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Detroit Lions Week 6 snap counts: D’Andre Swift makes most of increased opportunities

A look at the participation rates for the Lions during Week 6.

Detroit Lions v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions’ Week 6 snap counts against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Offense

Quarterbacks:

Matthew Stafford: 77 (100%)

Running backs:

D’Andre Swift: 29 (38%) — 3 special teams snaps (12%)
Adrian Peterson: 27 (35%)
Jason Cabinda: 20 (26%) — 14 (54%)
Kerryon Johnson: 11 (22%) — 1 (4%)

Tight ends:

T.J. Hockenson: 46 (60%) — 1 (4%)
Jesse James: 42 (55%) — 11 (42%)
Isaac Nauta: 11 (23%)

Wide receivers:

Marvin Jones Jr.: 62 (81%) — 1 (4%)
Kenny Golladay: 57 (74%) — 1 (4%)
Danny Amendola: 27 (35%)
Jamal Agnew: 19 (25%) — 15 (58%)
Marvin Hall: 17 (22%)

Offensive tackles:

Taylor Decker: 77 (100%) — 5 (19%)
Matt Nelson: 46 (60%) — 8 (31%)
Tyrell Crosby: 25 (32%) — 3 (12%)

Guards/centers

Frank Ragnow: 77 (100%)
Jonah Jackson: 59 (77%) — 8 (31%)
Oday Aboushi: 46 (60%) — 8 (31%)
Joe Dahl: 34 (44%) — 6 (23%)
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: 25 (32%) — 3 (12%)

Observations:

  • D’Andre Swift’s playing time actually didn’t increase all that much in this game. He’s been regularly seeing between 33 and 40 percent of snaps per game (outside of the outlier Cardinals game). However, his touches jumped from an average of 6.25 in the first four games to 17 on Sunday. He obviously made the most of those touches, becoming just the second Lions running back to rush for 100+ yards since 2013.
  • The Lions clearly came into this game thinking they were going to run the ball 30+ times (and they did). This explains keeping Isaac Nauta active for the first time while making rookie receiver Quintez Cephus inactive. It also accounts for the low snap count for Danny Amendola, as the Lions played a lot more two tight end sets. Likewise, fullback Jason Cabinda set a season high with 20 snaps.
  • Is the guard rotation back? It’s hard to say definitively, as Detroit may have been easing Joe Dahl back, and the hydration issues at right tackle likely played a factor in Detroit’s offensive line use. But what’s the deal with benching Jonah Jackson for a series or two? And given how Joe Dahl was playing prior to his injury, how do you justify giving more snaps to Oday Aboushi?

Predictably, Patricia was pretty vague about the reasoning:

“There are guys that we like and want out there,” Patricia said. “I am thankful that we did roll everybody through. We played eight offensive linemen today and it was great for everyone to get out there and play.”

  • Shout out to converted defensive lineman Matt Nelson. He likely didn’t expect to play at all in this game, yet he helped the Lions offensive line pitch a sack shutout with 60 percent playing time.

Defense:

Defensive end:

Romeo Okwara: 48 (75%) — 13 (50%)
Trey Flowers: 46 (72%)

Defensive tackle:

Nick Williams: 33 (52%) — 3 (12%)
Danny Shelton: 32 (50%) — 3 (12%)
Da’Shawn Hand: 32 (50%) — 3 (12%)
John Penisini: 21 (33%)

Linebackers:

Jamie Collins Sr.: 59 (92%) — 1 (4%)
Reggie Ragland: 37 (58%) — 2 (8%)
Jahlani Tavai: 24 (38%) — 5 (19%)
Christian Jones: 22 (34%) — 6 (23%)
Jarrad Davis: 11 (17%) — 12 (46%)
Julian Okwara: 5 (8%) — 1 (4%)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 0 (0%) — 18 (69%)

Cornerbacks:

Amani Oruwariye: 64 (100%) — 4 (15%)
Jeff Okudah: 62 (97%)
Darryl Roberts: 56 (88%)
Tony McRae: 0 (0%) — 14 (54%)

Safeties:

Duron Harmon: 57 (89%) — 4 (15%)
Tracy Walker: 56 (88%) — 8 (31%)
Jayron Kearse: 38 (59%) — 12 (46%)
Will Harris: 1 (2%) — 14 (54%)
Miles Killebrew: 0 (0%) — 18 (69%)
C.J. Moore: 0 (0%) — 15 (58%)

Observations:

  • Nick Williams, now fully healthy again, took over the most snaps on the interior defensive line. That allowed Danny Shelton, who played 74% of snaps last game, to get a little more rest.
  • Free agent signings Jamie Collins and Reggie Ragland continue to be your top two linebackers on the team. Jahlani Tavai saw a significant bump in playing time, as Jarrad Davis saw a season-low 11 snaps.
  • What a strange year it has been for Will Harris. Began as a full-time starter, now playing just a single snap on Sunday. Look at his snap count percentage per week:

Week 1: 80%
Week 2: 67%
Week 3: 29%
Week 4: 31%
Week 6: 2%

  • Part of the reason for the drastic drop off was Jayron Kearse finally making a significant appearance in the game. After returning from suspension in a limited fashion in Week 4, Kearse played in over half the snaps against the Jaguars.

Special teams:

Jack Fox: 17 special teams snaps (65%)
Don Muhlbach: 10 (38%)
Matt Prater: 8 (31%)