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Lions-Rams snap counts: Detroit eases in Ezekiel Ansah, Justin Forsett

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The Detroit Lions didn't rush Ansah or Forsett into the gameplan against the Rams.

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Here is a look at the official snap counts for the contest between the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Rams.

Offense:

QUARTERBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matthew Stafford 62 100%





RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Zach Zenner 48 77% 2 8%
Justin Forsett 12 19%





FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 15 24% 11 46%





WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Marvin Jones 56 90%

Anquan Boldin 53 85%

Golden Tate 50 81%

Andre Roberts 11 18% 7 29%




TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Clay Harbor 31 50% 5 21%
Khari Lee 19 31% 9 38%
Cole Wick 4 6%






OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Taylor Decker 62 100% 5 21%
Riley Reiff 62 100% 5 21%
Corey Robinson 11 18% 5 21%
Cornelius Lucas

5 21%
OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Travis Swanson 62 100%

Graham Glasgow 62 100% 5 21%
Laken Tomlinson 62 100% 5 21%
Joe Dahl

5 21%

Observations

  • Zach Zenner was your feature back on Sunday, while the Lions took it very easy with new running back Justin Forsett, who only had 12 snaps against the Rams.
  • Detroit didn't use the six linemen formations as much this week, as both tight ends Clay Harbor and Khari Lee saw a small jump in snaps. The Lions used Cornelius Lucas just 11 times against the Rans, as opposed to 19 times last week. 

  • Cornelius Lucas and Joe Dahl made their 2016 Lions debuts on Sunday, but solely on special teams. Interestingly, the Lions took Travis Swanson off of special teams completely, perhaps worried that he'd get injured. The Lions didn't really have a backup center available, since Graham Glasgow was already playing at guard. Of course, Swanson ended up getting injured anyways, because: Lions.

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Devin Taylor 38 66% 1 4%
Kerry Hyder 34 59% 3 12%
Ezekiel Ansah 32 55%

Anthony Zettel 20 34% 9 38%
Armonty Bryant 7 12% 1 4%
Brandon Copeland 1 2% 17 71%
DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Tyrunn Walker 32 55% 3 12%
Khyri Thornton 27 47% 2 8%
A'Shawn Robinson 24 41% 2 8%
Stefan Charles 22 38% 1 4%




LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Tahir Whitehead 58 100% 4 17%
Kyle Van Noy 49 84% 8 33%
Thurston Armbrister 23 40% 19 79%
Antwione Williams 1 2% 15 62%





CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Darius Slay 56 97% 4 17%
Nevin Lawson 39 67% 8 33%
Quandre Diggs 37 64% 8 33%
Johnson Bademosi 16 28% 16 67%





SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Glover Quin 58 100% 4 17%
Tavon Wilson 48 83% 2 8%
Rafael Bush 10 17% 8 33%
Miles Killebrew 6 10% 19 79%
Don Carey

15 62%

Observations

  • The Lions didn't push Ezekiel Ansah into too big of a role on Sunday, as Kerry Hyder was actually on the field more often than the Pro Bowl defensive end.
  • Anthony Zettel saw a small bump in play compared to last week against the Eagles and made the most of it. Zettel had four tackles on the day, more than any other defensive lineman.
  • As expected, Khyri Thornton and A'Shawn Robinson got more playing time with Haloti Ngata nursing a shoulder injury. Stefan Charles actually saw the biggest increase in play, going from inactive last week to a good 22 snaps against the Rams.
  • Interesting to see Johnson Bademosi continue to get a significant amount of playing time at cornerback.