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Chiefs-Dolphins snap counts: Willie Gay sees little use with Wilson out

What can we learn from the snap counts in Sunday’s Chiefs victory over the Dolphins?

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Miami Dolphins 33-27 on Sunday afternoon, advancing to 12-1 on the season and clinching the AFC West for the fifth-straight season.

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


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

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

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

Inactive: CB BoPete Keyes, LB Damien Wilson, T Martinas Rankin, TE Ricky Seals-Jones, DE Tim Ward and DT Khalen Saunders


Offensive takeaways


Right tackle Mike Remmers — himself filling in for Mitchell Schwartz, who remains on injured reserve — left the game in the third quarter with what was said to be a back injury. Undrafted rookie Yasir Durant came in for the rest of the snaps. Otherwise, Eric Fisher, Nick Allegretti, Austin Reiter and Andrew Wylie played all of the snaps on the offensive line. Veteran Stefen Wisniewski was elevated from the practice squad for the game, collecting only five snaps on special teams.

The Chiefs relied less on their backup tight ends than we have seen in recent games. While Travis Kelce continued to see a normal percentage of use (90% of the offensive snaps), Deon Yelder’s use was down a bit on Sunday — while Nick Keizer’s seem to be steadily decreasing.

After missing Week 13’s game recovering from an illness, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire came back against Miami — and was on the field as much as he’s been at any point of the season. The opposite was true for Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s use was normal at 92%. Mecole Hardman’s use remained steady — although he saw more special-teams snaps than he has since Week 5. Sammy Watkins’ use was up a bit, while Demarcus Robinson’s continued to trend down.


Defensive takeaways


Safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Daniel Sorensen were on the field for every defensive snap; cornerback Bashaud Breeland missed only two. Charvarius Ward was on the field for just 68% of the snaps because of a concussion scare, opening the door for Rashad Fenton to have more use than he’s seen since Week 6. L’Jarius Sneed’s use was steady at 71%, while safety Juan Thornhill’s use continued to wary from week to week.

But perhaps the biggest surprise was at the defense’s second level. We had expected rookie Willie Gay Jr. to get most of Damien Wilson’s snaps while he sat out of Sunday’s game with an injury, but instead, it was Ben Niemann who got most of the extra work. Anthony Hitchen’s use was actually down.

Among defensive ends, Alex Okafor and Tanoh Kpasagonon’s use trended up, while Frank Clark’s went down. Rookie Michael Danna’s use remained pretty steady at 38%.

Along the interior of the defensive line, Chris Jones’ use was steady with 71% of the snaps, while Derrik Nnadi, Mike Pennel and Tershawn Wharton’s use continues to bounce back and forth as the coaches try to keep offensive coordinators guessing.


Data


Offense

Offense All Pass Run
Total 61
(100%)
37
(100%)
24
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 61
(100%)
37
(100%)
24
(100%)
Eric Fisher 61
(100%)
37
(100%)
24
(100%)
Patrick Mahomes 61
(100%)
37
(100%)
24
(100%)
Austin Reiter 61
(100%)
37
(100%)
24
(100%)
Andrew Wylie 61
(100%)
37
(100%)
24
(100%)
Tyreek Hill 56
(92%)
35
(95%)
21
(88%)
Travis Kelce 55
(90%)
37
(100%)
18
(75%)
Sammy Watkins 53
(87%)
34
(92%)
19
(79%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 46
(75%)
24
(65%)
22
(92%)
Mike Remmers 37
(61%)
25
(68%)
12
(50%)
Demarcus Robinson 33
(54%)
20
(54%)
13
(54%)
Yasir Durant 24
(39%)
12
(32%)
12
(50%)
Mecole Hardman 19
(31%)
15
(41%)
4
(17%)
Nick Keizer 11
(18%)
3
(8%)
8
(33%)
Le'Veon Bell 10
(16%)
8
(22%)
2
(8%)
Deon Yelder 8
(13%)
1
(3%)
7
(29%)
Anthony Sherman 5
(8%)
2
(5%)
3
(13%)
Darrel Williams 5
(8%)
5
(14%)
0
(0%)
Marcus Kemp 4
(7%)
1
(3%)
3
(13%)

Defense

Defense All Pass Run
Total 77
(100%)
53
(100%)
24
(100%)
Tyrann Mathieu 77
(100%)
53
(100%)
24
(100%)
Daniel Sorensen 77
(100%)
53
(100%)
24
(100%)
Bashaud Breeland 75
(97%)
53
(100%)
22
(92%)
Ben Niemann 70
(91%)
48
(91%)
22
(92%)
Chris Jones 55
(71%)
37
(70%)
18
(75%)
L'Jarius Sneed 55
(71%)
40
(75%)
15
(63%)
Charvarius Ward 52
(68%)
35
(66%)
17
(71%)
Frank Clark 49
(64%)
36
(68%)
13
(54%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 47
(61%)
31
(58%)
16
(67%)
Tershawn Wharton 44
(57%)
34
(64%)
10
(42%)
Anthony Hitchens 41
(53%)
24
(45%)
17
(71%)
Alex Okafor 40
(52%)
29
(55%)
11
(46%)
Juan Thornhill 37
(48%)
30
(57%)
7
(29%)
Rashad Fenton 36
(47%)
28
(53%)
8
(33%)
Michael Danna 29
(38%)
18
(34%)
11
(46%)
Derrick Nnadi 24
(31%)
12
(23%)
12
(50%)
Mike Pennel 24
(31%)
15
(28%)
9
(38%)
Willie Gay Jr. 15
(19%)
7
(13%)
8
(33%)

