Here is the defensive snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 19-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, along with some thoughts and observations. Snaps for the entire season are also listed.
KEY: “R” denotes rookie. “C” denotes game captain. “INJ” denotes injury. “N/A” denotes the player was not a Chief at the time. “PS” denotes practice squad. “INA” denotes inactive.
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Analysis: Jones, for the first time all season, earned more snaps than Howard. But while Jones is playing well, that probably has more to do with the hip flexor Howard played through. Nunez-Roches and Reyes continue to find stray snaps in the defensive-line roation.
Analysis: Ford used to come out here and there — remember, he basically started the season in a three-man rotation with Hali and Zombo — but he has missed just five snaps the last two weeks, which is evidence (along with his 7 1/2 -sack explosion the last four weeks) that he is emerging as a force. Hali also logged a season-high 53 snaps, which could be a sign he’s starting to round into form. Zombo has seen his playing time sliced some the last few weeks, a trend that could continue if Justin Houston plays this week against Carolina.
Analysis: Wilson continues to make the most of limited snaps; he’s been one of the most improved Chiefs this season. As a run defender, he’s much more decisive and physical. In only 30 snaps, he logged four tackles and a pass defensed.
Analysis: Nelson has quietly emerged as a dependable player for the Chiefs, as he’s logged the same number of snaps — 533 — as Peters, their star Pro Bowl corner. The Chiefs were in their “nickel” and “dime” subpackages a ton Sunday, as Gaines — their third corner — logged 64 snaps.
Analysis: “Dirty Dan” Sorensen has been on the field for half of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps, a sign of his value as the Chiefs’ “dime” linebacker. Husain Abdullah was a good player, but Sorensen has done a nice job filling the role.