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Lions-Rams snap counts: TJ Jones, James Ihedigbo play major roles

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The Lions had to make a few big personnel tweaks to fight the Rams' run game and compensate for injuries.

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Offense:

QUARTERBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matthew Stafford 71 100%






RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Theo Riddick 37 52% 7 28%
Ameer Abdullah 19 27% 4 16%
Joique Bell 17 24% 4 16%
George Winn

16 64%





FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 14 20% 7 28%





WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Calvin Johnson 69 97%

Golden Tate 61 86% 6 24%
TJ Jones 53 75%

Corey Fuller 14 20% 6 24%





TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Eric Ebron 53 75%

Brandon Pettigrew 13 18%






OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Riley Reiff 71 100% 2 8%
Michael Ola 71 100% 2 8%
Cornelius Lucas 5 7% 2 8%





OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Laken Tomlinson 71 100% 2 8%
Travis Swanson 71 100% 2 8%
Larry Warford 71 100% 2 8%
Manny Ramirez

2 8%

Analysis:

  • After Brandon Pettigrew went down early with a serious-looking injury Eric Ebron took over, participating in 75% of the offenses snaps on the day.
  • TJ Jones had a huge upswing in his playtime, with Lance Moore inactive for the game. Outside of Golden Tate and Theo Riddick, he was the most targeted receiver against the Rams
  • Once again, the Lions had all five offensive linemen play the entirety of the game. They even brought Cornelius Lucas in the game five times for a few six lineman looks.

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Ezekiel Ansah 37 67% 6 24%
Jason Jones 35 64% 7 28%
Devin Taylor 30 55% 9 37%
Darryl Tapp 19 35% 9 36%





DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Haloti Ngata 40 73% 6 24%
Caraun Reid 34 62%

Khyri Thornton 13 24% 1 4%
C.J. Wilson 12 22%






LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Josh Bynes 51 93% 19 76%
Stephen Tulloch 42 76%

Tahir Whitehead 40 73% 14 56%
Kyle Van Noy 11 20% 16 64%
Travis Lewis

19 76%
Brandon Copeland

16 64%





CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Darius Slay 55 100% 7 28%
Nevin Lawson 53 96% 4 16%
Quandre Diggs 22 40% 9 36%
Crezdon Butler

4 16%





SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Glover Quin 55 100% 3 12%
James Ihedigbo 32 58%

Isa Abdul-Quddus 24 44% 13 52%
Don Carey

19 76%
Isaiah Johnson

9 36%

Specialists

KICKER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matt Prater 2 8%



PUNTER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Sam Martin 12 48%



LONG SNAPPER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Don Muhlbach 9 36%

Analysis:

  • Ezekiel Ansah took over the lead in snaps again this week, as Devin Taylor took more of a situational role after an impressive game against the Packers.
  • With the Lions back at full health at linebacker, Josh Bynes saw the field for nearly the entire game. Stephen Tulloch also played more than normal. That was to be expected, as the Rams posed mostly a run threat, and Tulloch has been excellent at defending the run this year.
  • Nice to see Van Noy getting some playing time, even if it extremely limited.
  • At safety, the Lions opted to go with James Ihedigbo more often than not. Detroit chose to load up the box (therefore limiting Quandre Diggs' snaps at nickel corner), and believe Ihedigbo was the better option than Isa Abdul-Quddus.