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Snap count observations: Commings thrown into the fire on special teams

01/17/2014 8:47 PM

01/17/2014 8:47 PM

Here are some observations based on the snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 27-17 loss to the Denver Broncos on Nov. 17. Numbers provided by the NFL.

*You can read more about this in Saturday’s Star, but rookie Sanders Commings was a fairly busy man in his NFL debut. In addition to logging three snaps on defense — he lined up at cornerback, despite being listed at 6-feet, 223 pounds — Commings said he played on the Chiefs’ kickoff, kick return, punt and punt return units.

“I played special teams in college, all four phases,” Commings said. “So I was comfortable.

The numbers say he played 64 percent of the Chiefs’ special teams snaps, the third-most of any player who logged at least one defensive snap. Only safety Husain Abdullah (91 percent) and Akeem Jordan (79 percent) were used more in that capacity.

“It was great, man, couldn't have asked for a better debut as far as the type of game it was, playing on Sunday night,” Commings said. “We lost, but we'll bounce back.”

*Speaking of Jordan, the Broncos’ high-powered passing attack basically eliminated him from the Chiefs’gameplan. He played a season-low 11 percent of the defensive snaps, just two weeks after playing 71 percent of the snaps against Buffalo.

*Jordan’s pain was essentially Quintin Demps’ gain. Demps played a season-high 90 percent of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps, and was one of six defensive backs — including Kendrick Lewis, Eric Berry, Brandon Flowers, Marcus Cooper and Sean Smith — to play at least 85 percent of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps. Demps, by the way, only played 29 percent of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps against Buffalo.

*When starting defensive end Mike DeVito went down with an injury in the first half, the Chiefs initially called on backup defensive tackle Anthony Toribio to replace him. Toribio, who typically only played in the Chiefs’ goalline defense, proceeded to log 10 snaps Sunday, a season-high for him.

The Chiefs released him a few days later, of course, but I don’t get the sense he did anything wrong against the Broncos. I just think it was a situation where the front office felt his replacement, Kyle Love, probably has more upside. Remember, both DeVito and Tyson Jackson are a little banged up. If they need a guy to log significant snaps going forward, Love — a guy who started the 2012 Super Bowl — is probably better equipped to do that.

But the player the Chiefs ultimately relied upon to replace him was Allen Bailey, who is typically brought in for pass-rush situations. Bailey logged a season-high 45 snaps, though most of this certainly had to do with the Chiefs’ heavy reliance on nickel and dime packages.

Offense

*Running back Knile Davis played 12 snaps Sunday, the most he’s played since the season opener against Jacksonville (15). The altitude in Denver probably had something to do with it, but I think it’s interesting the Chiefs called a screen pass that was designed for him that went for 11 yards. That, plus the fact he also logged three snaps on kick return, are possible signs the Chiefs are feeling more comfortable with him. The offense could use some more juice, so his emergence would be a welcome addition.

*Donnie Avery played 79 percent of the offensive snaps (compared to 66 percent last week) while Dexter McCluster played 67 percent of the snaps (compared to 52 percent). This, plus the fact fullback Anthony Sherman and Sean McGrath saw their workloads decrease last week, tells me they used more three-wide sets against the Broncos. This makes sense, considering they were trailing all game and were down by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter.

*When right tackle Eric Fisher got hurt late in the game, Donald Stephenson came in to replace him. Stephenson also got a few snaps as a tackle-eligible lineman in goalline formations.

*Veteran backup Geoff Schwartz came in at right guard when Jon Asamoah left the game with a calf injury.

Pos., Name Off. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
LT Branden Albert 78 100% 3 9%
vs. Buffalo 58 100% 5 19%
C Rodney Hudson 78 100% 3 9%
vs. Buffalo 58 100% 5 19%
LG Jeff Allen 78 100% 3 9%
vs. Buffalo 58 100% 5 19%
QB Alex Smith 78 100%
vs. Buffalo 58 100%
RT Eric Fisher 73 94% 3 9%
vs. Buffalo 58 100% 5 19%
TE Anthony Fasano 71 91%
vs. Buffalo 55 95%
WR Dwayne Bowe 68 87%
vs. Buffalo 48 83%
RB Jamaal Charles 65 83%
vs. Buffalo 57 98%
RG Jon Asamoah 62 79% 2 6%
vs. Buffalo 58 100% 5 19%
WR Donnie Avery 62 79%
vs. Buffalo 38 66%
WR Dexter McCluster 52 67% 7 21%
vs. Buffalo 30 52% 3 11%
FB Anthony Sherman 23 29% 18 55%
vs. Buffalo 23 40% 16 59%
TE Sean McGrath 17 22%
vs. Buffalo 19 33%
G Geoff Schwartz 16 21% 3 9%
vs. Buffalo 5 19%
WR Junior Hemingway 15 19% 20 61%
vs. Buffalo 17 29% 18 67%
RB Knile Davis 12 15% 3 9%
vs. Buffalo 1 4% 1 4%
RT D. Stephenson 7 9% 3 9%
vs. Buffalo 5 19%
WR A.J. Jenkins 2 3%
vs. Buffalo 1 4%
RB Cyrus Gray 1 1% 24 73%
vs. Buffalo 19 70%
LS Thomas Gafford 10 30%
vs. Buffalo 11 41%
K Ryan Succop 7 21%
vs. Buffalo 11 41%
WR K. Williams 4 12%
vs. Buffalo
Pos., Name Def. Snaps Snap % ST Snaps Snap %
NT Dontari Poe 80 100% 3 11%
vs. Buffalo 80 100% 3 11%
OLB Justin Houston 80 100% 3 11%
vs. Buffalo 80 100% 3 11%
OLB Tamba Hali 80 100% 3 11%
vs. Buffalo 80 100% 3 11%
ILB Derrick Johnson 80 100% 3 11%
vs. Buffalo 80 100% 3 11%
CB Brandon Flowers 80 100%
vs. Buffalo 80 100%
S Eric Berry 80 100%
vs. Buffalo 80 100%
CB Sean Smith 79 99%
vs. Buffalo 78 98%
S Kendrick Lewis 79 99%
vs. Buffalo 74 92%
S Quintin Demps 72 90% 4 12%
vs. Buffalo 23 29% 15 56%
CB Marcus Cooper 68 85% 12 36%
vs. Buffalo 51 64% 12 44%
DE Allen Bailey 45 56% 4 12%
vs. Buffalo 12 15% 9 33%
DE Tyson Jackson 22 28% 4 12%
vs. Buffalo 46 58% 3 11%
DE Anthony Toribio 10 12% 1 3%
vs. Buffalo 7 9%
ILB Akeem Jordan 9 11% 23 79%
vs. Buffalo 57 71% 16 59%
S Husain Abdullah 7 9% 30 91%
vs. Buffalo 9 11% 22 81%
DE Mike DeVito 6 8% 1 3%
vs. Buffalo 43 54% 3 11%
CB Sanders Commings 3 4% 21 64%
vs. Buffalo
CB Ron Parker 30 91%
vs. Buffalo 22 81%
LB Frank Zombo 24 73%
vs. Buffalo 19 70%
LB J. Johnson 24 73%
vs. Buffalo 19 70%
DE Mike Catapano 18 55%
vs. Buffalo 18 55%
LB Dezman Moses 17 52%
vs. Buffalo 19 70%
P Dustin Colquitt 10 30%
vs. Buffalo 11 41%

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