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Lions-49ers snap counts: Theo Riddick leads the running back crew

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Analysis of the snap counts from the Lions-49ers game.

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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 34 48% 4 14%
Joique Bell 20 28% 4 14%
Ameer Abdullah 20 28% 4 14%





FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 13 18% 14 50%





WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Calvin Johnson 63 89%

Golden Tate 62 87% 3 11%
Lance Moore 44 62%

TJ Jones 23 32% 3 11%





TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Eric Ebron 49 69%

Bear Pascoe 14 20% 3 11%
Tim Wright 8 11% 10 36%
OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Riley Reiff 71 100% 6 21%
Michael Ola 71 100% 6 21%
Cornelius Lucas 5 7% 6 21%





OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Laken Tomlinson 71 100% 6 21%
Travis Swanson 71 100% 6 21%
Larry Warford 71 100%

Manny Ramirez

6 21%

Analysis:

  • The Lions running back situation continues to be in flux. This week, Abdullah took a smaller role, while Riddick jumped back into the lead in snaps. The Lions' use of their backs seems random, but as Jim Caldwell would say, "every game is different." 

  • Detroit has solidified their offensive line. The five starters played 100 percent of the offensive snaps for the third straight game.
  • Eric Ebron's contribution jumped up again this week after having a diminished role against the New Orleans Saints.

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Ezekiel Ansah 41 66% 4 14%
Devin Taylor 37 60% 11 39%
Darryl Tapp 28 45% 13 46%
Jason Jones 2 3%






DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Caraun Reid 49 79% 2 7%
Haloti Ngata 48 77% 5 18%
C.J. Wilson 15 24%

Khyri Thornton 14 23%






LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Josh Bynes 50 81% 17 61%
Tahir Whitehead 48 77% 10 36%
Stephen Tulloch 46 74%

Brandon Copeland 16 26% 17 61%
Kyle Van Noy 10 16% 17 61%
Travis Lewis

21 75%





CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Darius Slay 61 98% 5 18%
Nevin Lawson 57 92% 1 4%
Quandre Diggs 34 55% 11 39%
Crezdon Butler 2 3% 13 46%





SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Glover Quin 62 100% 4 14%
Isa Abdul-Quddus 55 89% 8 29%
James Ihedigbo 7 11% 1 4%
Don Carey

21 75%
Isaiah Johnson

13 46%

Specialists

KICKER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matt Prater 6 21%



PUNTER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Sam Martin 17 61%



LONG SNAPPER SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Don Muhlbach 10 36%

Analysis:

  • After Jason Jones left the game very early on with a stinger injury, Devin Taylor and Darryl Tapp picked up the slack at defensive end. 

  • Kyle Van Noy got some playing time early in the game, but saw the field less as the game wore on. The Lions decided to go with Brandon Copeland more often when needing another linebacker in the game.
  • Despite recovering from a concussion, Glover Quin was the only defensive player to play 100 percent of the snaps. As a result, James Ihedigbo barely saw the field.