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Detroit Lions Week 15 snap counts: No defensive snaps in Teez Tabor’s return

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Injuries forced some players into the lineup, but they didn’t make much of an impact.

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Here are the snap counts for the Detroit Lions’ Week 14 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Offense:

Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford: 57 (100%)

Running backs

Zach Zenner: 26 (46%) — 17 special teams snaps (71%)
Theo Riddick: 25 (44%)
LeGarrette Blount: 11 (19%)

Tight ends

Levine Toilolo: 40 (70%) — 12 (50%)
Luke Willson: 24 (42%) — 6 (25%)
Jerome Cunningham: 4 (7%) — 1 (4%)

Wide receivers

Kenny Golladay: 52 (91%)
Andy Jones: 45 (79%) — 11 (46%)
TJ Jones: 36 (63%) — 8 (33%)
Brandon Powell: 12 (21%) — 6 (25%)

Offensive tackles

Tyrell Crosby: 57 (100%) — 3 (12%)
Taylor Decker: 57 (100%)
Andrew Donnal: 0 (0%) — 3 (12%)

Guards/centers

Kenny Wiggins: 57 (100%) — 3 (12%)
Graham Glasgow: 57 (100%) — 3 (12%)
Frank Ragnow: 57 (100%) — 3 (12%)
Joe Dahl: 10 (18%) — 3 (12%)

Observations:

  • It’s safe to say that teams are keying in on LeGarrette Blount when he’s in the game. He only played 11 snaps, but he received seven carries and one receiving target. So he was the target in eight of his 11 snaps, and those eight plays resulted in a total of 9 yards. That’s nowhere near acceptable.
  • Zach Zenner, on the other hand, was the target on 13 of 26 snaps. Those 13 plays went for 45 yards.
  • Good to see the entire offensive line play an entire game together. Also of note: Taylor Decker was taken off special teams, likely because he came into the game nursing a shoulder injury.
  • Not much changes in the wide receiver snap distribution. Brandon Powell simply took over the slot receiver role for Detroit’s offense.

Defense:

Defensive end

Romeo Okwara: 66 (97%) — 4 (17%)
Kerry Hyder: 15 (22%) — 1 (4%)
Eric Lee: 2 (3%)

Defensive tackle

Damon Harrison: 52 (76%) — 2 (8%)
A’Shawn Robinson: 51 (75%) — 2 (8%)
Ricky Jean Francois: 29 (43%) — 2 (8%)

Linebackers

Jarrad Davis: 68 (100%) — 4 (17%)
Devon Kennard: 68 (100%) — 2 (8%)
Christian Jones: 60 (88%) — 3 (12%)
Eli Harold: 2 (3%) — 1 (4%)
Trevor Bates: 0 (0%) — 17 (71%)
Kelvin Sheppard: 0 (0%) — 15 (62%)
Nicholas Grigsby: 0 (0%) — 10 (42%)

Cornerbacks

Darius Slay: 68 (100%) — 2 (8%)
Nevin Lawson: 62 (91%) — 5 (21%)
Mike Ford: 47 (69%) — 7 (29%)
DeShawn Shead: 10 (15%) — 19 (79%)
Teez Tabor 0 (0%) — 10 (42%)

Safety

Quandre Diggs: 62 (91%) — 3 (12%)
Glover Quin: 53 (78%) — 7 (29%)
Tracy Walker: 23 (34%) — 10 (42%)
Tavon Wilson: 10 (15%) — 14 (58%)
Miles Killebrew: 0 (0%) — 19 (79%)

Observations:

  • With Ezekiel Ansah out and Devon Kennard back in the lineup, the Lions opted to go heavy against a run-first Bills offense. Both A’Shawn Robinson and Damon Harrison Sr. saw a significant bump in playing time. Ricky Jean Francois remained active on Sunday, too.
  • Kerry Hyder saw his most playing time since the Packers game, however he failed to make much of an impact (one tackle).
  • Injuries allowed Teez Tabor to return to the lineup, but Detroit had no interest in making him part of the defensive gameplan. Tabor had no defensive snaps, despite the fact that undrafted rookie Mike Ford struggled immensely.
  • Glover Quin reclaimed some of his snaps this week from Tracy Walker, though they both had a significant amount of playing time.

Special teams

Sam Martin: 13 (54%)
Don Muhlbach: 10 (42%)
Matt Prater: 3 (12%)