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Snap decisions: Chiefs’ Dee Ford no longer being taken off the field

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw a pass under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw a pass under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

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.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

 
PlayerJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTALPCT
Dontari Poe615463505045495542778.34%
Chris Jones (R)442839212616181220437.43%
Jaye Howard414555423445504836066.05%
Rakeem Nunez-Roches1395PSPSPSN/AINA270.04%
Kendall Reyes1232N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A170.03%
Nick WilliamsN/AN/AN/A486128380.06%
Allen BaileyIRIRIR123837425218132.61%

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.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

 
PlayerJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTALPCT
Dee Ford766269434128625443579.81%
Tamba Hali534446262046314230856.51%
Frank Zombo241635283853535029754.49%
Dadi Nicolas (R)00027100100.01%
Dezman MosesN/AN/AN/AN/A880N/A160.02%

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.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS

 
PlayerJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTALPCT
Derrick Johnson776675545868727354399.80%
Ramik Wilson (C)301828PSPSPSPSPS7613.94%
Justin March-LillardIRIRIR183516325015127.70%
Sam BarringtonN/AINA00INAINJINJ000%
D.J. Alexander0000100010%
Sio MooreN/A0INAINAN/AN/AN/AN/A00%

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.

CORNERBACKS

 
PlayerJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTALPCT
Marcus Peters776675445968727253397.79%
Steven Nelson (C)766675555368707053397.79%
Phillip Gaines6454INJ12INJ55585129453.94%
Kenneth Acker000INA0INAINAINA00%
D.J. White (R)INJINJ60373050113324.40%
Terrance MitchellINA0INAPSPSPSPSPS00%

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.

SAFETIES

 
PlayerJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTALPCT
Ron Parker776675555968727254499.81%
Eric Berry7766755559687273545100%
Dan Sorensen444744362137261927450.27%
Eric Murray (R)154114210280.00%

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.

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