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Snap count observations: Kelce sits, Poe shines in heat

Updated: 2013-09-11T04:16:16Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

Here’s a look at the snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 28-2 win over Jacksonville on Sunday, according to NFL.com. While we’ll also use this as the groundwork for some film room posts for Wednesday, I figured I’d post a few quick observations:

First and foremost, hats off to 6-foot-3, 346-pound nose tackle Dontari Poe. Not only did he turn in a dominant performance, he also managed to log the most snaps of any down defensive lineman on a day where the heat was fairly intense. Poe logged 62 snaps Sunday, 28 more than fellow starter Mike DeVito and 44(!) more than fellow starter Tyson Jackson, who actually logged three fewer snaps than defensive end Mike Catapano (31).

After the game, I caught up with Poe, who has lost between 15 and 20 pounds in the offseason, and asked him whether he would have started to wear down out there if it were last season.

“Uhh...I mean, naw,” Poe said. “It’s what we do, man, we’re just playing, just doing the best we can every day. No matter how you feel ... you’ve just got to play our hardest.”

I then asked him if he felt better out there than he did at any point last season.

“I feel good, I feel good,” Poe said. “I’ll” credit “it to how hard I worked on the practice field this year.”

His teammates have noticed.

“It was hot, yeah, but you could see that his weight doesn't affect him,” Catapano said. “That's why he's an amazing athlete, an amazing player and that's why he's good at what he does.”

There is one noticeable name absent for the player participation sheet, and that is rookie tight end Travis Kelce. The third-round pick was activated for the game but did not log a single snap, with veteran Anthony Fasano (56 snaps, 89 percent participation) and Sean McGrath (12 snaps, 19 percent participation) getting the majority of the reps. It’s worth noting that Kelce, who was hailed a solid pass catcher coming out of the University of Cincinnati, has been hampered with a knee injury for the last three weeks, however.

Rookie running back Knile Davis logged 15 offensive snaps on Sunday, five more than fellow backup Cyrus Gray. But when Charles left the game for the first time, I’m pretty sure it was Gray that got the first crack at replacing him. Something worth keeping an eye on.

Safeties Quintin Demps (40) and Husain Abdullah (34) logged the fifth- and sixth-most snaps of any player in the secondary, while free-agent cornerback Dunta Robinson only had 24.

Player, Pos. Off. Snaps Snap % Def. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
G. Schwartz, G62 98% 4 12%
J. Allen, G 62 98% 4 12%
R. Hudson, C 61 97%
B. Albert, T61 97%
E. Fisher, T61 97%
A. Smith, QB 61 97%
A. Fasano, TE 56 89%4 12%
D. Avery, WR 56 89%
D. Bowe, WR 53 84%
J. Charles, RB 36 57%
D. McCluster, WR 33 52% 11 34%
A. Sherman, FB 26 41% 9 28%
K. Davis, RB 15 24% 1 3%
S. McGrath, TE 12 19%4 12%
C. Gray, RB 10 16% 28 88%
J. Hemingway, WR 6 10% 18 56%
A. Jenkins, WR 6 10%
D. Stephenson, T 35% 4 12%
C. Daniel, QB 1 2%
E. Kush, C 1 2%
K. Lewis, FS 71 99%
J. Houston, LB 65 90% 3 9%
D. Johnson, LB 63 88%
E. Berry, SS 62 86% 10 31%
S. Smith, CB 62 86%
D. Poe, NT62 86%
T. Hali, LB62 86%
B. Flowers, CB62 86%
Q. Demps, FS 41 57% 20 62%
H. Abdullah, FS 40 56% 28 88%
A. Jordan, LB 34 47% 22 69%
M. DeVito, DT34 47%
M. Catapano, LB 31 43% 1 3%
T. Jackson, DE 2839%
D. Robinson, CB 24 33% 1 3%
M. Cooper, DB 9 12% 27 84%
F. Zombo, LB 9 12% 22 69%
R. Parker, DB 8 11% 28 88%
D. Moses, LB 6 8% 25 78%
J. Howard, DT 6 8%
A. Toribio, NT 2 3%
J. Johnson, LB 28 88%
D. Colquitt, P 15 47%
T. Gafford, LS 14 44%
R. Succop, K9 28%

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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