The Kansas City Chiefs opened the 2020 NFL season with a display of prowess from their youngest players.
Several rookies debuted on the national stage as the Chiefs began their Super Bowl title defense. Even without preseason performances to get acclimated, those rookies didn’t disappoint and came away with an abundance of snaps.
Here’s how the snaps shook out in Week 1:
*Snap counts via NFL Game Statistics and Information System
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire played in 67% of the Chiefs’ offensive snaps with Darrel Williams relieving him. No snaps for Darwin Thompson.
- The top skill player for Kansas City in terms of snaps was Travis Kelce with 61 total snaps equaling 88% total offensive snaps.
- Nick Keizer was on the field for over 40% of the Chiefs’ offensive snaps. That suggests he’ll hold down that No. 2 tight end job moving forward.
- Receiving snaps went Hill, Watkins, Robinson, Hardman, Pringle.
- Nick Allegretti had one snap as an extra blocker.
- Tyrann Mathieu was the only Chiefs defender to play 100% of the defensive snaps.
- L’Jarius Sneed played 93% of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps in his rookie debut.
- Tershawn Wharton only played 14 defensive snaps (24%) despite the injury to Khalen Saunders.
- Mike Danna played just under 50% of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps, coming in behind Tanoh Kpassagnon and Frank Clark.
- Tedric Thompson played 36% of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps, recording two tackles.
- Dorian O’Daniel had five snaps in different sub-package groupings for the Chiefs. He recorded a sack and two tackles on the night.
- Khalen Saunders played just eight snaps before leaving with a dislocated elbow. Alex Okafor played just 10 snaps before leaving with a hamstring strain. Charvarius Ward played 31 snaps before fracturing his hand.
- Dorian O’Daniel, Armani Watts and Anthony Sherman led the way with special teams snaps with 19. Rookie Willie Gay Jr. had just 16 special teams snaps on the night.