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Detroit Lions Week 3 snap counts: Kerryon Johnson, Trey Flowers on the rise

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The Lions are starting to rely more on their biggest playmakers.

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Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions’ Week 3 snap counts against the Philadelphia Eagles and some observations about them.

Offense:

Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford: 64 (100%)

Running backs

Kerryon Johnson: 48 (75%)
Nick Bawden: 19 (30%) — 19 special teams snaps (63%)
Ty Johnson: 13 (20%) — 8 (27%)
J.D. McKissic: 6 (9%) — 11 (37%)

Tight ends

T.J. Hockenson: 42 (66%)
Jesse James: 35 (55%) — 6 (20%)
Logan Thomas: 19 (30%) — 17 (57%)

Wide receivers

Marvin Jones Jr.: 53 (83%)
Kenny Golladay: 51 (80%)
Danny Amendola: 23 (36%) — 2 (7%)
Marvin Hall: 11 (17%)

Offensive tackles

Rick Wagner: 64 (100%) — 6 (20%)
Taylor Decker: 64 (100%)
Tyrell Crosby: 0 (0%) — 6 (20%)

Guards/centers

Frank Ragnow: 64 (100%) — 6 (20%)
Joe Dahl: 58 (91%) — 6 (20%)
Graham Glasgow: 50 (78%) — 6 (20%)
Kenny Wiggins: 20 (31%) — 6 (20%)

Observations:

  • With C.J. Anderson released last week, Kerryon Johnson came as close to a workhorse back as we’ve seen in Detroit. He had a career-high 20 carries, and his 75 percent participation rate is the second highest of his career.
  • Offensive line rotations are still happening at the guard positions, for some reason.
  • Curious usage of Marvin Hall. Many assumed that when he was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday that he’d play a role in the team’s struggling special teams units. Instead, he didn’t play a single ST snap and even got some time with the offense.
  • The Lions saw their tight end usage bump up significantly, using more 12 personnel than last week. As a result, Danny Amendola saw a pretty big drop in playing time (57% to 36%).

Defense:

Defensive end

Trey Flowers: 54 (71%)
Romeo Okwara: 51 (67%) — 4 (13%)

Defensive tackle

A’Shawn Robinson: 45 (59%) — 4 (13%)
Damon Harrison Sr.: 38 (50%) — 2 (7%)
Kevin Strong: 34 (45%) — 4 (13%)
Mike Daniels: 7 (9%) — 2 (7%)

Linebackers

Jarrad Davis: 67 (88%) — 4 (13%)
Devon Kennard: 66 (87%) — 4 (13%)
Christian Jones: 39 (51%) — 9 (30%)
Jahlani Tavai: 27 (36%) — 5 (17%)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 1 (1%) — 20 (67%)
Miles Killebrew: 0 (0%) — 20 (67%)

Cornerbacks

Rashaan Melvin: 75 (99%)
Justin Coleman: 73 (96%) — 14 (47%)
Darius Slay: 44 (58%)
Mike Ford: 31 (41%) — 13 (43%)
Dee Virgin: 0 (0%) — 24 (80%)
Jamal Agnew: 0 (0%) — 12 (40%)

Safety

Tracy Walker: 76 (100%)
Quandre Diggs: 75 (99%)
Will Harris: 24 (32%) — 19 (63%)
Tavon Wilson: 9 (12%) — 14 (47%)
C.J. Moore: 0 (0%) — 22 (73%)

Observations:

  • After playing just 60% in the opener and 58% last week, Trey Flowers is now up to a 71% participation rate, a clear sign he’s regaining his footing after offseason shoulder surgery.
  • No surprise that with Mike Daniels out of the game early, Kevin Strong saw a career-high in snaps. His 34 plays against the Eagles are more than he played in the first two weeks combined (33).
  • With Jarrad Davis back, the Lions cut down on the playing time for second-round pick Jahlani Tavai (69% to 36%), Jalen Reeves Maybin (49% to 1%), and Christian Jones (90% to 51%). Also cutting into their playing time was the fact that Detroit was often in nickel defense, choosing to play with just two linebackers for much of the day.
  • Will Harris is slowly starting to take over. He played in 17% in Week 1, 24% last week, and now 32%.

Special teams

Sam Martin: 18 (60%)
Don Muhlbach: 11 (37%)
Matt Prater: 6 (20%)