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Lions-Saints snap counts: Ebron, Riddick make most of limited playtime

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Though some Lions had a more limited role this week against the Saints, they still managed to shine.

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Offense:

QUARTERBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matthew Stafford 53 100%






RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Ameer Abdullah 22 42% 5 17%
Joique Bell 21 40% 5 17%
Theo Riddick 13 25% 3 10%





FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 14 26% 17 57%





WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Calvin Johnson 50 94% 1 3%
Golden Tate 44 83% 5 17%
Lance Moore 26 49%

TJ Jones 11 21%






TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Eric Ebron 28 53%

Bear Pascoe 19 36% 5 17%
Tim Wright 7 13% 10 33%
OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Riley Reiff 53 100% 6 20%
Michael Ola 53 100% 6 20%
Cornelius Lucas 10 19% 6 20%





OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Laken Tomlinson 53 100% 6 20%
Travis Swanson 53 100% 6 20%
Larry Warford 53 100%

Manny Ramirez

6 20%

Analysis:

  • Despite the injury to Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron did not see an increased role in the game against the Saints. Instead, the Lions opted to split duties between Ebron, Bear Pascoe and even Tim Wright. Despite that, Ebron had one of his better days receiving, hauling in four catches for 79 yards.
  • The Lions had their entire five starting offensive linemen play for the entirety of the game again.
  • Surprisingly, Theo Riddick's role in the offense was pretty limited this week. Riddick only saw the field for 13 offensive snaps, just one-fourth of Detroit's offensive plays. 

  • In addition to Calvin Johnson's 50 snaps on offense and one snap on special teams, he also got in two defensive snaps at the end of the game (not listed below).

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Jason Jones 50 65% 4 13%
Ezekiel Ansah 47 61% 2 7%
Devin Taylor 40 52% 10 33%
Darryl Tapp 30 39% 14 47%





DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Haloti Ngata 54 70% 5 17%
Caraun Reid 52 68% 1 3%
Khyri Thornton 18 23%

C.J. Wilson 13 17%






LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Josh Bynes 62 81% 20 67%
Tahir Whitehead 62 81% 9 30%
Stephen Tulloch 39 51% 1 3%
Kyle Van Noy 11 14% 19 63%
Brandon Copeland 6 8% 20 67%
Travis Lewis

24 80%





CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Nevin Lawson 75 97%

Darius Slay 74 96% 54 17%
Quandre Diggs 55 71% 11 37%
Crezdon Butler

13 43%





SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Isa Abdul-Quddus 77 100% 11 37%
James Ihedigbo 45 58% 4 13%
Glover Quin 33 43% 1 3%
Isaiah Johnson 2 3% 15 50%
Don Carey

23 77%

Specialists

KICKER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matt Prater 6 20%



PUNTER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Sam Martin 15 50%



LONG SNAPPER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Don Muhlbach 10 33%

Analysis:

  • As expected, Quandre Diggs saw a big increase in snaps this week, as the Saints spread their offense much more than the Rams did last week. 

  • Kyle Van Noy continues to get a little bit of action with the defense. This week, he seemed to make the most of his 11 snaps.
  • Isa Abdul-Quddus was back into the primary role at safety, after James Ihedigbo got the majority of snaps last week. However, when Glover Quin was concussed late in the second quarter, Ihedigbo got back into the game.