Chiefs snap count observations: Jamaal Charles carries the load (again)

11/13/2013 2:05 AM

11/13/2013 2:05 AM

Here are some observations based on the snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 3. Numbers provided by the NFL.

*Running back Jamaal Charles logged 95 percent or more of the offensive snaps for only the third time all season. He logged 99 percent of the snaps against Dallas in Week 2 and 95 percent of the snaps against Oakland in Week 6. He’s normally hovered around the 85-91 percent mark.

*In a similar vein, running back Knile Davis played only one offensive snap against the Bills, the fewest he’s had since he logged one against Oakland in Week 6. It’s a significant dropoff, particularly after he played 20 total snaps in the two previous games and drew praise from coach Andy Reid.

Interestingly enough, Davis did log his fourth special teams snap of the season and his first since he muffed a kickoff against Dallas in Week 2. Davis, who has a reputation for fumbling, made sure he didn’t repeat the error against the Bills, as he hauled in the kick and returned it 24 yards. Check out the way he looked the ball in, too (this absolutely slayed the guys on press row).

*The Chiefs had their five-best linemen — Branden Albert, Jeff Allen, Rodney Hudson, Jon Asamoah and Eric Fisher — play every offensive snap for only the second time all season. It happened for the first time against Houston on Oct. 27.

*Receiver A.J. Jenkins did not record an offensive snap for the first time this season. He did, however, record his first snap on special teams, and it came in a rather interesting manner. He replaced Junior Hemingway as an upman on kick return and literally sprinted toward the end zone to perform a playfake with Quintin Demps. Just something to keep track of going forward.

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Defense

*Veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson did not play for the third straight week, despite being one of 45 active players on gameday. It’s pretty unusual for an NFL team to repeatedly suit up a guy who doesn’t play and doesn’t contribute on special teams.

*Linebacker Akeem Jordan played 71 percent of the defensive snaps against the Bills, which tells me the Chiefs were (rightfully) concerned about the Bills’ running game. Didn’t seem to help much though, as Buffalo rushed for 241 yards.

*Linebacker Dezman Moses’ return from a toe injury sent rookie linebacker Nico Johnson to the bench, as Johnson — who logged 15 special teams snaps against Cleveland the week before — was inactive against the Bills.

*This was easy to miss, but Mike Catapano’s high-ankle sprain forced special teams coach Dave Toub to do a little shuffling. Allen Bailey filled in for Catapano as an upman on kick returns, while Frank Zombo shifted over to Catapano’s spot between the long snapper and guard on punt returns. Moses filled in at Zombo’s old spot (to the right of Catapano’s position).

Pos., Name Off. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
LT Branden Albert 58 100% 5 19%
vs. Cleveland 73 100% 6 20%
RG Jon Asamoah 58 100% 5 19%
vs. Cleveland 67 92% 5 17%
C Rodney Hudson 58 100% 5 19%
vs. Cleveland 73 100% 6 20%
LG Jeff Allen 58 100% 5 19%
vs. Cleveland 73 100% 6 20%
RT Eric Fisher 58 100% 5 19%
vs. Cleveland 73 100% 6 20%
QB Alex Smith 58 100%
vs. Cleveland 73 100%
RB Jamaal Charles 57 98%
vs. Cleveland 62 85%
TE Anthony Fasano 55 95%
vs. Cleveland 66 90%
WR Dwayne Bowe 48 83%
vs. Cleveland 58 79%
WR Donnie Avery 38 66%
vs. Cleveland 52 71%
WR Dexter McCluster 30 52% 3 11%
vs. Cleveland 40 55% 6 20%
FB Anthony Sherman 23 40% 16 59%
vs. Cleveland 28 38% 15 50%
TE Sean McGrath 19 33%
vs. Cleveland 26 36% 1 3%
WR Junior Hemingway 17 29% 18 67%
vs. Cleveland 16 22% 21 70%
WR Chad Hall 2 3%
vs. Cleveland 1 1%
RB Knile Davis 1 4% 1 4%
vs. Cleveland 11 15%
RB Cyrus Gray 19 70%
vs. Cleveland 21 70%
K Ryan Succop 11 41%
vs. Cleveland 12 40%
LS Thomas Gafford 11 41%
vs. Cleveland 11 37%
G Geoff Schwartz 5 19%
vs. Cleveland 6 8% 6 20%
RT D. Stephenson 5 19%
vs. Cleveland 6 20%
WR A.J. Jenkins 1 4%
vs. Cleveland 5 7%
Pos., Name Def. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
OLB Justin Houston 80 100% 3 11%
vs. Cleveland 53 100% 3 10%
NT Dontari Poe 80 100% 3 11%
vs. Cleveland 51 96% 3 10%
OLB Tamba Hali 80 100% 3 11%
vs. Cleveland 53 100% 3 10%
ILB Derrick Johnson 80 100% 3 11%
vs. Cleveland 53 100% 3 10%
CB Brandon Flowers 80 100%
vs. Cleveland 53 100%
S Eric Berry 80 100%
vs. Cleveland 53 100%
CB Sean Smith 78 98%
vs. Cleveland 53 100%
S Kendrick Lewis 74 92%
vs. Cleveland 53 100%
ILB Akeem Jordan 57 71% 16 59%
vs. Cleveland 24 45% 18 60%
CB Marcus Cooper 51 64% 12 44%
vs. Cleveland 36 68% 15 50%
DE Tyson Jackson 46 58% 3 11%
vs. Cleveland 23 43% 3 10%
DE Mike DeVito 43 54% 3 11%
vs. Cleveland 24 45% 3 10%
S Quintin Demps 23 29% 15 56%
vs. Cleveland 27 51% 19 63%
DE Allen Bailey 12 15% 9 33%
vs. Cleveland 16 30% 6 20%
S Husain Abdullah 9 11% 22 81%
vs. Cleveland 9 17% 24 80%
DE Anthony Toribio 7 9%
vs. Cleveland 2 4%
CB Ron Parker 22 81%
vs. Cleveland 24 80%
LB J. Johnson 19 70%
vs. Cleveland 21 70%
LB Frank Zombo 19 70%
vs. Cleveland 21 70%
LB Dezman Moses 19 70%
vs. Cleveland
P Dustin Colquitt 11 41%
vs. Cleveland 11 37%

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