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Lions-Jets Week 1 snap counts highlight team’s 2nd-round pick failures

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Detroit has a serious problem drafting in the second round.

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Here are the snap counts and some observations from the Detroit Lions’ Week 1 game against the New York Jets

Offense:

Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford: 63 (90%)
Matt Cassel: 7 (10%)

Running backs

Theo Riddick: 41 (59%)
Kerryon Johnson: 16 (23%)
LeGarrette Blount: 13 (19%)

Fullbacks

Nick Bellore: 6 (9%) — 18 (56%)

Tight ends

Levine Toilolo: 20 (29%) — 5 (16%)
Hakeem Valles: 18 (26%)
Luke Willson: 14 (20%) — 14 (44%)
Michael Roberts: 14 (20%) — 9 (28%)

Wide receivers

Kenny Golladay: 65 (93%)
Marvin Jones Jr.: 62 (89%)
Golden Tate: 57 (81%)
TJ Jones: 17 (24%)
Bradley Marquez: 7 (10%)— 18 (56%)

Offensive tackles

Taylor Decker: 70 (100%) — 5 (16%)
Rick Wagner: 70 (100%) — 5 (16%)

Guards/centers

Graham Glasgow: 70 (100%) — 5 (16%)
Frank Ragnow: 70 (100%) — 5 (16%)
T.J. Lang: 69 (99%) — 5 (16%)
Kenny Wiggins: 1 (1%) — 5 (16%)

Observations:

  • The Lions are clearly taking the slow and steady approach with second-round pick Kerryon Johnson. He only played 16 total snaps, and it may have been even less had starter LeGarrette Blount not gotten benched/hurt. Blount did go down with an injury, but the team later said they didn’t have an injury to report for Blount. Based on my own observations, it looked like they were subbing in Johnson immediately, before they realized Blount was even hurt. On the play he was injured, Blount fumbled the ball—though officials rules his forward progress stopped. All of this is to say that I think Blount was simply benched, not injured, and it may mean more Johnson going forward.
  • Good to see the offensive line finally play an entire game togeth—oh hell...
  • Expectations were low for tight end Luke Willson after an underwhelming training camp. Apparently the coaches saw the same thing, as Willson played in just 14 snaps, the lowest of all four tight ends—tied with Michael Roberts, who has been just as big of a disappointment.

Defense:

Defensive end

Kerry Hyder: 45 (75%) — 7 (22%)
Da’Shawn Hand: 32 (53%) — 8 (25%)
Ezekiel Ansah: 19 (32%) — 2 (6%)P

Defensive tackle

Ricky Jean Francois: 47 (78%) — 9 (28%)
Sylvester Williams: 46 (77%) — 9 (28%)

Linebackers

Jarrad Davis: 58 (97%) — 9 (28%)
Devon Kennard: 58 (97%) — 9 (28%)
Christian Jones: 27 (45%) — 12 (38%)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 26 (43%) — 18 (56%)
Marquis Flowers: 12 (20%) — 15 (47%)
Eli Harold: 9 (15%) — 3 (9%)

Cornerbacks

Quandre Diggs: 58 (97%) — 6 (19%)
Nevin Lawson: 56 (93%) — 13 (41%)
Darius Slay: 54 (90%) — 10 (31%)
Jamal Agnew: 23 (38%) — 17 (53%)
Teez Tabor: 2 (3%) — 15 (47%)

Safety

Tavon Wilson: 47 (78%) — 5 (16%)
Glover Quin: 40 (67%) — 8 (25%)
Tracy Walker: 1 (2%) — 18 (56%)
Miles Killebrew: 0 (0%) — 22 (69%)
Charles Washington: 0 (0%) — 18 (56%)

Observations:

  • Let’s check in on the Lions’ recent second-round picks...
  • In the past two years, Glover Quin has played 100 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in 67 of 80 games. Either his age is catching up with him or he’ll have a decreased role due to Quandre Diggs’ emergence, but either way he just played 67 percent of snaps on Monday.
  • After scratching A’Shawn, the Lions leaned heavily on their two veteran defensive tackles. Williams (age 29) and Francois (31) both played over 75 percent of snaps. I can’t imagine their bodies can withhold that kind of workload for an entire season.
  • After Ziggy went down early, we mostly saw Kerry Hyder on the right edge. Not exactly a great situation for this defense to be in considering Hyder is coming off a torn Achilles.

Special teams

Sam Martin: 12 (38%)
Don Muhlbach: 8 (25%)
Matt Prater: 5 (16%)