Snap observations: How blunder impacted Tate's workload

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Lions tight end Eric Ebron hangs onto a reception in front of the Bears' Jerrell Freeman on a late fourth quarter offensive drive.

Chicago — The Detroit Lions will tell you they wanted to get Andre Roberts more involved in the offense coming into the game, but Golden Tate was clearly benched after a route-running error at the end of the first half against the Chicago Bears. How much did the benching affect Tate’s playing time? Significantly.

Tate, who had played 86.8 percent of Detroit’s offensive snaps heading into the contest, was on the field for 36 of the 63 snaps (57.1 percent) against Chicago. Roberts, on the other hand, played a season-high 27 reps.

Both players finished with one reception.

Here are some additional observations from the snap count report:

• Mixing in some dime packages against the Bears, rookie safety Miles Killebrew played a season-high 13 defensive snaps. Rafael Bush, filling in for injured starter Tavon Wilson, didn't miss a down, working all 69 plays.

• Eric Ebron had to be helped off the field for the second consecutive week after injuring his ankle and knee, but the third-year tight end missed minimal time, playing 84.1 percent of the offensive snaps, just off this season pace. Behind him on the depth chart, Khari Lee was in for 12 plays after not seeing the field on offense last week against the Packers. Rookie Cole Wick was limited to three snaps.

• Running back Zach Zenner played five snaps and touched the ball four of those plays, recording three carries for 12 yards and a 22-yard reception.

• Returning from a hamstring injury, rookie linebacker Antwione Williams showed no sign of being limited. Starting at outside linebacker, and rotating off the field in nickel and dime packages, he played 38 snaps.

• With Ziggy Ansah still sidelined by an ankle injury, defensive ends Kerry Hyder and Devin Taylor shouldered heavy workloads, playing 50 and 51 snaps.

PlayerPositionOffense%Defense%Special Teams%
Taylor DeckerT63100%  29%
Laken TomlinsonG63100%  29%
Travis SwansonC63100%  29%
Larry WarfordG63100%  29%
Riley ReiffT63100%  29%
Matthew StaffordQB63100%    
Marvin JonesWR6197%    
Anquan BoldinWR5486%    
Eric EbronTE5384%    
Theo RiddickRB5181%    
Golden TateWR3657%    
Andre RobertsWR2743%  835%
Khari LeeTE1219%  29%
Dwayne WashingtonRB711%  417%
Zach ZennerRB58%  1670%
Michael BurtonFB46%  730%
Cole WickTE35%  730%
Corey RobinsonT23%  29%
Nevin LawsonCB  69100%730%
Rafael BushSS  69100%522%
Darius SlayCB  69100%417%
Glover QuinFS  69100%417%
Tahir WhiteheadLB  69100%417%
Devin TaylorDE  5174%417%
Kerry HyderDE  5072%522%
Kyle Van NoyLB  4971%939%
Haloti NgataDT  4565%14%
Antwione WilliamsLB  3855%417%
Quandre DiggsCB  3449%835%
Wallace GilberryDE  3246%14%
Tyrunn WalkerDT  2841%29%
A'Shawn RobinsonDT  2232%313%
Khyri ThorntonDT  1826%29%
Stefan CharlesDT  1420%  
Miles KillebrewSS  1319%1774%
Anthony ZettelDE  913%313%
Brandon CopelandDE  710%1774%
Don CareyFS  46%2191%
Johnson BademosiCB    1774%
Orson CharlesTE    1774%
Thurston ArmbristerLB    1774%
Sam MartinP    1148%
Don MuhlbachLS    626%
Graham GlasgowC    626%
Matt PraterK    29%