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Lions vs. Raiders snap count observations: Detroit gives Kerryon Johnson a long look

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Here’s a detailed breakdown of the Lions’ snap distribution.

Detroit Lions v Oakland Raiders Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions’ snap counts from their preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders.

Offense:

Quarterbacks

Matt Cassel: 36 (51%)
Jake Rudock: 35 (49%)

Running backs

Kerryon Johnson: 40 (56%) — 3 special teams snaps (12%)
Ameer Abdullah: 14 (20%) — 4 (16%)
Zach Zenner: 9 (13%) — 8 (32%)
LeGarrette Blount: 9 (13%)

Fullbacks

Nick Bellore: 5 (7%) — 11 (44%)

Tight ends

Michael Roberts: 25 (35%) — 1 (4%)
Hakeem Valles: 15 (21%) — 4 (16%)
Marcus Lucas: 14 (20%) — 4 (16%)
Levine Toilolo: 12 (17%) — 1 (4%)
Luke Willson: 11 (15%) — 1 (4%)
Sean McGrath: 4 (6%) — 3 (12%)

Wide receivers

Brandon Powell: 30 (42%) — 5 (20%)
Dontez Ford: 29 (41%)
Teo Redding: 25 (35%) — 2 (8%)
TJ Jones: 22 (31%) — 5 (20%)
Bradley Marquez: 20 (28%) — 9 (36%)
Jace Billingsley: 19 (27%) — 4 (16%)
Chris Lacy: 17 (24%) — 4 (16%)
Kenny Golladay: 11 (15%)
Brian Brown: 10 (14%)
Marvin Jones Jr.: 10 (14%)
Golden Tate: 4 (6%)

Offensive tackles

Tyrell Crosby: 49 (69%) — 2 (8%)
Dan Skipper: 35 (49%) — 1 (4%)
Corey Robinson: 33 (46%) — 1 (4%)
Brian Mihalik: 18 (25%) — 2 (8%)
Rick Wagner: 12 (17%)
Jamar McGloster: 10 (14%)
Taylor Decker: 3 (4%)

Guards/centers

Wesley Johnson: 41 (58%) — 2 (8%)
Leo Koloamatangi: 39 (55%) — 1 (4%)
Kenny Wiggins: 35 (49%) — 1 (4%)
Joe Dahl: 32 (45%) — 1 (4%)
Frank Ragnow: 26 (37%) — 1 (4%)
Graham Glasgow: 12 (17%)
John Montelus: 10 (14%)

Observations:

  • After the game, Matt Patricia said he wanted to get an even look at Matt Cassel and Jake Rudock, and he was not kidding. Only one snap separated the two.
  • If you’re wondering what Dwayne Washington’s chances are to make the roster, note that I did not forget about him. He did not play a single snap on Friday.
  • I said in my pregame piece that you should expect to see a lot of Kerryon Johnson and, boy, was I right. He got some play in the first half and played all the way until the final whistle. Theo Riddick, on the other hand, did not play. He had a day off of practice this week, so he may be fighting through an injury.
  • The starters on the offensive line barely played—and Taylor Decker played even less than the rest of the starters, but Detroit got an extended look at first-round pick Frank Ragnow.
  • So much for the Return of the Fullback.

Defense:

Defensive end

Alex Barrett: 31 (48%) — 5 (20%)
Anthony Zettel: 30 (47%) — 3 (12%)
Da’Shawn Hand: 29 (45%) — 3 (12%)
Jeremiah Valoaga: 22 (34%) — 1 (4%)
Kerry Hyder: 14 (22%)
Cornelius Washington: 13 (20%) — 1 (4%)

Defensive tackle

A’Shawn Robinson: 30 (47%) — 3 (12%)
Christian Ringo: 26 (41%) — 1 (4%)
Jeremiah Ledbetter: 14 (22%) — 1 (4%)
Sylvester Williams: 12 (19%) — 1 (4%)
Toby Johnson: 11 (17%) — 1 (4%)
Josh Fatu: 6 (9%)
JoJo Wicker: 3 (5%)

Linebackers

Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 28 (44%) — 10 (40%)
Freddie Bishop: 26 (41%) — 6 (24%)
Trevor Bates: 21 (33%) — 10 (40%)
Jonathan Freeny: 17 (27%) — 13 (52%)
Steve Longa: 16 (25%) — 10 (40%)
Christian Jones: 16 (25%) — 3 (12%)
Jarrad Davis: 12 (19%) — 1 (4%)
Devon Kennard: 12 (19%) — 1 (4%)
Miles Killebrew: 7 (11%) — 15 (60%)
Darnell Sankey: 6 (9%) — 8 (32%)

Cornerbacks

DeShawn Shead: 49 (77%) — 14 (56%)
Teez Tabor: 34 (53%) — 9 (36%)
Jamal Agnew: 26 (41%) — 6 (24%)
Chris Jones: 24 (38%) — 4 (16%)
Mike Ford: 17 (27%) — 7 (28%)
Darius Slay: 12 (19%) — 1 (4%)
Quandre Diggs: 12 (19%) — 1 (4%)
Antwuan Davis: 5 (8%)
Josh Okonye: 0 (0%) — 2 (8%)

Safety

Rolan Milligan: 52 (81%) — 9 (36%)
Charles Washington: 28 (44%) — 11 (44%)
Tracy Walker: 24 (38%) — 9 (36%)
Glover Quin: 12 (19%) — 1 (4%)
Tavon Wilson: 7 (11%)

Observations:

  • It’s a pretty big surprise to see A’Shawn Robinson out there for as long as he was. It may have been an even bigger surprise how ineffective he looked.
  • With Nevin Lawson out, Teez Tabor and DeShawn Shead led cornerbacks in snaps. Both got a fair amount of special teams play, as well.
  • If you needed any further evidence that Miles Killebrew is on the roster bubble, seven total defensive snaps is not exactly promising for the third-year player.
  • Rolan Milligan played lot. Like, a lot a lot.

Special teams

Don Muhlbach: 9 (36%)
Sam Martin: 8 (32%)
Ryan Santoso: 5 (20%)
Matt Prater: 1 (4%)

Observations:

  • Matt Prater pretty much took the day off, kicking the Lions’ only extra point
  • Santoso basically split duties between punting and kicking and looked fairly good at both of them.