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Offensive snap-count observations: Tyreek Hill gets reps with Chiefs’ first team

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Here are some observations based on the offensive snap-count data from the Chiefs’ 17-16 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. Numbers are provided by the NFL.


Kevin Hogan — 18 (26 percent)

Aaron Murray — 15 (22 percent)

Tyler Bray — 14 (21 percent)

Nick Foles — 12 (18 percent)

Alex Smith — 9 (13 percent)

Analysis: Chiefs coach Andy Reid did a nice job splitting up the snaps among his quarterbacks. The Chiefs took Smith out after the first series to preserve him. Foles took the reps, then Bray. Murray and Hogan split up the second half.

Interesting note: The Chiefs varied their formations when Smith, Foles and Bray were in the game. But while Murray was at quarterback, they ran 11 personnel — one running back, three receivers and one tight end — almost exclusively. In Murray’s 15 snaps, they ran “11” personnel 12 times.


That’s particularly interesting when you consider the Chiefs were also much more diverse with their personnel when Hogan — a rookie — was in the game. In his 18 snaps, they only ran “11” personnel seven times and trotted out five different personnel groupings.

Running back

Knile Davis — 24 (35 percent)

Darrin Reaves — 18 (26 percent)

Spencer Ware — 13 (19 percent)

Charcandrick West — (19 percent)

Trey Millard — 10 (15 percent)

Anthony Sherman — 4 (6 percent)

Analysis: Ware got the first-string reps ahead of West. The Chiefs also had no qualms about showcasing Davis, who was shopped in the trade market this offseason. He looks swifter and has improved his vision. His hands have improved in practice but he had a few disappointing drops and a false start penalty Saturday. Reaves, who is swift and can catch, appears to be an ideal practice squad candidate in the Charcandrick West-in-2014 mold.

Wide receiver

Tyreek Hill — 22 (32 percent)

Da’Ron Brown — 15 (22 percent)

Frankie Hammond — 15 (22 percent)

Rod Streater — 14 (21 percent)

De’Anthony Thomas — 14 (21 percent)

Mike Williams — 14 (21 percent)

Chris Conley — 13 (19 percent)

Mitch Mathews — 11 (16 percent)

Kashif Moore — 10 (15 percent)]

Albert Wilson — 8 (12 percent)

Demarcus Robinson — 7 (10 percent)

Jeremy Maclin — 7 (10 percent)

Seantavius Jones — 6 (9 percent)

Analysis: The Chiefs took Maclin out after the first series to protect his health. They also took a long, hard look at Hill, whose dynamism in camp has all but assured his spot on the team. He made an appearance in the first quarter with most of the starters, which is notable — and likely an indication he will have an offensive role.

Robinson’s seven snaps are an eye-opener. He’s flashed fairly regularly in practice, so either the fourth-round pick doesn’t know the plays or the Chiefs don’t want to showcase him. Releasing Robinson at the end of camp in hopes of signing him to the practice squad would be a significant gamble, though, one that doesn’t seem likely.

By the way, De’Anthony Thomas fielding punts in the fourth quarter — with the third and fourth teamers on the field — sure was an interesting sight.

Tight end

Ross Travis — 31 (46 percent)

Demetrius Harris — 24 (35 percent)

Brian Parker — 20 (29 percent)

James O’Shaughnessy — 16 (24 percent)

Travis Kelce — 9 (13 percent)

Analysis: The Chiefs took Kelce out after the first series to protect his health. They also took a long look at Travis, who hasn’t played in an organized game since his freshman year of high school. He played in the game well into the second half despite appearing to be the No. 3 tight end behind Kelce and Harris.

Offensive line

Jah Reid — 33 (49 percent)

Jordan Devey — 33 (49 percent)

Jarrod Pughsley — 33 (49 percent)

Daniel Munyer — 33 (49 percent)

Zach Sterup — 32 (47 percent)

Zach Fulton — 24 (35 percent)

Drew Nowak — 22 (32 percent)

Reid Fragel — 22 (32 percent)

Curtis Feigt — 22 (32 percent)

Garrick Mayweather — 22 (32 percent)

Eric Fisher — 14 (21 percent)

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif — 13 (19 percent)

Mitch Morse — 13 (19 percent)

Parker Ehinger — 13 (19 percent)

Mitch Schwartz — 13 (19 percent)

Analysis: The Chiefs used Fulton as a third tight end in their goal line set on their first scoring drive.