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Chiefs offensive snap-count observations: Spencer Ware earns season-high in snaps

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware looked to elude the tackle of New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor during Sunday’s game.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware looked to elude the tackle of New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor during Sunday’s game. deulitt@kcstar.com

Here are some observations based on the offensive snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 24-3 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. There are also the numbers from Week 2 and Week 1.

QUARTERBACK

 
PlayerWeek 3Week 2Week 1
Alex Smith63 (100 percent)64 (100 percent)71 (100 percent)

Analysis: Nothing of note here.

RUNNING BACKS

 
PlayerWeek 3Week 2Week 1
Spencer Ware45 (71 percent)36 (56 percent)34 (48 percent)
Charcandrick West14 (22 percent)26 (41 percent)34 (48 percent)
Anthony Sherman10 (16 percent)10 (16 percent)1 (1 percent)
Knile Davis1 (2 percent)1 (2 percent)0

Analysis: For you fantasy football guys, Andy Reid hinted Monday that Jamaal Charles is “getting closer” to a return. If that return does not happen this week, it appears Ware is primed to get most of the work as he picked up an eye-opening 71 percent of the snaps, compared to West’s 22 percent. Sherman continues to get more work (10 percent for the second straight week). Davis earned an offensive snap, but it’s glaring that he did not earn a single snap on special teams. His snap percentage on special teams has dropped from 10 percent, to 3 percent, to zero, as Tyreek Hill earned both kick-return attempts Sunday.

RECEIVERS

 
PlayerWeek 3Week 2Week 1
Jeremy Maclin60 (95 percent)63 (98 percent)65 (92 percent)
Chris Conley51 (81 percent)54 (84 percent)61 (86 percent)
Albert Wilson21 (33 percent)41 (64 percent)49 (69 percent)
Tyreek Hill12 (19 percent)7 (11 percent)10 (14 percent)

Analysis: Keep an eye on Wilson’s and Hill’s snaps. Notice how Wilson’s snap count has diminished over the last three weeks. Now, some of that had to do with the Chiefs’ reliance on three-wide in the season opener due to a 21-point deficit, but Hill made multiple appearances in those three-wide sets in Wilson’s place on Sunday, and this is something to watch going forward. Hill also ran multiple bubble screens and was the motion man on the fly sweep — which used to be De’Anthony Thomas’ role. Hill even showed terrific juice as a running back out of the backfield, running a sharp angle route for a 13-yard gain.

In short, it would be a mistake to think Hill won’t have a bigger role going forward; the Chiefs’ are already making regular efforts to get him the ball. Think about this; through three games, he’s already got 22 touches, including special teams. Wilson only has five so far.

Demarcus Robinson, who logged two snaps last week, did not play on offense.

TIGHT ENDS

 
PlayerWeek 3Week 2Week 1
Travis Kelce58 (92 percent)55 (86 percent)62 (87 percent)
Demetrius Harris31 (49 percent)19 (30 percent)28 (39 percent)
Ross Travis11 (17 percent)6 (9 percent)11 (15 percent)
James O'Shaughnessy1 (2 percent)00

Analysis: The Chiefs turned to their multiple tight end sets much more on Sunday, which is how Harris and Ross Travis earned more work than they did against the Texans.

The Chiefs also sprinkled in a super-rare four-tight end set — in “14” personnel (one back, four tight ends) — in the first half, which is how O’Shaughnessy got a snap.

OFFENSIVE LINE

 
PlayerWeek 3Week 2Week 1
Eric Fisher63 (100 percent)64 (100 percent)71 (100 percent)
Zach Fulton63 (100 percent)64 (100 percent)0
Mitch Morse63 (100 percent)64 (100 percent)71 (100 percent)
Jordan Devey63 (100 percent)00
Mitch Schwartz63 (100 percent)64 (100 percent)71 (100 percent)

Analysis: Devey, 28, made his 14th career start on Sunday. He got the nod in place of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who was active but did not play.

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