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Chiefs-Panthers: Making sense of snap counts

Let’s see how the Chiefs used their players in Sunday’s win over the Panthers.

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The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Carolina Panthers 33-31 at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Let’s take a look at how the team used its players in Week 9:


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

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

Did not play: QB Chad Henne.

Inactive: WR Sammy Watkins, S Tedric Thompson, LB Darius Harris, DE Demone Harris, T Mitchell Schwartz, TE Ricky Seals-Jones and DT Khalen Saunders

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 58
(100%)
46
(100%)
12
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 58
(100%)
46
(100%)
12
(100%)
Eric Fisher 58
(100%)
46
(100%)
12
(100%)
Patrick Mahomes 58
(100%)
46
(100%)
12
(100%)
Austin Reiter 58
(100%)
46
(100%)
12
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 58
(100%)
46
(100%)
12
(100%)
Tyreek Hill 55
(95%)
44
(96%)
11
(92%)
Travis Kelce 53
(91%)
45
(98%)
8
(67%)
Mike Remmers 47
(81%)
37
(80%)
10
(83%)
Demarcus Robinson 46
(79%)
38
(83%)
8
(67%)
Mecole Hardman 39
(67%)
32
(70%)
7
(58%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 25
(43%)
19
(41%)
6
(50%)
Le'Veon Bell 18
(31%)
13
(28%)
5
(42%)
Byron Pringle 18
(31%)
14
(30%)
4
(33%)
Darrel Williams 15
(26%)
14
(30%)
1
(8%)
Nick Keizer 13
(22%)
9
(20%)
4
(33%)
Yasir Durant 11
(19%)
9
(20%)
2
(17%)
Deon Yelder 7
(12%)
2
(4%)
5
(42%)
Daniel Kilgore 1
(2%)
0
(0%)
1
(8%)

Offensive takeaways

After being injured, right tackle Mike Remmers — himself filling in for Mitchell Schwartz — was out for 11 offensive plays. Undrafted rookie Yasir Durant stepped in for those snaps. Otherwise, the line was intact for all of the offensive plays.

For the first time this season, it was a real running back by committee — but Darwin Thompson wasn’t invited to the meeting. Clyde Edwards-Helaire still had the most snaps, but Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams were right behind him. Thompson was used only on special teams.

Tight end Travis Kelce was on the field for the greatest percentage of snaps he’s had since Week 1.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill also saw his highest use since the first week of the season. Mecole Hardman was steady, Demarcus Robinson was used a bit more and Byron Pringle’s use declined. Gehrig Dieter — elevated from the practice squad for this game — saw his first snaps of the season, but they were all on special teams.

Defense All Pass Run
Total 75
(100%)
51
(100%)
24
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 75
(100%)
51
(100%)
24
(100%)
Daniel Sorensen 75
(100%)
51
(100%)
24
(100%)
Charvarius Ward 74
(99%)
51
(100%)
23
(96%)
Bashaud Breeland 73
(97%)
51
(100%)
22
(92%)
Frank Clark 64
(85%)
45
(88%)
19
(79%)
Juan Thornhill 63
(84%)
47
(92%)
16
(67%)
Chris Jones 61
(81%)
44
(86%)
17
(71%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 59
(79%)
42
(82%)
17
(71%)
Tershawn Wharton 46
(61%)
35
(69%)
11
(46%)
Anthony Hitchens 38
(51%)
20
(39%)
18
(75%)
Ben Niemann 38
(51%)
31
(61%)
7
(29%)
Derrick Nnadi 35
(47%)
20
(39%)
15
(63%)
Damien Wilson 34
(45%)
19
(37%)
15
(63%)
Rashad Fenton 30
(40%)
21
(41%)
9
(38%)
Michael Danna 26
(35%)
15
(29%)
11
(46%)
Armani Watts 12
(16%)
11
(22%)
1
(4%)
Willie Gay Jr. 11
(15%)
4
(8%)
7
(29%)
Mike Pennel 10
(13%)
3
(6%)
7
(29%)
Taco Charlton 1
(1%)
0
(0%)
1
(4%)

Defensive takeaways

As usual, Tyrann Mathieu, Daniel Sorensen, Charvarius Ward and Bashaud Breeland were on the field for nearly every defensive snap. Just as in last week’s game against the New York Jets, Juan Thornhill came in as a third safety on 84% of the snaps — mostly on pass plays.

Once again, Frank Clark and Tanoh Kpassagnon were the mainstays at defensive end. Rookie Michael Danna continued to get work — but not as much as you might expect, considering that Taco Charlton missed most of the game after being injured.

Without Charlton, the Chiefs simply got put their defensive tackles on the field a bit more often. Rookie Tershawn Wharton continued to get plenty of snaps, while Mike Pennel’s use declined in Week 9.

Linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson were both used less often than we usually see. Meanwhile, rookie Willie Gay Jr.’s snaps remained steady, while Ben Niemann was used more than he had been for a number of games.

Special Teams Snaps
Total 31
(100%)
Ben Niemann 24
(77%)
Dorian O'Daniel 24
(77%)
Armani Watts 24
(77%)
Anthony Sherman 21
(68%)
Rashad Fenton 17
(55%)
Antonio Hamilton 17
(55%)
Gehrig Dieter 15
(48%)
Harrison Butker 14
(45%)
Nick Keizer 13
(42%)
Darwin Thompson 12
(39%)
Mecole Hardman 11
(35%)
Willie Gay Jr. 10
(32%)
BoPete Keyes 10
(32%)
Byron Pringle 8
(26%)
Tommy Townsend 8
(26%)
James Winchester 8
(26%)
Nick Allegretti 7
(23%)
Yasir Durant 7
(23%)
Eric Fisher 7
(23%)
Anthony Hitchens 7
(23%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 7
(23%)
Derrick Nnadi 7
(23%)
Mike Pennel 7
(23%)
Austin Reiter 7
(23%)
Daniel Sorensen 7
(23%)
Andrew Wylie 7
(23%)
Deon Yelder 7
(23%)
Chris Jones 5
(16%)
Demarcus Robinson 5
(16%)
Mike Remmers 4
(13%)
Damien Wilson 4
(13%)
Charvarius Ward 3
(10%)
Bryan Witzmann 3
(10%)
Tershawn Wharton 2
(6%)
Darryl Williams 2
(6%)

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 58
(100%)
75
(100%)
31
(100%)
164
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
7
(23%)
65
(40%)
Le'Veon Bell 18
(31%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
18
(11%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
73
(97%)
0
(0%)
73
(45%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
14
(45%)
14
(9%)
Taco Charlton 0
(0%)
1
(1%)
0
(0%)
1
(1%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
64
(85%)
0
(0%)
64
(39%)
Michael Danna 0
(0%)
26
(35%)
0
(0%)
26
(16%)
Yasir Durant 11
(19%)
0
(0%)
7
(23%)
18
(11%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 25
(43%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
25
(15%)
Rashad Fenton 0
(0%)
30
(40%)
17
(55%)
47
(29%)
Eric Fisher 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
7
(23%)
65
(40%)
Willie Gay Jr. 0
(0%)
11
(15%)
10
(32%)
21
(13%)
Antonio Hamilton 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
17
(55%)
17
(10%)
Mecole Hardman 39
(67%)
0
(0%)
11
(35%)
50
(30%)
Tyreek Hill 55
(95%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
55
(34%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
38
(51%)
7
(23%)
45
(27%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
61
(81%)
5
(16%)
66
(40%)
Nick Keizer 13
(22%)
0
(0%)
13
(42%)
26
(16%)
Travis Kelce 53
(91%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
53
(32%)
BoPete Keyes 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
10
(32%)
10
(6%)
Daniel Kilgore 1
(2%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
1
(1%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
59
(79%)
7
(23%)
66
(40%)
Patrick Mahomes 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
58
(35%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
75
(100%)
0
(0%)
75
(46%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
38
(51%)
24
(77%)
62
(38%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
35
(47%)
7
(23%)
42
(26%)
Dorian O'Daniel 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
24
(77%)
24
(15%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
10
(13%)
7
(23%)
17
(10%)
Byron Pringle 18
(31%)
0
(0%)
8
(26%)
26
(16%)
Austin Reiter 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
7
(23%)
65
(40%)
Mike Remmers 47
(81%)
0
(0%)
4
(13%)
51
(31%)
Demarcus Robinson 46
(79%)
0
(0%)
5
(16%)
51
(31%)
Anthony Sherman 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
21
(68%)
21
(13%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
75
(100%)
7
(23%)
82
(50%)
Darwin Thompson 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
12
(39%)
12
(7%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
63
(84%)
0
(0%)
63
(38%)
Tommy Townsend 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
8
(26%)
8
(5%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
74
(99%)
3
(10%)
77
(47%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
12
(16%)
24
(77%)
36
(22%)
Tershawn Wharton 0
(0%)
46
(61%)
2
(6%)
48
(29%)
Darrel Williams 15
(26%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
15
(9%)
Damien Wilson 0
(0%)
34
(45%)
4
(13%)
38
(23%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
8
(26%)
8
(5%)
Andrew Wylie 58
(100%)
0
(0%)
7
(23%)
65
(40%)
Deon Yelder 7
(12%)
0
(0%)
7
(23%)
14
(9%)
Gehrig Dieter 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
15
(48%)
15
(9%)
Darryl Williams 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
2
(6%)
2
(1%)
Bryan Witzmann 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
3
(10%)
3
(2%)