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Snap counts vs. Bengals and what it means

8/9/2014

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Here is a breakdown of offensive and defensive snaps for each Kansas City Chiefs player from the preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and what it all means.

Quarterback -- Chase Daniel 19, Tyler Bray 17, Alex Smith 11, Aaron Murray 5. Bray was supposed to play only the third quarter but because the Chiefs rarely had the ball in that period they gave him many of the fourth-quarter snaps that were supposed to go to Murray. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs give more work to Murray than Bray in next Sunday night's game against the Panthers in Carolina.

Running back -– Cyrus Gray 17, Knile Davis 17, Jordan Campbell 13, Jamaal Charles 9, Charcandrick West 7, De'Anthony Thomas 4, Anthony Sherman 2. Gray made the most of his playing time, rushing for 55 yards and the Chiefs' final touchdown.

Wide receiver -- Frankie Hammond Jr. 23, Albert Wilson 22, Kyle Williams 21, Fred Williams 19, Weston Dressler 13, Jerrell Jackson 11, Dwayne Bowe 11, Donnie Avery 11, Darryl Surgent 3, Deon Anthony 3. Junior Hemingway, A.J. Jenkins and Mark Harrison did not play, but even if they had, Hammond and Wilson were going to get a long look. The injured players are back, which should cut into playing time for Hammond and Wilson in Carolina.

Tight end -- Demetrius Harris 18, Travis Kelce 18, Anthony Fasano 10, Richard Gordon 6, Adam Schiltz 2. The Chiefs wanted a good look at their younger players here. Expect that to continue in this week's game.

Offensive line -- Eric Kush 36, Ricky Henry 36, Ryan Harris 36, Ryan McKee 24, Jeff Linkenbach 22, Rishaw Johnson 19, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 17, Eric Fisher 11, Zach Fulton 11, Jeff Allen 11, Donald Stephenson 11, Rodney Hudson 11, Otis Hudson 5, J'Marcus Webb 5, Ben Gottschalk 5. It's not a coincidence that the leading backups at center (Kush), guard (Henry) and tackle (Harris) played the most.

Defensive line -- Jaye Howard 45, Vance Walker 36, Dominique Hamilton 21, Allen Bailey 18, Dontari Poe 18, Jermelle Cudjo 14, Jairus Campbell 14, Kona Schwenke 7. With Mike DeVito, Kyle Love and Mike Catapano out with injuries, Howard received a lot of playing time and took advantage. He was probably going to make the team anyway but he solidified whatever claim he might have to a roster spot.

Linebacker -- Dee Ford 54, James-Michael Johnson 42, Josh Martin 38, Josh Mauga 38, Derrick Johnson 18, Justin Houston 18, Tamba Hali 18, Nico Johnson 17, Frank Zombo 16, Alonzo Highsmith 14, Joe Mays 8. The Chiefs had the chance to give a lot of playing time to Nico Johnson, but James-Michael Johnson and Josh Mauga played far more at inside linebacker. That's an ominous sign for Nico.

Defensive back -- Phillip Gaines 37, Jerron McMillian 37, DeMarcus Van Dyke 32, Malcolm Bronson 27, Steve Gregory 27, Daniel Sorensen 22, Ron Parker 18, Husain Abdullah 18, Marcus Cooper 17, Justin Rogers 17, Kevin Rutland 16, Brandon Jones 16, Damond Smith 15, Sean Smith 14, Vernon Kearney 13, Chris Owens 12. Gregory abruptly retired after Saturday's practice, so young safeties Bronson and Sorensen could get even more work against the Panthers.