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Lions Week 2 snap counts: Kerryon Johnson nearing starter status, Kerry Hyder gets big demotion

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It looks like the rookie running back is ready to take on a starting role.

NFL: Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the snap counts and some observations from the Detroit Lions’ Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Offense:

Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford: 77 (100%)

Running backs

Kerryon Johnson: 36 (47%)
Theo Riddick: 28 (36%)
LeGarrette Blount: 17 (22%)

Fullbacks

Nick Bellore: 6 (8%) — 23 (68%)

Tight ends

Luke Willson: 40 (52%) — 12 (35%)
Levine Toilolo: 22 (29%) — 5 (15%)
Michael Roberts: 7 (9%) — 7 (21%)

Wide receivers

Marvin Jones Jr.: 77 (100%)
Kenny Golladay: 71 (92%)
Golden Tate: 65 (84%)
TJ Jones: 16 (21%) — 11 special teams snaps (32%)

Offensive tackles

Taylor Decker: 77 (100%) — 5 (15%)
Rick Wagner: 77 (100%) — 5 (15%)

Guards/centers

Graham Glasgow: 77 (100%) — 5 (15%)
Frank Ragnow: 77 (100%) — 5 (15%)
Kenny Wiggins: 77 (100%) — 5 (15%)
Joe Dahl: 0 (0%) — 5 (15%)

Observations:

  • The Kerryon Johnson takeover has begun. While he didn’t get the start, he ended up with the most carries of any back. Obviously, this, in part, had to do with LeGarrette Blount’s ejection and Theo Riddick’s brief injury exit, but Johnson got into this game much earlier than previous weeks, so you have to think his first career start is not far behind.
  • Luke Willson saw a huge increase in playtime, moving from 20 percent participation last week to 52 percent this week. That makes sense considering Levine Toilolo’s struggles last week, but you’d still like to see more receiving production out of Willson.
  • Yay, 100 percent participation from the offensive line!

Defense:

Defensive end

Da’Shawn Hand: 38 (59%) — 6 (18%)
Romeo Okwara: 25 (39%) — 12 (35%)
Kerry Hyder: 10 (16%)

Defensive tackle

Sylvester Williams: 37 (58%) — 6 (18%)
Ricky Jean Francois: 35 (55%) — 6 (18%)
A’Shawn Robinson: 23 (36%) — 6 (18%)

Linebackers

Devon Kennard: 64 (100%) — 6 (18%)
Jarrad Davis: 64 (100%) — 5 (15%)
Christian Jones: 59 (92%) — 11 (32%)
Eli Harold: 25 (39%) — 12 (35%)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 3 (5%) — 21 (62%)
Marquis Flowers: 0 (0%) — 19 (56%)

Cornerbacks

Quandre Diggs: 64 (100%) — 9 (26%)
Teez Tabor: 50 (78%) — 15 (44%)
Darius Slay: 41 (64%) — 6 (18%)
Nevin Lawson: 37 (58%) — 15 (44%)
Jamal Agnew: 17 (27%) — 14 (41%)
Dee Virgin: 0 (0%) — 17 (50%)

Safety

Glover Quin: 64 (100%) — 6 (18%)
Tavon Wilson: 32 (50%) — 5 (15%)
Tracy Walker: 10 (16%) — 23 (68%)
Miles Killebrew: 0 (0%) — 24 (71%)
Charles Washington: 0 (0%) — 23 (68%)

Observations:

  • The first thing that pops out is how different the defensive tackle rotation was because A’Shawn Robinson was active. He allowed both Sylvester Williams and Rick Jean Francois to rest a bit. Both were over 75 percent participation last week, but were down closer to 50 this week. Of course, the on-field product wasn’t all that different.
  • Four (!!) different Lions players played in every snap: Quandre Diggs, Devon Kennard, Jarrad Davis, and... yep, Glover Quin was back to full participation after just 67 percent last week.
  • With Ezekiel Ansah out this week, you may have expected Kerry Hyder to see a big increase in snaps. Instead, you saw the exact opposite. After 75 percent of snaps played last week, he dropped to just 16 percent in Week 2. He must not have made a very good impression vs. the Jets.
  • Speaking of bad first impressions, Teez Tabor saw a ton of playing time in his first career start, but he was also benched during a significant portion of the game.

Special teams

Sam Martin: 15 (44%)
Don Muhlbach: 11 (32%)
Matt Prater: 6 (18%)