Here are some observations based on the snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 56-31 win over Oakland on Dec. 15. Numbers provided by the NFL.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
*This wasn’t a terribly interesting week in terms of rotations and personnel and such, but I am mildly intrigued by the fact the Chiefs managed to work veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson back into the mix throughout the course of the game. He only played eight snaps, but they didn't all come in garbage time, as he logged a few in the second quarter when he subbed in for Flowers at nickel back, with Eric Berry at linebacker and Quintin Demps and Kendrick Lewis as the two-deep safeties.
To be fair, Flowers was only taken out of the game due to an injury (he came back shortly thereafter). But after Robinson failed to record a single snap in the Chiefs' blowout win over Washington a week ago — despite the fact he was active for the game — this was a positive indication that for now, at least, Robinson remains the fourth cornerback.
*One man who must have been grateful for playing the Raiders this week was Akeem Jordan. He played 65 percent of the defensive snaps, more than he played the week before (43 percent) and way more than he played the previous three weeks against pass-happy San Diego and Denver squads.
*Toward the end of the game, when the Chiefs subbed out most of their starters, I noticed safety Husain Abdullah getting a little time at linebacker next to reserve James-Michael Johnson, who came in for starter Derrick Johnson. I thought that was a little interesting.
*Also, fourth-round rookie linebacker Nico Johnson logged two defensive snaps, his first regular-season action on that side of the ball in his career.
*Last week, I wrote that Junior Hemingway is the Chiefs' clear-cut fourth receiver. So with Dexter McCluster missing against Oakland with an ankle infection, it only made sense that Hemingway get more work against the Raiders, right? But here's something I didn't expect; Hemingway not only logged the most offensive snaps on his career on Sunday (42), he also logged more snaps than Dwayne Bowe (39), Donnie Avery (28), Chad Hall (15) and A.J. Jenkins (11).
Now, I'm sure some of this also had to do with the gameplan and the fact the Chiefs pulled their starters late in the second half. But for those of you clamoring to see more Hemingway, who didn't have a single catch or even a target against the Raiders, you got your wish.
*Running back Knile Davis logged a career-high in snaps with 19. He played 16 the week before, so it appears the rookie third-rounder could be earning the staff's trust just in time for the playoffs.
*When Eric Fisher got hurt in the second half, the Chiefs moved Geoff Schwartz from right guard to right tackle and inserted former starter Jon Asamoah at right guard.
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