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Lions-Patriots snap counts: Tavon Wilson, Theo Riddick return; Zach Zenner, Miles Killebrew sit

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Here’s a look at the snap distribution for the Lions’ third preseason game.

New England Patriots v Detroit Lions Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Here’s a look at the playing time for the Detroit Lions during Friday’s game against the New England Patriots.

Offense:

Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford: 37 snaps (54%)
Jake Rudock: 28 (41%)
Brad Kaaya: 4 (6%)

Running backs

Ameer Abdullah: 26 (38%)
Dwayne Washington: 22 (32%) — 9 special team snaps (27%)
Matt Asiata: 13 (19%) — 17 (52%)
Theo Riddick: 8 (12%)
Tion Green: 11 special team snaps (33%)

Tight ends

Darren Fells: 37 (54%) — 2 (6%)
Michael Roberts: 19 (28%) — 11 (33%)
Tim Wright: 7 (10%) — 8 (24%)
Cole Wick: 5 (7%)
Robert Tonyan: 4 (6%) — 5 (15%)
Scott Orndoff: 2 (3%)

Wide receivers

Marvin Jones Jr.: 37 (54%)
Golden Tate: 37 (54%)
Keshawn Martin: 32 (46%)
Kenny Golladay: 26 (38%)
Jace Billingsley: 22 (32%) — 7 (21%)
Jared Abbrederis: 21 (30%) -- 8 (24%)
Michael Rector: 14 (20%) — 1 (3%)

Offensive tackles

Joe Dahl: 41 (59%) — 7 (21%)
Rick Wagner: 37 (54%) — 2 (6%)
Greg Robinson: 37 (54%) — 2 (6%)
Storm Norton: 32 (46%) — 2 (6%)
Cornelius Lucas: 28 (41%) — 2 (6%)
Nick Becton: 4 (6%) — 2 (6%)

Guards/centers

Travis Swanson: 37 (54%) — 2 (6%)
Graham Glasgow: 37 (54%) — 2 (6%)
Laken Tomlinson: 28 (41%) — 2 (6%)
Brandon Thomas: 28 (41%) — 2 (6%)
T.J. Lang: 28 (41%) — 1 (3%)
Connor Bozick: 4 (6%)
Leo Koloamatangi: 4 (6%)

Observations:

The very first thing that stood out to me was just how much the Lions tried out Keshawn Martin on offense. If I’m being completely honest, I barely remember seeing the Lions wide receiver out there. He only had one target thrown his way and it was incomplete. Interestingly, Martin didn’t get a single special teams snap. I don’t necessarily think this means anything other than the Lions were simply giving their other returners some in-game reps.

It was obviously good to see Theo Riddick and Cornelius Lucas out there for the first time this preseason. The Lions were careful with Riddick, but gave Lucas a big chunk of playing time on Friday.

Zach Zenner sat out of the game after apparently suffering a minor injury during pregame warmups.

Defense:

Defensive end

Anthony Zettel: 31 (47%) — 2 (6%)
Cornelius Washington: 26 (39%) — 1 (3%)
Alex Barrett: 22 (33%) — 8 (24%)
Jeremiah Valoaga: 22 (33%) — 6 (18%)
Pat O’Connor: 13 (20%) — 5 (15%)
Armonty Bryant: 13 (20%) — 1 (3%)
Caushaun Lyons: 5 (8%) — 1 (3%)
Giorgio Newberry: 5 (8%) — 1 (3%)

Defensive tackle

Jeremiah Ledbetter: 26 (39%) — 4 (12%)
Haloti Ngata: 25 (38%) — 2 (6%)
A’Shawn Robinson: 24 (36%) — 3 (9%)
Akeem Spence: 19 (29%) — 2 (6%)
Khyri Thornton: 19 (29%) — 1 (3%)
Ego Ferguson: 15 (23%) — 1 (3%)
Jordan Hill: 3 (5%) — 2 (6%)

Linebackers

Jarrad Davis: 42 (64%) — 4 (12%)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 32 (48%) — 15 (45%)
Antwione Williams: 25 (38%) — 10 (30%)
Paul Worrilow: 16 (24%) — 14 (42%)
Tahir Whitehead: 16 (24%) — 3 (9%)
Nick Bellore: 15 (23%) — 12 (36%)
Steve Longa: 13 (20%) — 13 (39%)

Cornerbacks

Darius Slay: 40 (61%)
Nevin Lawson: 39 (59%) — 4 (12%)
Teez Tabor: 24 (36%) — 9 (27%)
Jamal Agnew: 20 (30%) — 14 (42%)
Josh Thornton: 23 (39%) — 5 (17%)
DJ Hayden: 19 (29%) — 4 (12%)
Quandre Diggs: 15 (23%) — 5 (15%)
Johnson Bademosi: 11 special teams snaps (33%)
Tramain Jacobs: 4 ST snaps (12%)
Josh Thornton: 1 ST snap (3%)

Safety

Tavon Wilson: 40 (61%) — 4 (12%)
Glover Quin: 40 (61%) — 4 (12%)
Charles Washington: 38 (58%) — 13 (39%)
Alex Carter: 21 (32%) — 12 (36%)
Rolan Milligan: 3 (5%) — 11 (33%)

Observations:

The Lions are clearly getting a very good look at their defensive rookies. For the second straight week, Jeremiah Ledbetter led all defensive tackles in snaps. Jarrad Davis and Jalen Reeves-Maybin led the way amongst linebackers. Teez Tabor was the next man up at corner after the starters were done.

I find it pretty odd that Jordan Hill, after a decent performance against the Jets, only saw three snaps on defense against the Patriots.

While Tavon Wilson got a huge chunk of playing time, his first for the preseason, Miles Killebrew was held out due to an undisclosed injury. In Killebrew’s place, Charles Washington stepped up and played for over half of the game. That’s probably not great news for Alex Carter, who is still in the midst of a transition from a cornerback.