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Snap decisions (offense): Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill shines with Jeremy Maclin out

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill tried to escape Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly during Sunday’s game.
Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill tried to escape Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly during Sunday’s game. Tribune News Services

Here is the offensive snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 20-17 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, along with some thoughts and observations. Snaps for the entire season are also listed. Numbers are provided by the NFL.

KEY: “*’ denotes starter. “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.

QUARTERBACK

 
Player@CARJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTPCT
Alex Smith*64INJ2952647563647141871.45%
Nick Foles0584500000010317.60%
Tyler BrayINA0INAINAINAINAINAINAINA00%

Analysis: Smith was sacked three times and pressured seven times but he played every snap after sitting out the Jaguars game due to precautionary reasons (head/ear).

RUNNING BACK

 
Player@CARJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOT
Spencer Ware*41INJ2636405445363531353.50%
Charcandrick West204542148INJ14263320234.52%
Knile Davis010N/AN/AINA7110193.24%
Bishop SankeyINAINAN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A00.00%
Jamaal CharlesIRIRINJ21510INJINJINJ270.68%

Analysis: There was a moment Sunday when Ware looked like he might come out — the team doctors talked to him on the sideline after he took a good shot. But Ware, who missed last week’s game with a concussion, seemed insistent on staying in — he was very animated that he was fine — and finished the contest with 41 snaps. He was needed, too; his aggressive running style was essential against the league’s third-ranked run defense.

RECEIVERS

 
Player@CARJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTPCT
Chris Conley*54515430387051546146379.14%
Albert Wilson*4641201195121414928949.40%
Tyreek Hill (R)393421181818127917630.08%
De'Anthony Thomas910121112INAINAINAINA549.23%
Demarcus Robinson (R)00000002020.34%
Jeremy MaclinINJ2654397360636538064.95%

Analysis: With Maclin out, Conley and Wilson were the primary receivers with a healthy amount of Hill mixed in. The fact Hill still led the receivers in targets (13) and receptions (10) was very telling. Hill possesses elite athleticism and athletic ball skills, and like I mentioned during the bye week a month ago, the Chiefs are very high on his ceiling as a true receiver. Thomas continues to see a decent amount of work after being inactive the first month of the season.

FULLBACK/TIGHT ENDS

 
Player@CARJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOTPCT
Travis Kelce*61436747557158556251988.71%
Demetrius Harris22303627361531192824441.70%
Ross Travis*17INAINAINAINA611612528.88%
James O'Shaughnessy613149120100559.40%
Anthony Sherman4111011190101017612.99%

Analysis: After four straight games in which he was inactive, Travis not only logged 17 snaps — a season-high for him — it was also the most of any third Chiefs tight end all season. My hunch? The Chiefs dialed up more three-tight end sets to counter a fast and physical front seven that posed a threat to Alex Smith.

OFFENSIVE LINE

 
Player@CARJAX@INDNO@OAK@PITNYJ@HOUSDTOT
Eric Fisher*645874526475636471585100%
Zach Fulton* (C)64583316756364036462.22%
Mitch Morse*645874526475636471585100%
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif*645874526275INJINJ7145677.94%
Mitch Schwartz*645874526475636471585100%
Jah Reid20100INJINJ6406711.45%
Bryan Witzmann00INAINAINA000INA00%
Mike PersonINAINAN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A00.00%
Parker Ehinger (R)IRIR4252640INJINJ7122939%

Analysis: Reid logged two snaps as a sixth offensive lineman in “heavy” situations.

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