Kenneth Murray: 40 snaps (51%)
The LA Chargers had a pretty good day on defense against the Kansas City Chiefs and Kenneth Murray was not really part of it. There were no highlight plays from Murray, who played less than he has all season, which includes Week 2 when he got banged up early.
Murray's 40 snaps were a season low for the second-year inside linebacker. Making up the snaps on the defense was Drue Tranquill, who was surprising last week as he virtually did not play at all on the defensive side of the ball.
Heading into the preseason, Murray was viewed as the best linebacker on the team and now things are much murkier. While Murray is still young and has boatloads of potential, Kyzir White and Tranquill have really stepped up in this defense while Murray has not improved much from the end of last season.
That is showing itself in the snaps counts. Murray is far from being a nuisance on the field but it is clear that these three linebackers are on the same level in the eyes of the coaching staff. It does not matter if the Chargers traded up to take Murray in the first round in 2020. That does not get him preferential treatment.
Tranquill only played six fewer snaps than Murray did in Week 3 while White played 15 more snaps than Murray did to lead the linebacker room.
it might be surprising, but it is ultimately for the best for the LA Chargers. Having three linebackers who can rotate between two spots and all play well is only going to keep the team fresh late in the game.