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Lions vs. Eagles snap counts: Blowout gives backups playing time

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Nearly everyone got a chance to play against the Eagles.

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When a football team is dominating like the Detroit Lions were on Sunday, everyone wants to get in on the fun. Because the game was decided early in the third quarter, the Lions deployed a variety of lineups and many players got a chance in the game. Here's the overall snap count for the Lions' game against the Philadelphia Eagles:

Offense:

QUARTERBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matthew Stafford 72 100%






RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Ameer Abdullah 28 39% 3 10%
Theo Riddick 26 36% 4 13%
Joique Bell 17 24% 2 6%
George Winn 4 6% 21 68%





FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 25 35% 11 35%





WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Calvin Johnson 68 94%

Golden Tate 58 81% 4 13%
Lance Moore 23 32% 2 6%
Corey Fuller 22 31% 15 48%





TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Brandon Pettigrew 53 74%

Eric Ebron 35 49%






OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Riley Reiff 72 100% 7 23%
Michael Ola 72 100% 7 23%
Cornelius Lucas 1 1% 7 23%





OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Laken Tomlinson 72 100% 7 23%
Travis Swanson 72 100% 7 23%
Larry Warford 69 96%

Manny Ramirez 3 4% 7 23%

Analysis:

  • Ameer Abdullah continues to see his snaps grow. He actually led the running back crew in snaps this week, as Joique Bell continues to be sidelined more often.
  • If it weren't for the possible concussion suffered by Larry Warford late in the game, the offensive line would have remained intact for the second straight game. If everyone remains healthy, it looks like this is your starting five offensive linemen for the rest of the year.
  • The Detroit Lions spread out their personnel this week. Both Lance Moore and Corey Fuller saw a pretty high percentage of snaps this week. Granted, Fuller's contributions mostly came after Moore went down with an injury.

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Devin Taylor 38 64% 15 48%
Ezekiel Ansah 30 51% 2 6%
Jason Jones 27 46% 2 6%
Darryl Tapp 26 44% 12 39%





DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Caraun Reid 34 58% 1 3%
Haloti Ngata 29 49% 2 6%
C.J. Wilson 22 37% 1 3%
Khyri Thornton 22 37%






LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Josh Bynes 41 69% 24 77%
Stephen Tulloch 37 63%

Tahir Whitehead 34 58% 7 23%
Kyle Van Noy 14 24% 21 68%
Brandon Copeland 8 14% 21 68%
Travis Lewis

24 77%





CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Nevin Lawson 59 100%

Darius Slay 48 81% 2 6%
Quandre Diggs 40 68% 8 26%
Crezdon Butler 11 19% 15 48%
Bill Bentley 11 19% 3 10%
SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Isa Abdul-Quddus 45 76% 15 48%
James Ihedigbo 41 69% 2 6%
Glover Quin 21 36% 1 3%
Don Carey 11 19% 22 71%





Specialists

KICKER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matt Prater 7 23%



PUNTER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Sam Martin 19 61%



LONG SNAPPER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Don Muhlbach 11 35%

Analysis:

  • Odd distribution among defensive ends this week, as Devin Taylor led the squad in snaps. Jason Jones may have slipped in the depth chart, although it's dangerous to read too much into snap counts of a blowout. What is clear is Ziggy Ansah's production in just 30 snaps is wildly impressive.
  • Because of the blowout, we got to see what some fringe players had in the tank. Kyle Van Noy, Khyri Thornton, Bill Bentley and even Don Carey saw some defensive playing time.
  • If there's one thing the Lions have missed with Ndamukong Suh gone, it's his distribution of snaps. Suh consistently averaged between 70 and 80 percent of snaps. His perceived replacement, Haloti Ngata, didn't even play in half of the snaps on Sunday.