Snap observations: Lions' O-line, WR Lee have busy night
Detroit -- While the majority of the Detroit Lions' starters rested during the exhibition finale, many of the team's backups got an opportunity to shine in the 31-0 slaying of the Buffalo Bills. No group got a more extended look than at offensive line, where four players played every offensive snap in the contest.
Included in that group were interior Lemuel Jeanpierre and Brandon Thomas, a pair of recent additions to the roster. Thomas came aboard just this week, in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers.
Also playing every snap was rookie Joe Dahl, who after working at guard all offseason, manned left tackle in this contest.
Here are some additional observations from the snap count report:
• Wide receiver Jay Lee also had a busy day, working all but three snaps. He shined in the first half, catching six passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, but was shutout on the stat sheet over the final two quarters. Jace Billingsley managed to led the team in receiving despite playing 42 percent fewer snaps than Lee.
• With depth a concern heading into the regular season, undrafted rookie tight end Cole Wick did not play in the game. The Lions evenly split reps between the other three players at the position, with Andrew Quarless, Orson Charles and Adam Fuehne each getting 35 or 36 reps.
• Kerry Hyder had a monster performance with three sacks (four if you count the one taken away by a teammate's penalty) and he did it with a heavy workload. The young defensive end showed impressive motor, despite being called upon to play 51 snaps.
• Projected starting defensive end Devin Taylor got in a little work, playing nine snaps. The coaching staff also wanted to see a lot more of Kyle Van Noy. The linebacker was on the field for 29 plays, earning praise for the performance after the game from coach Jim Caldwell.
• Even without a single practice with his new team, linebacker Jayson DiManche was able to get 18 defensive snaps and 15 special teams snaps. That's impressive for a guy claimed off waivers Tuesday afternoon.
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