Snap counts vs. Carolina and what it means

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Here is a breakdown of offensive and defensive snaps for each Kansas City Chiefs player from last week’s 28-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers and what it all means:

Quarterback -- Alex Smith 39, Aaron Murray 17, Chase Daniel 10. Smith will again get most of the snaps on Saturday night against the Minnesota Vikings. Tyler Bray didn’t play against Carolina but he’ll get his turn on Saturday. He will be the first quarterback off the bench and may wind up finishing the game once he enters sometime in the third quarter.

Running backKnile Davis 34, Cyrus Gray 21, Anthony Sherman 13, De’Anthony Thomas 12, Charcandrick West 7, Jordan Campbell 7. Gray may be playing his way on to the roster with a strong preseason. He may get even more playing time against the Vikings if the injured Thomas doesn’t play.

Wide receiverDwayne Bowe 38, Donnie Avery 32, A.J. Jenkins 28, Frankie Hammond Jr. 22, Kyle Williams 20, Junior Hemingway 10, Fred Williams 1, Weston Dressler 1. Hammond has been getting the injured Bowe’s snaps in practice this week, so it’s his chance to shine on Saturday. Kyle Williams also should get plenty of work against Minnesota as the slot receiver, assuming the injured Hemingway doesn’t play.

Tight endAnthony Fasano 37, Travis Kelce 29, Demetrius Harris 18. Kelce got more snaps than he did a week earlier and that’s a good sign. His knee is holding up.

Offensive lineRodney Hudson 39, Jeff Allen 39, Donald Stephenson 39, Eric Fisher 39, Zach Fulton 39, Eric Kush 27, Jeff Linkenbach 27, Ryan Harris 27, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 14, Ryan McKee 14, Ricky Henry 13, Rishaw Johnson 13. The starting line is struggling, so the Chiefs need to give them a lot of snaps against the Vikings.

Defensive lineVance Walker 37, Dontari Poe 27, Allen Bailey 26, Kyle Love 25, Jeremelle Cudjo 19, Jairus Campbell 11, Jaye Howard 11, Dominique Hamilton 8. With starter Mike DeVito out with an injury, Walker received plenty of work.

Linebacker – James-Michael Johnson 41, Nico Johnson 33, Dee Ford 33, Derrick Johnson 27, Tamba Hali 27, Justin Houston 27, Frank Zombo 18, Josh Martin 15, Joe Mays 12. The Chiefs were getting plenty of work to their backups.

Defensive backPhillip Gaines 33, Jerron McMillian 33, Daniel Sorensen 27, Husain Abdullah 27, Sean Smith 27, Malcolm Bronson 22, DeMarcus Van Dyke 22, Marcus Cooper 22, Jonathon Amaya 18, Chris Owens 16, Ron Parker 11, Justin Rogers 5. Parker started against Cincinnati the week before so his diminished playing time is ominous for him.