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A look at personnel decisions from the Lions-Vikings game.

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Here's a look at the Detroit Lions' snap distribution for their game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Offense:

QUARTERBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matthew Stafford 54 100%






RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Theo Riddick 30 56%

Ameer Abdullah 12 22% 4 13%
Joique Bell 12 22%

George Winn 3 6% 21 68%





FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 12 22% 12 39%





WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Calvin Johnson 50 93%

Golden Tate 50 93% 2 6%
Lance Moore 30 56%

Corey Fuller 9 17% 3 10%
TJ Jones

5 16%
TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Eric Ebron 46 85%

Tim Wright 4 7% 9 29%










OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Riley Reiff 54 100% 3 10%
LaAdrian Waddle 54 100% 3 10%
Cornelius Lucas 12 22% 3 10%
OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Laken Tomlinson 54 100% 3 10%
Travis Swanson 54 100% 3 10%
Larry Warford 54 100%

Manny Ramirez

3 10%





Analysis:

  • For perhaps the first time this season, the Lions starting five offensive linemen all played in 100% snaps of the game. While their performance was a huge disappointment, it is still nice to see some consistency in the Lions' lineup.
  • Joique Bell, despite being touted as the starting running back going into the season, only received 12 snaps on the day. The Lions may be easing Bell back into the lineup, or Bell may have fallen well-behind Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah in the depth chart
  • Eric Ebron taking 85% of the Lions' offensive snaps shows just how much the Lions value him on offense. I imagine that number will go down once Brandon Pettigrew returns, as Ebron shouldn't really be put in blocking situations, but Sunday's game was a big step in the right direction for Ebron.

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Ezekiel Ansah 47 63% 6 19%
Jason Jones 47 63% 7 23%
Devin Taylor 40 53% 4 13%
Darryl Tapp 27 36% 18 58%





DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Haloti Ngata 45 60% 7 23%
Caraun Reid 41 55%

Andre Fluellen 32 43% 8 26%
Jermelle Cudjo 22 29%








LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Josh Bynes 66 88% 7 23%
Stephen Tulloch 52 69% 6 19%
Tahir Whitehead 34 45% 28 90%
Travis Lewis 33 44% 28 90%
Kyle Van Noy 7 9% 21 68%
Brandon Copeland 3 4% 21 68%





CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Darius Slay 73 97%

Rashean Mathis 61 81% 7 23%
Quandre Diggs 42 56% 4 13%
Nevin Lawson 5 7% 7 23%





SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Glover Quin 75 100% 7 23%
James Ihedigbo 55 73%

Isa Abdul-Quddus 18 24% 28 90%
Don Carey

28 90%

Specialists

KICKER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matt Prater 3 10%



PUNTER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Sam Martin 13 42%



LONG SNAPPER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Don Muhlbach 9 29%

Analysis:

  • With Haloti Ngata back in the lineup, the defensive tackle personnel was much more consistent than in previous weeks. However, it's very interesting that Gabe Wright was inactive for this game. Wright received the third-most snaps among defensive tackles last week, but the Lions chose to bench him over Jermelle Cudjo against the Vikings.
  • The linebacker position continues to be a bit confusing. Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis are essentially splitting snaps. I don't know if this is indecision on the Lions' coaches behalf, or if they think each player fits certain situations better.
  • With Josh Wilson out for the game, the Lions used a combination of Isa Abdul-Quddus and Quandre Diggs to cover the nickel corner position.