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Lions Week 17 snap counts: Young WRs, DBs get audition time vs. Packers

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The Lions committed a lot of time to some of their younger, developmental players.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the snap counts for the Detroit Lions’ Week 17 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Offense:

Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford: 73 (100%)

Running backs

Zach Zenner: 37 (51%) — 9 special teams snaps (38%)
Theo Riddick: 19 (26%)
LeGarrette Blount: 18 (25%)

Fullback

Nick Bellore: 22 (30%) — 16 (67%)

Tight ends

Levine Toilolo: 50 (68%) — 6 (25%)
Jerome Cunningham: 29 (40%) — 4 (17%)

Wide receivers

Andy Jones: 53 (73%) — 3 (12%)
Brandon Powell: 47 (64%) — 1 (4%)
TJ Jones: 42 (58%) — 8 (33%)
Chris Lacy: 35 (48%) — 10 (42%)

Offensive tackles

Rick Wagner: 73 (100%) — 6 (25%)
Taylor Decker: 73 (100%)
Tyrell Crosby: 8 (11%) — 6 (25%)
Andrew Donnal: 0 (0%) — 6 (25%)

Guards/centers

Frank Ragnow: 73 (100%) — 6 (25%)
Kenny Wiggins: 73 (100%) — 6 (25%)
Graham Glasgow: 73 (100%) — 6 (25%)
Joe Dahl: 5 (7%) — 6 (25%)

Observations:

  • With Kenny Golladay out, it was the young receivers’ time to shine. In his first career start, Brandon Powell saw a career-high 47 snaps and earned a career-high 107 receiving yards.
  • No Luke Willson meant that Levine Toilolo and Jerome Cunningham took on more of a role with the offense.
  • Joe Dahl and Tyrell Crosby split time as the sixth linemen in on certain packages. With Nick Bellore back as the full-time fullback, the Lions didn’t need to use either as much.

Defense:

Defensive end

Romeo Okwara: 47 (84%) — 1 (4%)
Kerry Hyder: 37 (66%) — 3 (12%)
Eric Lee: 9 (16%) — 3 (12%)

Defensive tackle

Ricky Jean Francois: 19 (34%) — 1 (4%)
Damon Harrison: 18 (32%)
John Atkins: 10 (18%)
A’Shawn Robinson: 15 (25%)

Linebackers

Jarrad Davis: 56 (100%) — 1 (4%)
Devon Kennard: 55 (98%) — 3 (12%)
Christian Jones: 29 (52%)
Eli Harold: 17 (30%) — 2 (8%)
Kelvin Sheppard: 0 (0%) — 16 (67%)
Trevor Bates: 0 (0%) — 15 (62%)

Cornerbacks

Darius Slay: 56 (100%) — 2 (8%)
Teez Tabor: 50 (89%) — 12 (50%)
Mike Ford: 50 (89%) — 12 (50%)
Marcus Cooper: 6 (11%) — 11 (46%)
Dee Virgin: 0 (0%) — 15 (62%)

Safety

Quandre Diggs: 56 (100%) — 3 (12%)
Tracy Walker: 35 (62%) — 11 (46%)
Tavon Wilson: 33 (59%) — 11 (46%)
Glover Quin: 32 (57%) — 6 (25%)
Miles Killebrew: 0 (0%) — 15 (62%)

Observations:

  • The first thing that jumps out is the positional distribution. The Lions were clearly focused on devoting as many resources to the secondary. Seven different defensive backs played more than 50 percent of the snaps, while that was true for just two players on the defensive line.
  • It was a quiet day from Damon Harrison, which makes sense considering the Packers ran just 13 times on Sunday—and four of those were quarterback runs.
  • Teez Tabor had an active day, playing the second-highest percentage of snaps in his career. It was a fairly quiet day from Tabor, which is always a good thing for an NFL cornerback.
  • At safety, both Tracy Walker and Tavon Wilson got more playing time than veteran Glover Quin. Despite the sharing of the wealth, Miles Killebrew was purely a special teams player. Killebrew went the entire season without playing a single defensive snap.

Special teams

Sam Martin: 16 (67%)
Don Muhlbach: 10 (42%)
Matt Prater: 6 (25%)