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Lions-Jets snap counts: Jamal Agnew, Jeremiah Ledbetter gain valuable experience

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While the Lions offensive starters got a lot of playing time, two defensive rookies took a lot of valuable reps.

New York Jets v Detroit Lions Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions gave their starters a longer look on Saturday against the New York Jets. Here’s a look at the entire snap distributions from Detroit’s second preseason game.

Offense:

Quarterbacks

Jake Rudock: 28 snaps (42%)
Brad Kaaya: 19 (29%)
Matthew Stafford: 19 (29%)

Running backs

Dwayne Washington: 17 (26%) — 3 special team snaps (10%)
Matt Asiata: 15 (23%) — 8 (28%)
Tion Green: 14 (21%) — 15 (52%)
Ameer Abdullah: 12 (18%)
Zach Zenner: 11 (17%) — 7 (24%)

Tight ends

Michael Roberts: 30 (45%) — 1 (3%)
Darren Fells: 18 (27%) — 2 (7%)
Robert Tonyan: 15 (23%) — 10 (34%)
Andrew Price: 1 (2%) — 5 (17%)

Wide receivers

Jared Abbrederis: 41 (62%) — 10 (34%)
Jace Billingsley: 28 (42%) — 7 (24%)
Kenny Golladay: 28 (42%)
Keshawn Martin: 23 (35%) — 3 (10%)
Michael Rector: 19 (29%) — 5 (17%)
Golden Tate: 19 (29%)
TJ Jones: 18 (27%) — 4 (14%)
Marvin Jones Jr.: 18 (27%)
Dez Stewart: 3 (5%) — 3 (10%)

Offensive tackles

Joe Dahl: 47 (71%) — 2 (7%)
Greg Robinson: 37 (56%) — 3 (10%)
Rick Wagner: 37 (56%) — 3 (10%)
Storm Norton: 29 (44%) — 1 (3%)
Cyrus Kouandjio: 21 (32%) — 3 (10%)
Nick Becton: 8 (12%) — 1 (3%)

Guards/centers

Graham Glasgow: 51 (77%) — 4 (14%)
Travis Swanson: 37 (56%) — 3 (10%)
Brandon Thomas: 29 (44%) — 1 (3%)
T.J. Lang: 18 (27%) — 2 (7%)
Leo Koloamatangi: 16 (24%) — 3 (10%)

Observations:

The Lions got a long look at their (potential) starting offensive line. Each starter played the entire first half, except TJ Lang, who was taken out a little early as they ease him back into the lineup. Graham Glasgow received some additional reps in the second half as a backup center.

Lang wasn’t the only person to make his Lions debut on Saturday. Leo Koloamatangi, Andrew Price and Dez Stewart also saw the field for the first time against the Jets. Unfortunately, those came at the price of several Lions missing the game.

Here’s a list of the offensive players that were out, possibly due to injury:

  • WR Noel Thomas
  • WR Dontez Ford
  • RB Theo Riddick
  • G Laken Tomlinson
  • TE Tim Wright
  • TE Eric Ebron
  • TE Khari Lee
  • TE Cole Wick.

For the second game in a row, Jared Abbrederis saw the most looks among the wide receivers, both on offense and special teams. Michael Roberts also saw the field a ton on Saturday and definitely helped his stock with plays like this:

Defense:

Defensive end

Alex Barrett: 27 (46%) — 6 (21%)
Anthony Zettel: 25 (42%) — 1 (3%)
Jeremiah Valoaga: 18 (31%) — 6 (21%)
Armonty Bryant: 15 (25%) — 1 (3%)
Pat O’Connor: 14 (24%) — 6 (21%)
Cornelius Washington: 12 (20%)
Giorgio Newberry: 7 (12%)

Defensive tackle

Jeremiah Ledbetter: 23 (39%) — 4 (14%)
Jordan Hill: 22 (37%) — 2 (7%)
Khyri Thornton: 21 (36%) — 1 (3%)
Akeem Spence: 19 (32%) — 1 (3%)
Ego Ferguson: 14 (24%) — 1 (3%)
A’Shawn Robinson: 12 (20%)
Haloti Ngata: 6 (10%)

Linebackers

Steve Longa: 25 (42%) — 14 (48%)
Antwione Williams: 25 (42%) — 9 (31%)
Paul Worrilow: 22 (37%) — 13 (45%)
Nick Bellore: 21 (36%) — 13 (45%)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 18 (31%) — 13 (45%)
Tahir Whitehead: 16 (27%)
Jarrad Davis: 16 (27%)

Cornerbacks

Jamal Agnew: 33 (56%) — 10 (34%)
Josh Thornton: 23 (39%) — 5 (17%)
Teez Tabor: 20 (34%) — 6 (21%)
Johnson Bademosi: 18 (31%) — 12 (41%)
DJ Hayden: 18 (31%) — 1 (3%)
Nevin Lawson: 16 (27%) — 4 (14%)
Quandre Diggs: 16 (27%) — 3 (10%)
Darius Slay: 9 (15%)
Tramain Jacobs: 7 (12%) — 3 (10%)
Adairius Barnes: 4 special teams snaps (14%)

Safety

Rolan Milligan: 28 (47%) — 12 (41%)
Charles Washington: 25 (42%) — 13 (45%)
Alex Carter: 25 (42%) — 11 (38%)
Miles Killebrew: 24 (41%) — 3 (10%)
Glover Quin: 9 (14%)

Observations

Saturday saw the first action from Cornelius Washington, Jordan Hill, Haloti Ngata, Armonty Bryant, Giorgio Newberry and Darius Slay. The Lions eased all of them in, but Washington made an impact on his limited snaps. (I wanted any excuse to post this GIF again)

Jamal Agnew, again, got a long look at cornerback and was tested often against the Jets. The results were up and down, but it’s important for the small-school rookie to get as many reps as possible during the preseason.

The defensive starters didn’t get as long of a look as the offensive starters. Part of that is probably because the defense forced three three-and-outs to start the game, and it’s hard to get defensive reps when you’re off the field in just three plays. That’s a good problem to have, though.

Elsewhere, it’s interesting to see Rolan Milligan and Charles Washington lead the way in snaps at safety. Washington has been receiving a little bit of buzz as a contender for one of the final roster spots, and to see him get as much playing time as Alex Carter shows that this position battle may be closer than expected.