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Lions-Vikings snap counts: Lions 2016 draft class is taking over

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The Detroit Lions are continuing to get more out of their rookies.

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Here's a look at the snap counts for the Detroit Lions from their Week 8 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Offense:

QUARTERBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matthew Stafford 66 100%





RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Theo Riddick 46 70%

Dwayne Washington 21 32%

Zach Zenner

18 69%
FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 7 11% 8 31%





WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Marvin Jones 62 94%

Golden Tate 53 80%

Anquan Boldin 44 67%

Andre Roberts 20 30% 9 35%




TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Eric Ebron 52 79%

Matthew Mulligan 18 27% 9 35%
Clay Harbor 3 5% 8 31%





OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Taylor Decker 66 100% 4 15%
Corey Robinson 66 100% 4 15%
Cornelius Lucas 4 6% 4 15%





OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Travis Swanson 66 100% 4 15%
Graham Glasgow 66 100% 4 15%
Larry Warford 66 100% 4 15%
Laken Tomlinson

4 15%

Observations

  • The most notable change on offense was the swap at running back. Last week, Justin Forsett was active, but did not take a single offensive snap. This week, they pushed Dwayne Washington into the lineup. Washington only managed 26 yards on 10 carries, but 10 carries alone is significant for a guy that was a healthy scratch last week.

  • At tight end, newly-acquired Matthew Mulligan was immediately pushed into the Lions' role as a blocking tight end.  

  • A'Shawn Corey Robinson took over right tackle duties and played well enough to stay there the entire game. Considering where this team was at right tackle last year, that's an accomplishment worth mentioning.

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Ezekiel Ansah 43 63% 3 12%
Devin Taylor 41 59% 2 8%
Kerry Hyder 36 51% 1 4%
Anthony Zettel 28 40% 5 19%
Brandon Copeland 13 19% 18 69%





DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Haloti Ngata 44 63% 3 12%
A'Shawn Robinson 32 46% 2 8%
Khyri Thornton 28 40% 2 8%
Stefan Charles 17 24% 2 8%
Tyrunn Walker 16 23% 3 12%
LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Tahir Whitehead 70 100% 4 15%
Josh Bynes 45 64% 9 35%
Antwione Williams 18 26% 18 69%
Thurston Armbrister

22 85%





CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Nevin Lawson 63 90% 8 31%
Johnson Bademosi 54 77% 11 42%
Quandre Diggs 41 59% 8 31%
Adairius Barnes 14 20% 4 15%





SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Glover Quin 70 100% 4 15%
Tavon Wilson 55 79% 5 19%
Rafael Bush 31 44% 8 31%
Miles Killebrew 11 16% 18 69%
Don Carey

22 85%

Observations

  • Kerry Hyder continues to do more with less. Hyder had two huge sacks and added an additional tackle, despite playing just over half of the defensive snaps. With Armonty Bryant suspended, it was rookie Anthony Zettel that took over the extra snaps.

  • Huge changes at defensive tackle. With Haloti Ngata's return, it was surprisingly Tyrunn Walker whose snaps took a huge decline. Walker responded nicely with a blocked field goal and a batted pass. Also interesting: after Jim Caldwell praised Stefan Charles for his game against the Texans, he saw the field much less often against the Vikings.

  • Just take a moment to look at the rookies and their playing time on Sunday. Antwione Williams, A'Shawn Robinson, Anthony Zettel and Miles Killebrew have all seen a slow increase in snaps. Combine that with Dwayne Washington, Graham Glasgow and Taylor Decker on offense, and suddenly you have seven of 10 draft picks playing at least 15 percent of snaps. No one expected that out of this draft class. No one.