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Chiefs v. Texans Snap Counts: Jadeveon Clowney's "Pitch Count," Heavy Rotation At Running Back & Tight End

Curious how Bill O'Brien and company deployed their roster on Sunday? Get the details here.

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For two years now, I've been tracking snap counts.  I've used two different formats. Last year's spreadsheets grew tiresome, so I'll try to focus on specific position groups each week. Feedback is always appreciated. Let's jump right in.


Running Backs Att / Yards Rec / Yards TD Snap Count / Pct
Alfred Blue 9 / 42 1 / 7 0 22 / 29%
Jonathan Grimes 6 / 28 1 / 2 0 41 / 53%
Chris Polk 5 / 22 1 / 9 0 14 / 18%

Bill O'Brien has mentioned that he wouldn't try to replace Arian Foster with just one player but rather several players, and that was confirmed on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. While Alfred Blue started the game, it was Jonathan Grimes that got the most action on the field.

Perhaps it was Grimes' 21-yard scamper early in the game that earned him the most playing time. It's worth noting that each of the three Houston RBs averaged more than 4.4 yards per carry. The early interception and highly-efficient Chiefs offense put too much pressure on Brian Hoyer, however, for any of them to get more than single-digit carries.

Tight Ends Rec / Yards Targets TD Snap Count / Pct
Garrett Graham 0 / 0 1 0 18 / 23%
C.J. Fiedorowicz 1 / 15 1 0 34 / 44%
Ryan Griffin 1 / 18 4 0 36 / 47%

The tight end group also saw a heavy rotation, with Ryan Griffin atop the snap count list and sophomore C.J. Fiedorowicz right behind him. Graham, he of the three-year, $11.25 million contract, was a distant third.

Though Hoyer and Ryan Mallett had plenty success with the wide receivers, the tight ends struggled to draw much attention at all. 2014's least effective position group (probably) is well on its way toward an encore.

And with today's news that Griffin was injured and will miss a "significant" amount of time, the team will likely be looking at acquiring someone new.  Is it too late to get Khari Lee back?


Last year, Brian Cushing often came off the field on passing downs, leaving Mike Mohamed as the lone linebacker. With Mike Mohamed out for an unknown period of time, Cushing saw 100% of the defensive snaps (70) and another eight snaps on special teams.  Behind him on the depth chart, Akeem Dent played 73% and Justin Tuggle just 4%. Rookie Benardrick McKinney played exclusively on special teams (23 snaps). It'll be interesting to see if Mohamed will again be the team's dime (1 LB, 6 DBs) linebacker when he returns to the field.

Jadeveon Clowney's limited availability was set to 30 snaps, apparently. 2014's first overall pick had four tackles, including one for a loss. Nothing spectacular on the stat sheet, but an encouraging start.

For those curious about how the safety position was manned, Rahim Moore played 100% at free safety. Quintin Demps, Eddie Pleasant and Andre Hal rotated in at a 87 / 21 / 4 percent split, respectively.

Vince Wilfork debuted with 53 defensive and six special teams snaps.


Snaps / Pct ST Snaps / Pct
Kevin Johnson (CB) 34 / 49% 15 / 44%
Benardrick McKinney (LB) 0 / 0% 23 / 68%
Christian Covington (DT) 2 / 3% 0 / 0%
Keith Mumphery (WR) 12 / 16% 7 / 21%

Where you at, Jaelen Strong?

Questions? Comments? Monologues? Sound off down below. Happy Monday.

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