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Chiefs-Packers snap-count observations: Chris Conley and Marcus Cooper earn more work

Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley played 35 snaps on Monday night.
Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley played 35 snaps on Monday night. skeyser@kcstar.com

Here are some observations based on the snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 38-28 loss at Green Bay on Monday. Numbers are provided by the NFL.

Offense

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▪ After their No. 2 and 3 tight ends (James O’Shaughnessy and Demetrius Harris) combined to play 37 snaps against Denver, they saw their workload fall to 22 snaps. A big reason for this was the large number of three-wide sets they ran, as slot receiver Jason Avant played a season-high 38 snaps after playing a combined 20 in the previous two games.

▪ Speaking of O’Shaughnessy, he logged more snaps than Harris for the first time all season. Is a change afoot at No. 2 tight end?

▪ The battle for the No. 2 receiver position is officially back on. After logging only six total snaps in the Chiefs’ first two games, rookie Chris Conley played 35 — one more than starter Albert Wilson.

▪ Anthony Sherman is one of the league’s best fullbacks, and he gives the offense some attitude. He played a season-low five plays on Monday. That’s not enough.

Defense

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▪ After logging only one play against Denver, third corner Marcus Cooper played every defensive snap. He got the nod in place of Jamell Fleming, who struggled against the Broncos and logged only eight plays Monday, even after starting corner Phillip Gaines left the game with a knee injury.

▪ Safety Tyvon Branch got the nod in Gaines’ place and logged a season-high 41 snaps.

▪ The brilliance of the Packers’ offensive gameplan manifested itself in how many defensive snaps (170) the Chiefs’ very interior defensive linemen logged. That’s fewer than their total against the Broncos (188). The Packers took advantage of those lighter boxes by running the ball for 123 yards on 32 carries.

Special teams

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▪ Frank Zombo, Daniel Sorensen and D.J. Alexander continue to be special teams warriors. All three appeared on over 90 percent of the Chiefs’ special teams snaps Monday.

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