The Star is tracking every Chiefs player’s snap counts throughout the course of the season. The chart has been updated through Week 11, following the Chiefs’ 12-9 loss to the New York Giants. Advanced stats provided by Pro Football Focus.
PFF says: Smith was only pressured on seven of his 45 pass attempts, but it didn’t really matter, as he went 24 for 34 for 210 yards and two interceptions when he had time to throw.
Snap analysis: Sherman logged a season-high in snaps with 13, which I like. He plays with an edge and he gives the offense some attitude. I prefer smashmouth football and think the Chiefs should use him more.
PFF says: Hunt forced five missed tackles, which gives his a league-high 47 on the season.
Snap analysis: I covered Robinson’s development last week, but this season-high in snaps –– in which he logged more than Hill –– is another indication the Chiefs need him to come along quickly. He and Smith have to develop a chemistry so the offense can move the ball. Teams are daring the Chiefs to beat them up top. Robinson has electric vertical talent. He and Alex have to make teams pay. That means he needs more targets than the three he got against the Giants.
Chesson, by the way, also logged a season-high in snaps, often in come tightly-packed formations. The Chiefs love his toughness and perhaps they liked his physicality in those sets.
PFF says: Hill caught all seven passes throw his way for 68 yards, with 47 coming after the catch. Hill is averaging 2.09 yards per route run –– the number of yards a receiver picks up on a per route basis –– which ranks 10th among qualifying receivers.
Snap analysis: The Chiefs used the tight end a ton on Sunday, as Kelce played nearly every snap and Travis logged a season-high in snaps.
PFF says: Kelce caught eight passes for 109 yards on 14 targets. His 79 targets is the most among NFL tight ends, and he also has 183 receiving yards on passes longer than 20 yards, which also leads the NFL at his position.
Snap analysis: The Chiefs benched Witzmann for Fulton, who logged a season-high in snaps. Erving logged his six snaps as a sixth offensive lineman in power sets.
PFF says: Morse allowed zero pressures on 49 pass blocking snaps, and has allowed just five quarterback hurries, the fifth-fewest in the league at his position this season. He also has not allowed a sack or a quarterback hit.
Snap analysis: With Bailey hurt, Jones and Logan commanded most of the work, with each logging season-highs in snaps. The same can be said for Nunez-Roches and Jenkins, each of whom logged season-highs in snaps. Thomas, who was signed last week following the release and arrest of Roy Miller, earned his first playing time as a Chief.
Snap analysis: Zombo led this position in snaps for the second game in a row. Kpassagnon also logged a few snaps, but with Ford and Hali banged up, it will be interesting to see if Nicolas –– who returned to practice last week –– will be activated from the PUP list soon.
PFF says: Houston didn’t record a quarterback hit, but he did record five hurries on 25 pass-rush snaps. That gives him 39 on the season, the seventh-most among qualifying 3-4 outside linebackers. He also dropped into coverage 12 times.
Snap analysis: Ragland recorded a season-high in snaps, which is also the highest of his career. This marks the first time all season he’s led the Chiefs’ linebacking corps in snaps. Johnson saw his workload fall of sharply as Pierre-Louis nudged him in snaps. I do think it’s interesting that Wilson was active for this game for the first time since September, though he didn’t log a snap.
PFF says: Ragland recorded eight tackles and four solo stops, and allowed only one catch on three targets for zero yards.
Snap analysis: Nelson logged a season-high in snaps, while Gaines took over as the outside nickel corner opposite Peters. Mitchell and Acker each saw a pair of snaps, presumably in defensive back-heavy subpackages.
PFF says: Nelson allowed six catches on nine targets for 75 yards. He also defended a pass.
PFF says: Sorensen allowed two catches on four targets for 15 yards, a 19.8 passer rating (that’s really good) and an interception.