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Lions-Bears snap counts: Golden Tate benched, Khari Lee takes over backup TE role

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The Detroit Lions tried to make some changes on offense, but nothing seemed to work.

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Here is a look at the official snap counts for the contest between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears.

Offense:

QUARTERBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matthew Stafford 63 100%





RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Theo Riddick 51 81%

Dwayne Washington 7 11% 4 17%
Zach Zenner 5 8% 16 70%




FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 4 6% 7 30%





WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Marvin Jones 61 97%

Anquan Boldin 54 86%

Golden Tate 36 57%

Andre Roberts 27 43% 8 35%




TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Eric Ebron 53 84%

Khari Lee 12 19% 2 9%
Cole Wick 3 5% 7 30%
Orson Charles

17 74%
OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Taylor Decker 63 100% 2 9%
Riley Reiff 63 100% 2 9%
Corey Robinson 2 3% 2 9%




OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Travis Swanson 63 100% 2 9%
Laken Tomlinson 63 100% 2 9%
Larry Warford 63 100% 2 9%
Graham Glasgow

6 26%

Observations

  • The big story here is the benching of Golden Tate. Tate usually sees somewhere near 90 percent of the offensive snaps, but after the miscommunication snafu that ended the first half, Tate didn't see the field much in the final two quarters. Jim Caldwell said that was always part of the plan against the Bears, but I don't buy it.
  • Interestingly, Khari Lee has taken over as the backup tight end. Lee is essentially playing the Brandon Pettigrew role right now as the primary blocking tight end, while Cole Wick is there to run routes when Ebron is sidelined. 
  • Four out of five offensive linemen have played every single offensive snap this year. The only player to have missed some time is Riley Reiff, who missed four snaps against the Titans with a minor injury. That kind of continuity should hopefully pay off down the line, should it continue.

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Devin Taylor 51 74% 4 17%
Kerry Hyder 50 72% 5 22%
Wallace Gilberry 32 46% 1 4%
Anthony Zettel 9 13% 3 13%
Brandon Copeland 7 10% 17 74%




DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Haloti Ngata 45 65% 1 4%
Tyrunn Walker 28 41% 2 9%
A'Shawn Robinson 22 32% 3 13%
Khyri Thornton 18 26% 2 9%
Stefan Charles 14 26% 2 9%




LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Tahir Whitehead 69 100% 4 17%
Kyle Van Noy 49 71% 9 39%
Antwione Williams 38 55% 4 17%
Thurston Armbrister

17 74%





CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Darius Slay 69 100% 4 17%
Nevin Lawson 69 100% 7 30%
Quandre Diggs 34 49% 8 35%
Johnson Bademosi

17 74%




SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Glover Quin 69 100% 4 17%
Rafael Bush 69 100% 5 22%
Miles Killebrew 13 19% 17 74%
Don Carey 4 6% 21 91%





Observations

  • With Tavon Wilson out for the game, Rafael Bush played in every single snap. The Lions did not decide to show the Bears different looks with Miles Killebrew occasionally in the game as the strong safety. Instead, Killebrew only saw the field when the Lions gave Chicago a three safety look.
  • The Detroit Lions don't really have much of a rotation going on defensive end. Limited without Ezekiel Ansah, the Lions essentially just went with three edge rushers. This could be one of the reasons why we're seeing limited pass rush from the ends. That's a lot of snaps for both Kerry Hyder and Devin Taylor. 
  • Antwione Williams jumped right back into a significant playing role on Sunday, while the Lions chose to delegate Thurston Armbrister to strictly special teams duties.