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Lions - Patriots Week 3 snap count observations: Lions DBs steal the show

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Detroit’s secondary stole the show and the snaps on Sunday night.

NFL: New England Patriots at Detroit Lions Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the snap counts for the Detroit Lions’ Week 3 win over the New England Patriots.

Offense:

Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford: 74 (100%)

Running backs

Kerryon Johnson: 33 (45%)
LeGarrette Blount: 26 (36%)
Theo Riddick: 21 (28%)

Fullbacks

Nick Bellore: 4 (5%) — 17 special teams snaps (68%)

Tight ends

Luke Willson: 40 (54%) — 9 (36%)
Levine Toilolo: 37 (50%) — 6 (24%)
Hakeem Valles: 6 (8%)

Wide receivers

Marvin Jones Jr.: 67 (91%)
Kenny Golladay: 65 (88%)
Golden Tate: 55 (74%)
TJ Jones: 13 (18%) — 1 (4%)

Offensive tackles

Taylor Decker: 74 (100%) — 6 (24%)
Rick Wagner: 74 (100%) — 6 (24%)

Guards/centers

Graham Glasgow: 74 (100%) — 6 (24%)
Frank Ragnow: 74 (100%) — 6 (24%)
T.J. Lang: 74 (100%) — 4 (16%)
Kenny Wiggins: 3 (4%) — 6 (24%)

Observations:

  • Kerryon Johnson continues to garner the most snaps among the running backs, but this time, it wasn’t due to an injury or ejection to Blount. He still isn’t considered the starter yet, but it’s only a matter of time.
  • Hakeem Valles took Michael Roberts’ place on the field this week, but didn’t do much of any work with the offense.
  • A very minor note: T.J. Lang didn’t play in all of the special teams snaps he would normally play in. That suggests he may not be 100 percent healthy from his back injury. Hopefully he didn’t reaggravate anything, but the fact that he played every offensive snap is enough to think he’ll be fine.

Defense:

Defensive end

Romeo Okwara: 40 (83%) — 1 (4%)
Da’Shawn Hand: 23 (48%) — 2 (8%)

Defensive tackle

A’Shawn Robinson: 20 (42%) — 4 (16%)
Sylvester Williams: 16 (33%) — 2 (8%)
Ricky Jean Francois: 15 (31%) — 2 (8%)

Linebackers

Devon Kennard: 48 (100%) — 2 (8%)
Jarrad Davis: 48 (100%) — 2 (8%)
Christian Jones: 24 (50%) — 7 (28%)
Eli Harold: 21 (44%) — 3 (12%)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 11 (23%) — 15 (60%)
Marquis Flowers: 0 (0%) — 12 (48%)

Cornerbacks

Quandre Diggs: 48 (100%) — 5 (20%)
Darius Slay: 48 (100%) — 6 (24%)
Nevin Lawson: 48 (100%) — 12 (48%)
Jamal Agnew: 22 (46%) — 9 (36%)
DeShawn Shead: 13 (27%) — 6 (24%)
Teez Tabor: 0 (0%) — 15 (60%)
Dee Virgin: 0 (0%) — 14 (56%)

Safety

Glover Quin: 48 (100%) — 2 (8%)
Tavon Wilson: 22 (46%) — 7 (28%)
Tracy Walker: 13 (27%) — 17 (68%)
Miles Killebrew: 0 (0%) — 17 (68%)
Charles Washington: 0 (0%) — 17 (68%)

Observations:

  • There’s a ton to digest here, but look at those defensive line numbers. Outside of Romeo Okwara (which... wow), everyone saw a pretty significant decrease in their roles Sunday night, especially the defensive tackles. Sylvester Williams and Ricky Jean Francois barely played, as the Lions elected to go very linebacker/defensive back heavy.
  • Speaking of the linebackers, the importance of Jarrad Davis and Devon Kennard to this team cannot be overstated. Both haven’t come off the field for a single snap in the past two weeks. Meanwhile with Ezekiel Ansah injured and Kerry Hyder a healthy scratch, Eli Harold saw a significant bump in playing time (along with Okwara).
  • The Lions secondary had a phenomenal game Sunday night, and part of it was likely due to the stability of the defensive backs. Four players never left the field: Quandre Diggs, Nevin Lawson, Darius Slay and Glover Quin.
  • Speaking of defensive backs the Lions utilized DeShawn Shead and Tracy Walker effectively, especially when it came to neutralizing Rob Gronkowski for most of the night.

Special teams

Sam Martin: 15 (60%)
Don Muhlbach: 8 (32%)
Matt Prater: 6 (24%)