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Detroit Lions Week 12 snap counts: 7 rookies see significant playing time in Washington

Over 20 percent of the Lions’ contributors on Sunday were rookies.

Detroit Lions v Washington Redskins Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Let’s take a closer look at the Detroit Lions’ Week 12 game by dissecting the snap counts against Washington.

Offense:

Quarterbacks

Jeff Driskel: 75 (100%)

Running backs

Bo Scarbrough: 38 (61%)
Ty Johnson: 37 (36%) — 17 special team snaps (55%)
J.D. McKissic: 11 (15%) — 6 (19%)
Isaac Nauta (FB): 10 (13%) — 21 (68%)

Tight ends

T.J. Hockenson: 33 (44%)
Jesse James: 32 (43%) — 11 (35%)
Logan Thomas: 28 (37%) — 15 (48%)

Wide receivers

Kenny Golladay: 68 (91%)
Marvin Jones Jr.: 67 (89%)
Danny Amendola: 46 (61%)— 3 (10%)
Marvin Hall: 10 (13%) — 3 (10%)

Offensive tackles

Taylor Decker: 75 (100%) — 5 (16%)
Rick Wagner: 75 (100%)
Tyrell Crosby: 5 (7%) — 5 (16%)

Guards/centers

Graham Glasgow: 75 (100%) — 5 (16%)
Joe Dahl: 74 (99%) — 5 (16%)
Kenny Wiggins: 68 (91%) — 10 (32%)
Oday Aboushi: 8 (11%) — 5 (16%)

Observations:

  • Even shorthanded on the offensive line, Detroit utilized their guard rotation. This time, Oday Aboushi got a drive or two as a temporary replacement for right guard Kenny Wiggins. He also took a single snap for Joe Dahl at left guard. For the first time all year, Graham Glasgow played in 100 percent of the snaps, but simply because it was his first start at center in 2019.
  • Not sure if it was because of injury or level of play, but T.J. Hockenson saw his playing time dip a little this week. In fact, all three tight ends played comparable snaps, with only five plays separating Hockenson from Logan Thomas.
  • Isaac Nauta’s first NFL action featured a small workload at fullback, as expected.

Defense:

Defensive end

Romeo Okwara: 56 (93%) — 5 (16%)
Austin Bryant: 16 (27%)

Defensive tackle

A’Shawn Robinson: 43 (72%) — 5 (16%)
Damon Harrison Sr.: 38 (63%)
John Atkins: 25 (42%)
Mike Daniels: 9 (15%) — 5 (16%)

Linebackers

Devon Kennard: 55 (92%) — 5 (16%)
Jarrad Davis: 51 (85%) — 5 (16%)
Christian Jones: 30 (50%) — 9 (29%)
Jahlani Tavai: 29 (48%)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 0 (0%) — 21 (68%)
Steve Longa: 0 (0%) — 21 (68%)

Cornerbacks

Darius Slay: 60 (100%)
Justin Coleman: 60 (100%) — 4 (13%)
Amani Oruwariye: 45 (75%) — 11 (35%)
Dee Virgin: 0 (0%) — 26 (84%)
Mike Ford: 0 (0%) — 23 (74%)
Michael Jackson: 0 (0%) — 2 (6%)

Safety

Tavon Wilson: 60 (100%) — 4 (13%)
Will Harris: 60 (100%) — 10 (32%)
Miles Killebrew: 16 (27%) — 26 (84%)
C.J. Moore: 7 (12%) — 20 (65%)

Observations:

  • In addition to Nauta, Ty Johnson and T.J. Hockenson on offense, Austin Bryant, Jahlani Tavai, Amani Oruwariye and Will Harris all saw significant playing time. That means seven of the Lions’ nine players in their 2019 draft class are now contributors on the team. Throw in C.J. Moore and Mike Jackson and that makes nine rookies playing out of 44 Lions that logged a snap—or 20.5 percent.
  • Oruwariye technically didn’t get the start (his first play was on the second defensive snap), but he did play like a starter, earning 75 percent of the defensive snaps. That being said, Detroit’s true starters in the secondary all stayed on the field for every single play.
  • Perhaps the strangest snap count number is Mike Daniels at just nine snaps. Though Daniels has been fighting through injury, he was not listed on the injury report this week. Given his talent as an interior pass rush, his exclusion is downright baffling. The Lions defense even got themselves into a lot of obvious passing downs, too. The Lions are paying him way too much to be sitting out for 85 percent of the game.
  • Unsurprisingly, Romeo Okwara took a huge chunk of snaps in Trey Flowers’ absence.

Special teams

Matt Prater: 10 (32%)
Don Muhlbach: 9 (29%)
Sam Martin: 9 (29%)