The Star has tracked every Chiefs player’s snap counts throughout the course of the season. The chart has been updated through the Wild Card round, following the Chiefs’ 22-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
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Snap analysis: Unlike last year, when he missed a game due to “head trauma,” Smith stayed healthy all season. He sat out the season finale against Denver because the Chiefs weren’t playing for anything and coach Andy Reid rested him along with most of the Chiefs’ other starters. Interesting factoid: Smith has only played 16 games once (2015) during his five years in Kansas City. He rested in the season finale against the Chargers in 2013 and missed the last game in 2014 due to a lacerated spleen.
Snap analysis: Hunt finished with 706 total snaps, which is the most in a season by a Chiefs running back since 2013, when Jamaal Charles (who was at the peak of his powers) logged 845 snaps. For the sake of comparison, Charles’ offensive snap percentage (78.2) was still much higher than Hunt’s this season, as West handled a healthy portion of the third-down duties in 2017 despite the fact that his overall workload fell from 34.3 percent a year ago to 22 percent this season.
With Spencer Ware set to return from a knee injury this year, it will be interesting to see how the Chiefs divy up the snaps next season. Ware is a good back, and you could make a compelling argument that due to Hunt’s unimposing size (5 foot 11, 216 pounds), it wouldn’t hurt to see his workload fall some. In fact, it might help him avoid a midseason slump similar to the one he had this year. West and Ware are both entering the final year of their deals in 2018, so I’d expect both to be highly motivated to play very well. The Chiefs are set here for 2018, I think.
Snap analysis: Hill dispelled any notions about his ability to be a No. 1 receiver this season. He saw his snap percentage rise from 40.6 percent to 75.7, only slightly off the mark set by Jeremy Maclin (82.6 percent) in 2015.
Wilson, in particular, had a really interesting season. Once Conley went down for the year, the Chiefs decided to go with Robinson as their No. 2 receiver for the next month, only see see Wilson overtake him in that spot by December. The offense, perhaps not coincidentally, improved once that happened, because Alex Smith is very comfortable with Wilson. A pending free agent, it will be interesting to see what kind of market he has.
Snap analysis: Not much out of the ordinary here. Both Kelce (86.7 percent) and Harris (44.9 percent) played about as much as they did last year.
Snap analysis: Schwartz is a boss. He’s the only Chief to log every potential snap on his side of the ball, the second year in a row he’s done that in Kansas City.
Also, Fulton logged an impressive 78.2 snap percentage this season, despite opening the year as the team’s sixth O-lineman. The same thing happened to him a year ago, when he finished with a 78.3 snap percentage. It’s easy to forget Fulton was a full-time starter as a rookie in 2014, too, so this is a guy who has played a ton of snaps for the Chiefs the last four years. If he leaves as an unrestricted free agent this spring, it will be a legitimate loss.
Injuries hampered Duvernay-Tardif and Morse, who each posted their lowest snap percentage of the last three seasons.
Lastly, Fisher took a lot of criticism for sitting out the opener against Houston and J.J. Watt in 2015 due to an ankle injury, but he’s been a consistent presence at left tackle the last two years. After logging every snap in 2016, he only failed to do so this year because Reid deemed him too important to risk injury and sat him for the season finale against Denver.