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Lions-Washington snap counts: Detroit still being careful with Ezekiel Ansah

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The Detroit Lions are still easing in Ezekiel Ansah, and they don't mind throwing Kerry Hyder into the fire while they wait.

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Here's a look at the snap counts for the Detroit Lions in their Week 7 game against Washington.

Offense:

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





RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Zach Zenner 32 60% 3 14
Justin Forsett 16 30%





FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 9 17% 8 36%





WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Marvin Jones 49 92%

Golden Tate 44 83%

Anquan Boldin 42 79%

Andre Roberts 20 38% 5 23%




TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Clay Harbor 23 43% 3 14%
Khari Lee 19 36% 8 36%
Cole Wick 3 6% 2 9%





OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Taylor Decker 53 100% 5 23%
Riley Reiff 53 100% 5 23%
Cornelius Lucas 8 15% 5 23%





OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Travis Swanson 53 100% 5 23%
Graham Glasgow 53 100% 5 23%
Larry Warford 53 100% 5 23%
Laken Tomlinson

5 23%

Observations

  • Nothing too surprising on offense this week, although Justin Forsett cut into Zach Zenner's carries a bit in this game, especially in the second half. Forsett saw just 19 percent of snaps last week. That number bumped up to 30 against Washington.

  • The most significant change this week was starting Graham Glasgow at left guard over Laken Tomlinson. Last week Glasgow played the left, while Tomlinson played on the right. With Larry Warford's return, it was expected that Tomlinson would return to the right, but it appears he has been thoroughly benched in favor of the rookie from Michigan.

  • With Corey Robinson sidelined due to an injury, Cornelius Lucas took over in the sixth lineman role. Detroit didn't use that formation much this week, only notching eight snaps for Lucas.

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Kerry Hyder 52 71% 1 5%
Devin Taylor 48 66% 3 14%
Ezekiel Ansah 41 56%

Anthony Zettel 27 37% 4 18%
Armonty Bryant 24 33%

Brandon Copeland 8 11% 13 59%
DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
A'Shawn Robinson 26 36% 3 14%
Stefan Charles 26 36% 2 9%
Khyri Thornton 25 34% 4 18%
Tyrunn Walker 25 34% 3 14%




LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Tahir Whitehead 73 100% 4 18%
Kyle Van Noy 36 49% 17 77%
Antwione Williams 28 38% 13 59%
Thurston Armbrister

13 59%





CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Nevin Lawson 63 86% 9 41%
Quandre Diggs 52 71% 7 32%
Johnson Bademosi 51 70% 12 55%
Darius Slay 22 30%






SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Glover Quin 73 100% 4 18%
Tavon Wilson 51 70% 12 55%
Rafael Bush 40 55% 7 32%
Miles Killebrew 10 14% 13 59%
Don Carey 2 3% 17 77%

Observations

  • Kerry Hyder again took over snaps at defensive end, playing a huge 72 percent of defensive plays. Meanwhile, the Lions are still easing Ezekiel Ansah into the game. One has to assume he's not 100 percent yet.

  • Look at that even split among defensive tackles. All four linemen split snaps as evenly as humanly possible. I don't think anyone expected A'Shawn Robinson and Stefan Charles to come out of that group as the leading snap-getters this week.

  • At linebacker, Kyle Van Noy saw a huge chunk of his snaps get cut into, not by another linebacker, though. Instead, the Lions loaded up formations with extra defensive backs. Three safeties and three cornerbacks all played more than 50 percent of snaps this week.

  • With Darius Slay gone in the middle of the second quarter, Johnson Bademosi took over cornerback duties. Coincidentally, Bademosi had been seeing his influence on the defense rise in weeks leading up to this game, but his performance didn't exactly show it against Washington.