Here are some observations based on the defensive snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 17-16 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. Numbers are provided by the NFL.
Rakeem Nunez-Roches — 37 (49 percent)
Chris Jones — 28 (37 percent)
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David King — 26 (34 percent)
Nick Williams — 23 (30 percent)
Jimmy Staten — 18 (24 percent)
Dontari Poe — 17 (22 percent)
Allen Bailey — 16 (21 percent)
Jaye Howard — 16 (21 percent)
Niko Davis — 8 (11 percent)
Analysis: Jones, Nunez-Roches and Williams were the second-teamers after the starters — Howard, Pope and Bailey — departed. Jones and Williams were the nickel interior rushers with the second-team. Davis and King each gaught my eye by generating multiple pressures against third-team competition. King, in particular, was very good, racking up a sack and three quarterback hits.
Jonathan Massaquoi — 39 (51 percent)
Andy Mulumba — 36 (47 percent)
Dadi Nicolas — 21 (28 percent)
Dezman Moses — 19 (25 percent)
Frank Zombo — 19 (25 percent)
Dee Ford — 19 (25 percent)
Analysis: Ford and Zombo were the first teamers while Moses and Mulumba were the second-teamers. Massaquoi and Nicolas — who flashed aggressiveness, burst off the edge and bend around the corner in the fourth quarter — were the third-teamers. I wouldn’t mind seeing Nicolas bump up to second-team in the next game so I can see how he fares against better competition.
Justin March — 32 (42 percent)
Tyrell Adams — 21 (28 percent)
Ramik Wilson — 21 (28 percent)
Derrick Johnson — 19 (25 percent)
D.J. Alexander — 13 (17 percent)
Terrance Smith — 5 (7 percent)
Analysis: This was March’s first game in a year, so the Chiefs wanted to take a hard look at him. Ramik Wilson started the game in the base defense next to Derrick Johnson and earned a few second-string reps, as well, at least until D.J. Alexander re-entered the game after suffering a rib contusion on a massive hit he received on a punt.
Steven Nelson — 43 (57 percent)
D.J. White — 37 (49 percent)
Marcus Cooper — 36 (47 percent)
KeiVarae Russell — 32 (42 percent)
Marcus Peters — 19 (25 percent)
Deveron Carr — 15 (20 percent)
Bryce Cheek — 15 (20 percent)
Malcolm Jackson — 6 (8 percent)
Analysis: Nelson started the game and earned the most reps on the team, which is an indication of the club’s desire to take a closer look at him. Russell, a third-rounder this year, has been consistently getting second-team reps throughout camp but he didn’t appear until the third quarter (with the third stringers) because of the team’s desire to see what Nelson can do. White, a sixth-rounder, earned reps in the second quarter because he’s the second-teamer a nickel corner, while Russell — who is primarily an outside corner — is a third-teamer there. Cooper earned first-string reps on the outside in nickel and second-string reps on the outside in the base.
Eric Murray — 36 (47 percent)
Jamell Fleming — 29 (38 percent)
Shak Randolph — 21 (28 percent)
Stevie Brown — 20 (26 percent)
Ron Parker — 20 (26 percent)
Jeron Johnson — 19 (25 percent)
Daniel Sorensen — 19 (25 percent)
Akeem Davis — 17 (22 percent)
Analysis: Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton loves to use a safety as a nickel linebacker in certain situations. Daniel Sorensen is the first-string guy, but Stevie Brown — the second-string nickel linebacker — looks the part, at least physically. Before the play begins, it’s tough to differentiate Brown (5-11, 215) and inside linebacker Justin March (6-0, 220).
Davis, who has made a play or two during camp, appears to be the third-string nickel linebacker from what I could tell — he spent a ton of time playing there, especially in the fourth quarter — but Johnson also got a few reps there. Randolph — who has shown the ability to cover some tight ends in space in camp — played there in the fourth quarter.