Snap observations: Lions lean hard on backups vs. Titans

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Detroit — With injuries hitting the Detroit Lions hard during the team's Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans, multiple backups were called upon to play significantly increased roles in the contest.

The decimated linebacking corps, which was without DeAndre Levy from the start, and lost Antwione Williams and Kyle Van Noy during the course of the game, needed defensive end Brandon Copeland to play a career-high 34 snaps out of position. Thurston Armbrister, claimed off waivers just days before the start of the regular season, was on the field for only nine defensive snaps, but made three tackles on the Titans' winning drive as the opponent went after the backup.

Lions' Kerry Hyder brings down Titans' Marcus Mariota in the first quarter.

Along the defensive line, it was Kerry Hyder picking up the slack for Ziggy Ansah, who went down with an ankle injury during the opening series. Hyder played 49 snaps. Only Devin Taylor (52) had a heavier workload among defensive linemen. 

And in the backfield, Theo Riddick fell one snap short of his career-high, working 51 plays against the Titans. Ameer Abdullah was limited to 11 snaps after suffering a foot injury in the second quarter.

Here are some additional observations from the snap count report:

• The hard-hitting Tavon Wilson appears to have extended his advantage in the safety rotation. Wilson played 90 percent of the defensive plays. Rafael Bush, who was unable to break up the game-winning touchdown, was on the field for nearly a third of the snaps as the Lions tinker with some three-safety defensive packages.

That took away playing time from nickel corner Quandre Diggs, who was on the field just 34.3 percent of the snaps, his smallest workload since Week 5 last season.

• With rookie Cole Wick sidelined with a shoulder injury, it was Khari Lee who stepped up to fill the backup tight end role behind Eric Ebron. Another recent waiver claim, Lee played 20 snaps, while Orson Charles, active for the contest, was limited to special teams.

• Offensive tackle Corey Robinson continues to work as an extra blocker in goal-line situations, but he also had to fill in at right tackle for four snaps when Riley Reiff briefly exited with an injury.

• Fullback Michael Burton's role has decreased to start the 2016 campaign. He only worked five offensive plays against the Titans, after seven snaps in the season opener. The five matches a career-low for the second-year bruising blocker.

PlayerPositionOffense%Defense%Special Teams%
Larry WarfordG79100%  313%
Travis SwansonC79100%  313%
Laken TomlinsonG79100%  313%
Taylor DeckerT79100%  313%
Matthew StaffordQB79100%    
Riley ReiffT7595%  313%
Marvin JonesWR7392%    
Eric EbronTE7190%    
Golden TateWR7089%    
Anquan BoldinWR6785%    
Theo RiddickRB5165%    
Khari LeeTE2025%  313%
Ameer AbdullahRB1722%    
Dwayne WashingtonRB1114%  1565%
Andre RobertsWR911%  730%
Michael BurtonFB56%  1148%
Corey RobinsonT56%  313%
Nevin LawsonCB  67100%835%
Tahir WhiteheadLB  67100%417%
Darius SlayCB  67100%417%
Glover QuinFS  67100%417%
Tavon WilsonSS  6090%313%
Devin TaylorDE  5278%417%
Kerry HyderDE  4973%939%
Haloti NgataDT  4060%313%
Wallace GilberryDE  3857%29%
Kyle Van NoyLB  3755%626%
Brandon CopelandDE  3451%1878%
Khyri ThorntonDT  2639%626%
Quandre DiggsCB  2334%730%
Antwione WilliamsLB  2233%522%
Tyrunn WalkerDT  2233%  
Rafael BushSS  2131%522%
A'Shawn RobinsonDT  1928%  
Stefan CharlesDT  1421%14%
Thurston ArmbristerLB  913%1878%
Ziggy AnsahDE  34%  
Don CareyFS    1983%
Johnson BademosiCB    1670%
Miles KillebrewSS    1670%
Orson CharlesTE    1461%
Sam MartinP    1252%
Don MuhlbachLS    835%
Matt PraterK    313%
Graham GlasgowC    313%