Chiefs snap counts: Deandre Baker plays 31 snaps in injury relief

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Chiefs snap counts: Deandre Baker plays 31 snaps in injury relief
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The Kansas City Chiefs had a more equal dose of snaps in Week 3 compared to the week prior. That might have something to do with the four offensive turnovers. Typically, a team with 33 first downs is going to be spending a bit more time and snaps on offense.

What else can we learn from this week’s snap counts? Here’s a look at how the snaps played out in Week 3:

*Snap counts via NFL Game Statistics and Information System

Observations

  • The committee approach at the WR position lives on this week. While Mecole Hardman led the way behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce last week, Demarcus Robinson saw the most snaps behind the duo this week.

  • Jerick McKinnon flashed in Week 2, but played just three offensive snaps in Week 3. Darrel Williams is still the clear No. 2 running back behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire with 34% of the snaps on Sunday.

  • All four tight ends (Kelce, Bell, Gray and Fortson) played snaps on Sunday. This position group is looking like a huge strength of the offense and should be relied upon more in the future.

  • Jody Fortson managed to do a lot with just six offensive snaps. His production warrants more playing time and game-planning on the part of the offensive coaching staff.

  • Marcus Kemp played just seven offensive snaps in Week 3. He seemed to be more involved in the game plan this week, but his popped-up pass resulting in the Chiefs’ first interception seemed to put a damper on any significant contributions.

  • Tyrann Mathieu was the only defender to play 100% of the defensive snaps in Week 3. That’s his second week in a row doing so.

  • Nick Bolton continues to see an uptick in snaps over Ben Niemann. Last week he had slightly fewer snaps, but this week he played nearly 20 more defensive snaps to Niemann.

  • Chris Jones played 60% of the defensive snaps for Kansas City. That seems a little high while he’s dealing with a wrist injury and wearing a pretty hefty brace on it. The pass rush has been mostly ineffective regardless, but you’d think they would look to protect Jones a bit more.

  • Rashad Fenton played just 26 snaps before exiting the game with a concussion.

  • Deandre Baker was the first player off the bench to replace Fenton. He played his first meaningful minutes of his Chiefs career with 31 snaps against the Chargers on Sunday. His performance was just average and will most be remembered for a questionable pass interference penalty that gave Los Angeles a fresh set of downs and eventually the lead.

  • After seeing just 11 snaps in Week 2, Juan Thornhill saw eight more snaps in Week 3. It’s progress, but it’s still not what you’d hope to get from a former top 100 draft pick. He played his typical snaps when the Chiefs were in their dime sub-package, but he did spell Daniel Sorensen for a series in the game.

  • Joshua Kaindoh played just 18 defensive snaps on Sunday after being inactive in Week 2. He didn’t seem to make much of a noticeable impact when he was on the field.

  • Chris Lammons, Dorian O’Daniel, Armani Watts, Darius Harris and Nick Allegretti only played special teams snaps on Sunday.

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The morning after a Chiefs Week 3 loss