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Offensive snap-count observations: Charcandrick West earns twice as much work as Spencer Ware

Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West found some room to run among a pack of Raiders.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West found some room to run among a pack of Raiders. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Here are some observations based on the offensive snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 34-20 win over the Oakland Raiders. Numbers are provided by the NFL.

QUARTERBACK

Alex Smith ― 51 of 51

RUNNING BACK

Charcandrick West ― 34 of 51

Anthony Sherman ― 18 of 51

Spencer Ware ― 17 of 51

After Ware carried the mail in a 30-22 win over the Bills the game before, he saw most of his workload usurped by a now-healthy West, who logged two-thirds of the snaps. Keep this in mind going forward, fantasy-football players. But also remember that there’s no guarantee the snaps will continue to be divvied up this way going forward.

RECEIVER

Jeremy Maclin ― 46 of 51

Albert Wilson ― 43 of 51

Jason Avant ― 16 of 51

Chris Conley ― 8 of 51

Maclin assumes his usual large workload, while Wilson now seems to have a stranglehold on the No. 2 receiver position ahead of Chris Conley. His big fourth-quarter block on Maclin’s touchdown run won’t be forgotten, either. With only 11 catches this year, it appears Avant role is as a decoy/blocker/locker room leader, which is valuable.

TIGHT END

Travis Kelce ― 48 of 51

Demetrius Harris ― 21 of 51

Brian Parker ― 4 of 51

OFFENSIVE LINE

Jah Reid ― 51 of 51

Eric Fisher ― 51 of 51

Zach Fulton ― 51 of 51

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif ― 51 of 51

Donald Stephenson ― 44 of 51

Jeff Allen ― 7 of 51

Allen tried to give it a go in the first quarter, but just couldn’t push off on his injured ankle. Stephenson came in and gave a good effort at left guard, a position he has never played. That will help him if he is allowed to hit free agency in March. Fulton made his first career start at center and didn’t have any bad snaps. His versatility — he started all 16 games at right guard last season — will make the former sixth-round pick a valuable commodity going forward. Fisher gutted it out after suffering head and neck injuries against the Bills a week earlier.

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