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Lions-Packers snap counts: Zach Zenner assumes workhorse back role

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Zach Zenner played in nearly every offensive snap against the Packers.

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a look at the official snap counts for the contest between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers.

Offense:

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





RUNNING BACK OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Zach Zenner 64 97% 4 14%
Dwayne Washington

14 50%
Joique Bell

6 21




WIDE RECEIVER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Golden Tate 62 94%

Marvin Jones 62 94%

Anquan Boldin 59 89%

Andre Roberts 7 11% 8 29%
TJ Jones 5 8% 8 29%
TIGHT END OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Eric Ebron 51 77%

Matthew Mulligan 20 30% 10 36%
Clay Harbor

19 68%





OFFENSIVE TACKLE OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Taylor Decker 66 100% 5 18%
Corey Robinson 51 77% 3 11%
Cornelius Lucas 15 23% 5 18%





OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER OFFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Larry Warford 66 100% 5 18%
Graham Glasgow 66 100% 5 18%
Laken Tomlinson 57 86% 5 18%
Joe Dahl 9 14% 10 36%

Observations

  • The Lions partially learned from last week, after puzzlingly diminishing Zach Zenner's role in the second half after his best first half against the Cowboys. This week, the Lions kept Zenner as the premier back for the entire game. No other backs even had a single offensive snap. Now about getting the ball in his hands in the final two quarters...

  • With Travis Swanson and Riley Reiff out, the Lions did some shuffling along the offensive line. Corey Robinson and Laken Tomlinson were the replacement starters on Sunday, but Joe Dahl and Cornelius Lucas saw some time with the offense, suggesting those two were--and continue to be--on short leashes.
  • The Lions must like what they're seeing out of Matthew Mulligan, because he's still pulling in nearly one-third of offensive snaps.

Defense:

DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Devin Taylor 56 75% 6 21%
Ezekiel Ansah 50 67%

Kerry Hyder 41 55%

Anthony Zettel 13 17% 10 36%
Brandon Copeland 5 7% 23 82%




DEFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Haloti Ngata 45 60% 4 14%
A'Shawn Robinson 40 53% 3 11%
Tyrunn Walker 30 40% 4 14%
Khyri Thornton 25 33% 1 4%




LINEBACKER DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Tahir Whitehead 75 100% 4 14%
DeAndre Levy 48 64%

Josh Bynes 24 32% 9 32%
Thurston Armbrister

19 68%





CORNERBACK DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Nevin Lawson 75 100% 8 29%
Darius Slay 69 92%

Asa Jackson 7 9% 3 11%
Crezdon Butler 5 7% 7 25%
Johnson Bademosi 1 1% 21 75%
SAFETY DEFENSIVE SNAPS PERCENTAGE SPECIAL TEAMS SNAPS PERCENTAGE
Glover Quin 75 100% 4 14%
Tavon Wilson 63 84% 5 18%
Don Carey 50 67% 8 29%
Rafael Bush 17 23% 9 32%
Miles Killebrew 12 16% 23 82%

Observations

  • The first thing that jumps out at me is the amount of snaps for the defense. They faced 75 defensive snaps all game (their highest total of the year) while the offense had just 66. That may not seem like much, but it's a huge difference. 

  • DeAndre Levy has finally assumed the second-most snaps among linebackers. Josh Bynes is officially on backup duties in nickel formation.

  • Speaking of nickel formation, the Lions' secondary was a mess when they needed a third cornerback out there. Asa Jackson suffered a serious injury early in the game, while Crezdon Butler, Johnson Bademosi and Don Carey all missed time due to injury. But for the time being, it looks like the Lions will use Carey as their primary slot corner.

  • Ezekiel Ansah and A'Shawn Robinson saw diminished roles this week, as the Lions went with a deeper rotation both at defensive tackle and defensive end.