Special Teams

Special Teams Snaps
Total 33
(100%)
Antonio Hamilton 28
(85%)
Armani Watts 28
(85%)
Chris Lammons 25
(76%)
Marcus Kemp 22
(67%)
Anthony Sherman 22
(67%)
Mecole Hardman 18
(55%)
Nick Keizer 17
(52%)
Ben Niemann 17
(52%)
Willie Gay Jr. 16
(48%)
Daniel Sorensen 12
(36%)
Harrison Butker 11
(33%)
Rashad Fenton 11
(33%)
Darius Harris 11
(33%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 11
(33%)
Darwin Thompson 10
(30%)
Juan Thornhill 10
(30%)
Tommy Townsend 9
(27%)
James Winchester 9
(27%)
Michael Danna 6
(18%)
Anthony Hitchens 6
(18%)
Derrick Nnadi 6
(18%)
Mike Pennel 6
(18%)
Nick Allegretti 5
(15%)
Yasir Durant 5
(15%)
Eric Fisher 5
(15%)
Austin Reiter 5
(15%)
Tershawn Wharton 5
(15%)
Andrew Wylie 5
(15%)
Deon Yelder 5
(15%)
Stefen Wisniewski 5
(15%)
Demarcus Robinson 4
(12%)
L'Jarius Sneed 4
(12%)
Darryl Williams 3
(9%)
Chris Jones 1
(3%)

All Snaps

All Snaps Off Def ST Total
Total 61
(100%)
77
(100%)
33
(100%)
171
(100%)
Nick Allegretti 61
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(15%)
66
(39%)
Le'Veon Bell 10
(16%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
10
(6%)
Bashaud Breeland 0
(0%)
75
(97%)
0
(0%)
75
(44%)
Harrison Butker 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
11
(33%)
11
(6%)
Frank Clark 0
(0%)
49
(64%)
0
(0%)
49
(29%)
Michael Danna 0
(0%)
29
(38%)
6
(18%)
35
(20%)
Yasir Durant 24
(39%)
0
(0%)
5
(15%)
29
(17%)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 46
(75%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
46
(27%)
Rashad Fenton 0
(0%)
36
(47%)
11
(33%)
47
(27%)
Eric Fisher 61
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(15%)
66
(39%)
Willie Gay Jr. 0
(0%)
15
(19%)
16
(48%)
31
(18%)
Antonio Hamilton 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
28
(85%)
28
(16%)
Mecole Hardman 19
(31%)
0
(0%)
18
(55%)
37
(22%)
Darius Harris 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
11
(33%)
11
(6%)
Tyreek Hill 56
(92%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
56
(33%)
Anthony Hitchens 0
(0%)
41
(53%)
6
(18%)
47
(27%)
Chris Jones 0
(0%)
55
(71%)
1
(3%)
56
(33%)
Nick Keizer 11
(18%)
0
(0%)
17
(52%)
28
(16%)
Travis Kelce 55
(90%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
55
(32%)
Marcus Kemp 4
(7%)
0
(0%)
22
(67%)
26
(15%)
Tanoh Kpassagnon 0
(0%)
47
(61%)
11
(33%)
58
(34%)
Patrick Mahomes 61
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
61
(36%)
Tyrann Mathieu 0
(0%)
77
(100%)
0
(0%)
77
(45%)
Ben Niemann 0
(0%)
70
(91%)
17
(52%)
87
(51%)
Derrick Nnadi 0
(0%)
24
(31%)
6
(18%)
30
(18%)
Alex Okafor 0
(0%)
40
(52%)
0
(0%)
40
(23%)
Mike Pennel 0
(0%)
24
(31%)
6
(18%)
30
(18%)
Austin Reiter 61
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(15%)
66
(39%)
Mike Remmers 37
(61%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
37
(22%)
Demarcus Robinson 33
(54%)
0
(0%)
4
(12%)
37
(22%)
Anthony Sherman 5
(8%)
0
(0%)
22
(67%)
27
(16%)
L'Jarius Sneed 0
(0%)
55
(71%)
4
(12%)
59
(35%)
Daniel Sorensen 0
(0%)
77
(100%)
12
(36%)
89
(52%)
Darwin Thompson 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
10
(30%)
10
(6%)
Juan Thornhill 0
(0%)
37
(48%)
10
(30%)
47
(27%)
Tommy Townsend 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(27%)
9
(5%)
Charvarius Ward 0
(0%)
52
(68%)
0
(0%)
52
(30%)
Sammy Watkins 53
(87%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
53
(31%)
Armani Watts 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
28
(85%)
28
(16%)
Tershawn Wharton 0
(0%)
44
(57%)
5
(15%)
49
(29%)
Darrel Williams 5
(8%)
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
5
(3%)
James Winchester 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
9
(27%)
9
(5%)
Andrew Wylie 61
(100%)
0
(0%)
5
(15%)
66
(39%)
Deon Yelder 8
(13%)
0
(0%)
5
(15%)
13
(8%)
Chris Lammons 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
25
(76%)
25
(15%)
Darryl Williams 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
3
(9%)
3
(2%)
Stefen Wisniewski 0
(0%)
0
(0%)
5
(15%)
5
(3%)

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