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San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 17 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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The last edition of San Diego Chargers Snap Counts for this season... hopefully just for this season.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to focus on the snap counts when there is the looming cloud of uncertainty of whether the Chargers will stay in SD or relocate to LA. Like this kid in the photo, don’t make this the last game in SD, otherwise, future snap count articles will read “Los Angeles Chargers Snap Counts”. It feels so wrong typing that. Big picture, this was more than a meaningless game for the Chargers and the Chiefs. The Chiefs locked down the AFC West with this win. The Chargers locked in the number seven spot in this year’s NFL Draft and it was the final failure of the Mike McCoy era. Let’s take a look at the Chargers offensive and defensive playing time percentages.

Chargers Offense:

Pos. Name W16 Snaps % of Total W16 Snaps W17 Snaps % of Total W17 Snaps WoW % Change
QB Philip Rivers 68 100% 66 100% 0%
T Chris Hairston 68 100% 66 100% 5%
G D.J. Fluker 61 90% 66 100% 10%
C Matt Slauson 21 31% 66 100% 69%
WR Tyrell Wiliams 56 82% 62 94% 12%
T Joe Barksdale 68 100% 57 86% -14%
WR Dontrelle Inman 56 82% 53 80% -2%
TE Antonio Gates 57 84% 38 58% -26%
RB Ronnie Hillman 26 38% 38 58% 20%
G Orlando Franklin 37 54% 36 55% 1%
TE Hunter Henry 19 28% 36 55% 27%
WR Isaiah Burse 0 0% 36 55% 55%
G Kenny Wiggins 36 53% 32 48% -5%
RB Andre Williams 0 0% 27 41% 41%
TE Sean McGrath 13 19% 16 24% 5%
WR Geremy Davis 7 10% 12 18% 8%
FB Derek Watt 13 19% 10 15% -4%
T Tyreek Burwell 0 0% 9 14% 14%
C Spencer Pulley 55 81% 0 0% -81%
WR Travis Benjamin 50 74% 0 0% -74%
RB Kenneth Farrow 37 54% 0 0% -54%
T King Dunlap 0 0% 0 0% 0%

While the Chargers lost, there were a couple of bright spots on offense. Two players, Tyrell Williams and Antonio Gates, were looking to achieve a couple of milestones in Week 17. Tyrell Williams has been an absolute workhorse this season, nearly topping the snap counts charts week in and week out. Williams broke the 1,000 receiving yard mark this game, ending his season with 1,059 yards. The last receiver to break 1,000 yards was Keenan Allen in 2013. Some former basketball player, Antonio Gates, was looking to break an NFL record touchdown record for tight ends. He went and tied Tony Gonzalez’ TD record in the 2nd quarter. Great to see him tie the record at what may be the last home game, which sadly looked like an away game.

With several key offensive players on IR, it will be interesting to see what the Chargers can do next season. Hopefully, the Chargers can stay healthy next season because they will have some dangerous weapons on offense.

Chargers Defense:

Pos. Name W16 Snaps % of Total W16 Snaps W17 Snaps % of Total W17 Snaps WoW % Change
LB Jatavis Brown 71 100% 61 100% 0%
CB Casey Hayward 69 97% 61 100% 3%
LB Melvin Ingram 67 94% 61 100% 6%
FS Dwight Lowery 70 99% 60 98% -1%
CB Trevor Williams 71 100% 59 97% -3%
SS Jahleel Addae 70 99% 59 97% -2%
DE Joey Bosa 57 80% 56 92% 12%
DT Corey Liuget 61 86% 49 80% -6%
NT Damion Square 50 70% 43 70% 0%
LB Kyle Emanuel 29 41% 33 54% 13%
LB Korey Toomer 5 7% 26 43% 36%
SS Adrian Phillips 25 35% 23 38% 3%
LB Joshua Perry 5 7% 21 34% 27%
CB Trovon Reed 47 66% 19 31% -35%
CB Robert McClain 1 1% 13 21% 20%
NT Ryan Carrethers 10 14% 10 16% 2%
LB Tourek Williams 0 0% 10 16% 16%
DE Darius Philon 10 14% 6 10% -4%
LB Chris Landrum 15 21% 1 2% -19%
LB Denzel Perryman 47 66% 0 0% -66%
FS Darrell Stuckey 1 1% 0 0% -1%

The defense was outplayed this game; there’s not much more to say about them. Alex Smith was able to carve up this defense and post a 112.8 QBR on Sunday. The defense was able to limit the Chiefs on the ground and was able to somewhat pressure Alex Smith. With Perryman out, a few LBs saw extra playing time such as Korey “It’s Not A” Toomer.

Joey Bosa is a machine. Bosa has been consistently remained at the top of the snap count charts the last few weeks and has been putting up impressive numbers. This week Bosa played 92% of the snaps on defense and came up with 5 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 tackles for a loss.

The Chargers have locked up the seventh pick in the draft, assuming they don’t trade up or down and may draft another defensive player in the first round. The safeties in this year’s draft have a lot of talent to offer, so maybe Dwight Lowery or Jahleel Addae might not top the snap count chart every week.

We’ll see you next season, hopefully breaking down the SAN DIEGO Chargers Snap Counts.