
(100%)
Austin Reiter 72
(100%)
52
(100%)
20
(100%)
Mike Remmers 72
(100%)
52
(100%)
20
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 72
(100%)
52
(100%)
20
(100%)
Tyreek Hill 63
(88%)
46
(88%)
17
(85%)
Travis Kelce 63
(88%)
47
(90%)
16
(80%)
Sammy Watkins 54
(75%)
40
(77%)
14
(70%)
Demarcus Robinson 50
(69%)
39
(75%)
11
(55%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 43
(60%)
28
(54%)
15
(75%)
Le'Veon Bell 23
(32%)
18
(35%)
5
(25%)
Nick Keizer 20
(28%)
11
(21%)
9
(45%)
Mecole Hardman 19
(26%)
16
(31%)
3
(15%)
Deon Yelder 13
(18%)
9
(17%)
4
(20%)
Darrel Williams 6
(8%)
6
(12%)
0
(0%)
Marcus Kemp 3
(4%)
0
(0%)
3
(15%)
Anthony Sherman 3
(4%)
0
(0%)
3
(15%)

Defense

Defense All Pass Run
Total 55
(100%)
42
(100%)
13
(100%)
Bashaud Breeland 55
(100%)
42
(100%)
13
(100%)
Daniel Sorensen 55
(100%)
42
(100%)
13
(100%)
Charvarius Ward 55
(100%)
42
(100%)
13
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 52
(95%)
39
(93%)
13
(100%)
Chris Jones 44
(80%)
34
(81%)
10
(77%)
Frank Clark 43
(78%)
32
(76%)
11
(85%)
Anthony Hitchens 39
(71%)
27
(64%)
12
(92%)
Tershawn Wharton 39
(71%)
34
(81%)
5
(38%)
Juan Thornhill 37
(67%)
31
(74%)
6
(46%)
L'Jarius Sneed 30
(55%)
19
(45%)
11
(85%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 27
(49%)
18
(43%)
9
(69%)
Rashad Fenton 24
(44%)
22
(52%)
2
(15%)
Alex Okafor 23
(42%)
21
(50%)
2
(15%)
Ben Niemann 19
(35%)
18
(43%)
1
(8%)
Derrick Nnadi 18
(33%)
9
(21%)
9
(69%)
Damien Wilson 17
(31%)
10
(24%)
7
(54%)
Michael Danna 16
(29%)
12
(29%)
4
(31%)
Mike Pennel 9
(16%)
7
(17%)
2
(15%)
Armani Watts 2
(4%)
2
(5%)
0
(0%)
Willie Gay Jr. 1
(2%)
1
(2%)
0
(0%)

Special Teams

Special Teams Snaps
Total 29
(100%)
Antonio Hamilton 24
(83%)
Ben Niemann 24
(83%)
Armani Watts 24
(83%)
Marcus Kemp 20
(69%)
Anthony Sherman 20
(69%)
Willie Gay Jr. 19
(66%)
Daniel Sorensen 16
(55%)
Juan Thornhill 15
(52%)
Nick Keizer 14
(48%)
Harrison Butker 11
(38%)
Rashad Fenton 10
(34%)
Mecole Hardman 10
(34%)
Darwin Thompson 10
(34%)
Tommy Townsend 9
(31%)
Damien Wilson 9
(31%)
James Winchester 9
(31%)
Deon Yelder 9
(31%)
Nick Allegretti 5
(17%)
Yasir Durant 5
(17%)
Eric Fisher 5
(17%)
Austin Reiter 5
(17%)
Mike Remmers 5
(17%)
L'Jarius Sneed 5
(17%)
Andrew Wylie 5
(17%)
Michael Danna 4
(14%)
Anthony Hitchens 4
(14%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 4
(14%)
Derrick Nnadi 4
(14%)
Mike Pennel 4
(14%)
Dorian O'Daniel 3
(10%)
Chris Jones 2
(7%)
Tershawn Wharton 2
(7%)
Darryl Williams 2
(7%)
Demarcus Robinson 1
(3%)

All Snaps

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 72
(100%)
55
(100%)
29
(100%)
156
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 72
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(17%)
77
(49%)
Le'Veon Bell 23
(32%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
23
(15%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
55
(100%)
0
(0%)
55
(35%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
11
(38%)
11
(7%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
43
(78%)
0
(0%)
43
(28%)
Michael Danna 0
(0%)
16
(29%)
4
(14%)
20
(13%)
Yasir Durant 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
5
(17%)
5
(3%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 43
(60%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
43
(28%)
Rashad Fenton 0
(0%)
24
(44%)
10
(34%)
34
(22%)
Eric Fisher 72
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(17%)
77
(49%)
Willie Gay Jr. 0
(0%)
1
(2%)
19
(66%)
20
(13%)
Antonio Hamilton 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
24
(83%)
24
(15%)
Mecole Hardman 19
(26%)
0
(0%)
10
(34%)
29
(19%)
Tyreek Hill 63
(88%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
63
(40%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
39
(71%)
4
(14%)
43
(28%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
44
(80%)
2
(7%)
46
(29%)
Nick Keizer 20
(28%)
0
(0%)
14
(48%)
34
(22%)
Travis Kelce 63
(88%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
63
(40%)
Marcus Kemp 3
(4%)
0
(0%)
20
(69%)
23
(15%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
27
(49%)
4
(14%)
31
(20%)
Patrick Mahomes 72
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
72
(46%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
52
(95%)
0
(0%)
52
(33%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
19
(35%)
24
(83%)
43
(28%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
18
(33%)
4
(14%)
22
(14%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
3
(10%)
3
(2%)
Alex Okafor 0
(0%)
23
(42%)
0
(0%)
23
(15%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
9
(16%)
4
(14%)
13
(8%)
Austin Reiter 72
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(17%)
77
(49%)
Mike Remmers 72
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(17%)
77
(49%)
Demarcus Robinson 50
(69%)
0
(0%)
1
(3%)
51
(33%)
Anthony Sherman 3
(4%)
0
(0%)
20
(69%)
23
(15%)
L'Jarius Sneed 0
(0%)
30
(55%)
5
(17%)
35
(22%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
55
(100%)
16
(55%)
71
(46%)
Darwin Thompson 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
10
(34%)
10
(6%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
37
(67%)
15
(52%)
52
(33%)
Tommy Townsend 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(31%)
9
(6%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
55
(100%)
0
(0%)
55
(35%)
Sammy Watkins 54
(75%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
54
(35%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
2
(4%)
24
(83%)
26
(17%)
Tershawn Wharton 0
(0%)
39
(71%)
2
(7%)
41
(26%)
Darrel Williams 6
(8%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
6
(4%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
17
(31%)
9
(31%)
26
(17%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(31%)
9
(6%)
Andrew Wylie 72
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(17%)
77
(49%)
Deon Yelder 13
(18%)
0
(0%)
9
(31%)
22
(14%)
Darryl Williams 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
2
(7%)
2
(1%)

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