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Lions-Packers snap counts: Golden Tate makes most of limited snaps

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Golden Tate didn’t see the field all that much on Monday, but when he did, he made his presence felt.

Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions’ snap counts from their Week 9 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Offense:

Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford: 68 snaps (100%)

Running backs

Ameer Abdullah: 33 (49%)
Theo Riddick: 25 (37%)
Dwayne Washington: 11 (16%) — 13 special teams snaps (57%)
Jamal Agnew: 3 (4%)

Tight ends

Darren Fells: 43 (63%) — 9 (39%)
Eric Ebron: 35 (51%)
Michael Roberts: 21 (31%) — 7 (30%)

Wide receivers

Marvin Jones Jr.: 65 (96%)
TJ Jones: 50 (74%) — 1 (4%)
Golden Tate: 35 (51%)
Jared Abbrederis: 18 (26%) — 5 (22%)
Jace Billingsley: 0 (0%) — 7 (30%)

Offensive tackles

Rick Wagner: 68 (100%) — 7 (30%)
Brian Mihalik: 62 (91%) — 7 (30%)
Emmett Cleary: 6 (9%) — 8 (35%)

Guards/centers

Travis Swanson: 68 (100%) — 7 (30%)
Graham Glasgow: 68 (100%) — 7 (30%)
T.J. Lang: 68 (100%) — 7 (30%)

Observations:

  • Ameer Abdullah was on pace to grab the highest percentage of snaps all season, but (presumably) because of his fumbles, most of his playing time in the final quarter of the game was split between Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington
  • Golden Tate saw his lowest percentage of snaps all year on Monday, including the Saints game in which he was injured. That seems surprising considering Tate led the team in receptions (7) and receiving yards (113). It appears the Lions are still taking things slow with his shoulder recovery
  • In his place, TJ Jones and Jared Abbrederis both saw a significant increase in playing time.

Defense:

Defensive end

Anthony Zettel: 38 (64%) — 1 (4%)
Ezekiel Ansah: 38 (64%) — 1 (4%)
Jacquies Smith: 29 (49%)
Cornelius Washington: 24 (41%) — 3 (13%)

Defensive tackle

A’Shawn Robinson: 35 (59%) — 4 (17%)
Akeem Spence: 33 (56%) -- 1 (4%)
Jeremiah Ledbetter: 21 (36%) — 5 (22%)
Khyri Thornton: 18 (31%) — 3 (13%)

Linebackers

Jarrad Davis: 59 (100%) — 4 (17%)
Tahir Whitehead: 35 (59%) — 4 (17%)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 9 (15%) — 12 (52%)
Nick Bellore: 0 (0%) — 15 (65%)
Paul Worrilow: 0 (0%) — 12 (52%)

Cornerbacks

Darius Slay: 56 (95%) — 3 (13%)
Quandre Diggs: 50 (85%) — 4 (17%)
Nevin Lawson: 32 (54%) — 11 (48%)
DJ Hayden: 30 (51%) — 6 (26%)
Teez Tabor: 11 (19%) — 8 (35%)
Jamal Agnew: 0 (0%) — 13 (57%)

Safety

Glover Quin: 59 (100%) — 4 (17%)
Tavon Wilson: 47 (80%) — 1 (4%)
Miles Killebrew: 18 (31%) — 16 (70%)
Charles Washington: 7 (12%) — 12 (52%)

Observations:

  • The Lions had a much more even rotation along their defensive line this week. Against the Steelers, guys like Ezekiel Ansah and A’Shawn Robinson were pulling in well over 70 percent of snaps. Those numbers fell at least 10 percent per person against the Packers.
  • Detroit went HEAVY on cornerbacks in this game. Four different corners played in at least 50 percent of snaps, while Detroit almost never went with three linebackers on the field.
  • Teez Tabor saw some significant playing time, especially early in the game. Heading into Monday night, Teez had only played three defensive snaps in his rookie year.