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Snap count observations: Hemingway, Jenkins get more work

Updated: 2013-09-21T14:15:59Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

Here’s a look at the snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 26-16 win over Philadelphia on Thursday, according to NFL.com. While I’ll also use this as the groundwork for some film room posts this week, I figured I’d also post a few quick observations:

*The most notable discovery: With tight end Anthony Fasano (who logged 79 percent of the snaps against Dallas) and third-round rookie Travis Kelce sitting out due to various injuries, the Chiefs’ seemed to use more three- and four-wide sets.

Tight end Sean McGrath essentially took Fasano’s snaps, playing 87 percent of the offensive snaps compared to 51 percent against Dallas. But while tight end Kevin Brock, who was signed this week, actually played 28 percent of the snaps, three backup receivers received way more reps than they did against Dallas.

Junior Hemingway saw his snap count shoot up from three to 20 (24%), while A.J. Jenkins went from 10 to 19 (23%) and Chad Hall went from zero to four (5%).

Interesting enough, after playing 91 percent of the snaps against Dallas, receiver Dwayne Bowe saw his workload decrease to 76 percent, though he actually logged a few more snaps.

“Well, we have different personnel groups that we are using,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Friday. “Everything’s fine with Bowe, yeah, everything’s fine.”

Donnie Avery (69% to 64%) and Dexter McCluster (58% to 54%) saw their workloads remain roughly the same.

*Running back Jamaal Charles also saw his workload decrease, as he went from playing 99 percent of the snaps against Dallas to 84 percent. His primary replacement was rookie Knile Davis, who received nine offensive snaps against Philly after logging zero in week two.

Running back Cyrus Gray, meanwhile, has received a total of three offensive snaps since he logged 10 in the season opener vs. Jacksonville.

*Inside linebacker Akeem Jordan saw his playing time spike signficantly on Thursday. After logging on 47 percent of the defensive snaps against Jacksonville and 58 percent against Dallas, Jordan was on the field for 92 percent of the snaps against Philly, which means the Chiefs had their four linebackers on the field most of the time. That’s some serious respect shown toward the Eagles’ dangerous rushing offense, which still racked up 260 yards on only 28 carries for a 9.3 average.

*While defensive ends Tyson Jackson (52 percent of the defensive snaps) and Mike DeVito (46 percent) were each on the field about half the time, Dontari Poe remains the one interior defensive lineman who almost never comes out. Despite the Eagles’ fast-paced offense and his 6-foot-3, 346-pound frame, Poe logged 100 percent of his team’s defensive snaps for the second straight week.

*The return of cornerback Dunta Robinson seemed to cut into safety Quintin Demps’ workload. After logging 27 defensive snaps against the Cowboys, Demps logged only four Thursday.

Meanwhile, Robinson logged 42 snaps and was on the field 65 percent of the time while safety Husain Abdullah ― who I remember lining up as a slot corner a few times against the Eagles ― actually saw his workload increase from 27 to 39 snaps and was on the field 60 percent of the time.

*Cornerback Ron Parker’s Derrick Thomas Memorial Strip Sack against Dallas didn’t earn him any extra playing time this week. Parker, who logged eight snaps against Dallas, didn’t have any against Philly.

*Defensive end Allen Bailey only logged two snaps after playing 15 against Dallas, while defensive tackle Anthony Toribio also didn’t play against Philly after logging eight snaps against the Cowboys.

Pos., Name Off. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
RG Jon Asamoah 83100%723%
vs. Dallas67100%414%
C Rodney Hudson 83100%723%
vs. Dallas67100%414%
RT Eric Fisher83100%723%
vs. Dallas67100%414%
LT Branden Albert83100%619%
vs. Dallas6394%414%
QB Alex Smith83100%
vs. Dallas67100%
TE Sean McGrath7287%
vs. Dallas3451%27%
RB Jamaal Charles7084%
vs. Dallas6699%
WR Dwayne Bowe6376%
vs. Dallas6191%
WR Donnie Avery5364%
vs. Dallas4669%
LG Jeff Allen4858%413%
vs. Dallas67100%414%
WR Dexter McCluster 4554%619%
vs. Dallas3958%414%
FB Anthony Sherman3542%1961%
vs. Dallas2233%176
OG Geoff Schwartz3542%723%
vs. Dallas414%
TE Kevin Brock2328%
vs. Dallas
WR Junior Hemingway 2024%1548%
vs. Dallas34%
WR A.J. Jenkins1923%
vs. Dallas1015%
RB Knile Davis911%
vs. Dallas27%
WR Chad Hall45%
vs. Dallas
RB Cyrus Gray22%1961%
vs. Dallas11%
Pos., Name Def. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
NT Dontari Poe65100%413%
vs. Dallas64100%414%
OLB Justin Houston65100%413%
vs. Dallas64100%414%
OLB Tamba Hali65100%413%
vs. Dallas64100%414%
ILB Derrick Johnson65100%413%
vs. Dallas64100%414%
S Kendrick Lewis65100%
vs. Dallas6398%
S Eric Berry65100%
vs. Dallas64100%
ILB Akeem Jordan6092%1755%
vs. Dallas3758%2071%
CB Sean Smith5991%
vs. Dallas6195%
CB Brandon Flowers5483%
vs. Dallas64100%
CB Dunta Robinson4265%
vs. Dallas
S Husain Abdullah3960%2477%
vs. Dallas2742%2486%
DE Tyson Jackson3452%413%
vs. Dallas4367%414%
DE Mike DeVito3046%413%
vs. Dallas3250%311%
S Quintin Demps46%1858%
vs. Dallas2742%1554%
DE Allen Bailey23%723%
vs. Dallas1523%27%
CB Marcus Cooper12%2374%
vs. Dallas23%2486%
CB Ron Parker2168%
vs. Dallas58%196%
LB J. Johnson2065%
vs. Dallas2071%
LB Frank Zombo2065%
vs. Dallas2071%
LB Dezman Moses2065%
vs. Dallas2071%
K Ryan Succop1445%
vs. Dallas829%
P Dustin Colquitt1239%
vs. Dallas1139%
LS Thomas Gafford1239%
vs. Dallas1139%
OT Donald Stephenson 723%
vs. Dallas
DE Mike Catapano516%
vs. Dallas621%

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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