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Lions-Saints snap counts: Miles Killebrew, TJ Jones see heavy bulk of playing time

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A look at the snap distribution for the Detroit Lions against the New Orleans Saints.

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Below, you can find the snap count totals for the Detroit Lions' Week 13 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Offense:

QUARTERBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Matthew Stafford 70 100%
RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Theo Riddick 33 47%
Dwayne Washington 23 33%
Zach Zenner 14 20% 16 62%
FULLBACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Michael Burton 1 1% 3 12%
WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Golden Tate 60 86%
Anquan Boldin 58 83%
Andre Roberts 53 76%
TJ Jones 23 33% 9 35%
TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Eric Ebron 54 77%
Matthew Mulligan 30 43% 9 35%
Clay Harbor 1 1% 14 54%
OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Taylor Decker 70 100% 6 23%
Riley Reiff 70 100% 6 23%
Corey Robinson

6 23%
OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Travis Swanson 70 100% 6 23%
Graham Glasgow 70 100% 6 23%
Larry Warford 69 99% 6 23%
Laken Tomlinson 1 1% 6 23%


Observations:

  • First off, it's important to note just how many snaps the Lions offense took. 70 offensive snaps was the Lions' second highest total all year, and it was a big reason Detroit held the Saints to 13 points. New Orleans' offense was on the field for nine less snaps.
  • Dwayne Washington was the surprise recipient of the bulk of running back snaps before leaving with an injury. Had he not been injured, he may have had more snaps that Theo Riddick.

  • The Lions clearly didn't change their personnel in Marvin Jones' absence, going three-wide the majority of the time. What is surprising, however, was the amount of playing time TJ Jones got. Andre Roberts was averaging about 10-15 snaps as the team's fourth wide receiver. Jones, in the same role, saw 23 snaps.

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Ezekiel Ansah 45 74%
Kerry Hyder 41 67% 1 4%
Armonty Bryant 27 44%
Devin Taylor 23 38% 1 4%
Anthony Zettel 11 18% 4 15%
Brandon Copeland 7 11% 17 65%
DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Haloti Ngata 41 67% 4 15%
Tyrunn Walker 17 28% 2 8%
Stefan Charles 14 23% 1 4%
A'Shawn Robinson 13 21% 2 8%
LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Josh Bynes 60 98% 6 23%
Antwione Williams 34 56% 11 42%
Thurston Armbrister 4 7% 20 77%
CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Darius Slay 60 98% 7 27%
Nevin Lawson 57 93% 12 46%
Quandre Diggs 18 30% 7 27%
Adairius Barnes 12 20% 13 50%
Johnson Bademosi 16 62%
SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Glover Quin 61 100% 4 15%
Tavon Wilson 50 82% 2 8%
Rafael Bush 41 67% 3 12%
Miles Killebrew 21 34% 19 73%

Observations:

  • With no Tahir Whitehead available, the Lions defense made a few major adjustments. Most notably was their completely lack of linebackers on the field. Though Bynes was in for virtually the entire game, the Lions went with just one single linebacker over 30 percent of the time. 

  • Instead, the Lions went heavy on the secondary, which should be expected against a team like the Saints. Both Rafael Bush and Miles Killebrew saw a huge bump in their playing time, and the safeties stepped up with the entire unit notching three picks on the day.

  • Ansah continues to see an increase in snaps, suggesting that his ankle continues to get healthier, even if his play doesn't show it.

  • Along the defensive line, it's a bit interesting to see how heavy on the defensive ends the Lions went. Ends saw 154 defensive snaps, while tackles only saw the field for 85. Part of the reasoning here is Kerry Hyder tends to play both positions and Copeland played some linebacker, but Detroit was clearly attacking the edges of the Saints defensive line, especially with starting left tackle Terron Armstead out.