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Snap observations: Lions safety battle still a toss-up

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Baltimore — The Detroit Lions' starting safety battle raged on in the third exhibition game with Tavon Wilson playing 41 snaps, and Rafael Bush 37, in the 30-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The difference, compared to the earlier two exhibition games, is it was Wilson working with the first-team defense.

That indicates Wilson has a leg up in the competition and he showcased his versatility in the role, lining up in a number of different spots during the first half. Coach Jim Caldwell declined to comment on Wilson's performance without an opportunity to look back at the game's film, but praised the player's ability to deliver a big hit.

Here are some additional observations from the snap count report:

▪ Maybe it was just an opponent-specific game plan, but the Lions primarily utilized three-wide sets against the Ravens. Slot receiver Anquan Boldin played just three fewer snaps than starting outside options Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.

▪ Tight end Andrew Quarless got a little work in this game after sitting his first exhibition outing with the team due to a short turnaround. Still, with just nine offensive snaps, compared to rookie Cole Wick's 36, the veteran is still looking like he faces an uphill battle for a job. It begs the question, why did the Lions welcome the criticism that came with the signing if Quarless wasn't something closer to a roster lock?

Lions look unprepared in exhibition loss to Ravens

▪ Making their preseason debuts, DeAndre Levy was on the field 23 snaps and Ameer Abdullah worked 13 plays.

▪ Don Carey started the game with the top special teams unit, but was only on the field for five of those plays, compared to 18 for rookie Miles Killebrew. That's not a great sign for the veteran.

▪ The following players didn't play, due to injury: Corey Robinson, Don Muhlbach, Eric Ebron, Michael Ola, Geoff Schwartz, Graham Glasgow, Isaiah Johnson, Jon Bostic, Josh Bynes

PlayerPositionOffense%Defense%Special Teams%
Tayor DeckerT4670%  517%
Travis SwansonC4670%  310%
Laken TomlinsonG4670%  310%
Riley ReiffT4670%  310%
Larry WarfordG4670%  310%
Matthew StaffordQB4162%    
Golden TateWR4061%    
Marvin JonesWR4061%    
Anquan BoldinWR3756%    
Cole WickTE3655%  1447%
Theo RiddickRB2842%    
Cornelius LucasT2030%  517%
Joe DahlT2030%  413%
Luke MarquardtT2030%  27%
Lemuel JeanpierreC2030%  27%
Quinshad DavisWR1726%  517%
Andre RobertsWR1624%  310%
Dan OrlovskyQB1523%    
TJ JonesWR1421%  13%
Jay LeeWR1320%  13%
Ameer AbdullahRB1320%    
Orson CharlesTE1117%  1033%
Jace BillingsleyWR1117%  310%
Dwayne WashingtonRB1015%  1343%
Chase FarrisG1015%  13%
Jake RudockQB1015%    
Gabe IkardC914%  413%
Andrew QuarlessTE914%  27%
Michael BurtonFB812%  620%
Zach ZennerRB812%  413%
Adam FuehneTE812%  27%
George WinnRB711%  723%
Matthew MulliganTE58%  517%
Tavon WilsonSS  4154%517%
Tahir WhiteheadLB  3951%413%
Miles KillebrewDB  3749%1860%
Rafael BushFS  3749%827%
Glover QuinFS  3749%517%
Nevin LawsonCB  3647%517%
Zaviar GoodenLB  3445%1447%
Antwione WilliamsLB  3242%1550%
Kyle Van NoyLB  3141%1033%
Darius SlayCB  3141%27%
Johnson BademosiCB  2938%827%
A'Shawn RobinsonDT  2736%13%
Devin TaylorDE  2634%310%
Kerry HyderDT  2533%930%
Khyri ThorntonDT  2432%413%
Tyrunn WalkerDT  2432%413%
Anthony ZettelDT  2432%13%
Alex CarterDB  2330%620%
Crezdon ButlerCB  2330%27%
Wallace GilberryDE  2330%27%
DeAndre LevyLB  2330%13%
Haloti NgataDT  2229%413%
Brandon CopelandDE  2128%1240%
Ezekiel AnsahDE  2128%310%
Caraun ReidDT  2026%  
Darrin WallsCB  1824%413%
Stefan CharlesDT  1722%27%
Quandre DiggsCB  1418%27%
Khaseem GreeneLB  1216%413%
Deonte GibsonDE  1216%  
Gabe WrightDT  1114%13%
Adairius BarnesCB  1013%723%
Charles WashingtonS  912%1343%
Chi Chi AriguzoLB  79%  
Rashaad ReynoldsCB  57%310%
Quanterus SmithDE  57%  
Louis PalmerDE  45%  
Dominique TovellLB  23%  
Sam MartinP    1033%
Jimmy LandesLS    1033%
Don CareySS    517%
Devon BellK    517%
Matt PraterK    310%
Brandon McGeeCB    310%
Jeremy KerleyWR    13%