Snap observations: Levy's role grows in Lions' loss

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

East Rutherford, N.J. — In his second game back from injury, DeAndre Levy saw a significant bump in playing time. The Detroit Lions linebacker didn't start the game against the New York Giants, entering the contest on the second series, but finished playing 30 of the team's 64 defensive snaps. 

Levy had a productive day, despite the limited role, recording eight tackles. He played 18 snaps last weekend, in the team's win over the Bears. Prior to that, he missed three months with a quad injury and minor knee surgery. 

Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy didn't start the game against the New York Giants, entering the contest on the second series, but finished playing 30 of the team's 64 defensive snaps.

The impact of Levy's increased playing time was fewer snaps for starting middle linebacker Tahir Whitehead. His 72 percent participation on defensive snaps was his lowest of the season. 

Here are some additional observations from Sunday's snap count report: 

• As expected, rookie Dwayne Washington dominated the running back rotation, more than doubling up the playing time of Zach Zenner, 44 snaps to 18. Veteran Joique Bell was limited to special teams. 

• Against the Giants receiver-heavy sets, the Lions leaned heavily on a traditional nickel package. With Quandre Diggs done for the season, and rookie Adairius Barnes waived earlier in the week, recently signed Asa Jackson was thrust into a major role. He played 47 snaps in the loss and had some notable struggles, surrendering an early touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard and a 25-yard completion to Odell Beckham Jr. on a third-and-10 during a fourth-quarter scoring drive. 

• Special teams standout Don Carey got in for a defensive series in the first quarter, playing three snaps. It was the first time since late October the Lions used him on defense. 

• With cornerback Darius Slay going down in the first half with a hamstring injury, Johnson Bademosi answered the bell, playing 42 snaps. After playing a significant role earlier in the season, while Slay and Nevin Lawson battled injury/illness, Bademosi had been exclusively working on special teams the past four games. 

PlayerPositionOffense%Defense%Special Teams%
Taylor DeckerT62100%  28%
Graham GlasgowC62100%  28%
Laken TomlinsonG62100%  28%
Larry WarfordG62100%  28%
Riley ReiffT62100%  28%
Matthew StaffordQB62100%    
Anquan BoldinWR5284%    
Eric EbronTE5284%    
Marvin JonesWR5182%    
Golden TateWR5081%    
Dwayne WashingtonRB4471%    
Andre RobertsWR1829%  1144%
Zach ZennerRB1829%  624%
Matthew MulliganTE1727%  624%
Clay HarborTE610%  1976%
Michael BurtonFB23%  1144%
Glover QuinFS  64100%416%
Nevin LawsonCB  6195%728%
Tavon WilsonSS  5383%624%
Asa JacksonCB  4773%1456%
Tahir WhiteheadLB  4672%416%
Ziggy AnsahDE  4672%14%
Haloti NgataDT  4570%416%
Josh BynesLB  4367%936%
Kerry HyderDE  4367%14%
Johnson BademosiCB  4266%1560%
Devin TaylorDE  3859%416%
DeAndre LevyLB  3047%  
A'Shawn RobinsonDT  2742%28%
Rafael BushSS  2539%1144%
Darius SlayCB  2539%14%
Khyri ThorntonDT  2438%14%
Tyrunn WalkerDT  1930%312%
Anthony ZettelDE  1422%  
Miles KillebrewSS  914%2080%
Don CareyFS  35%1976%
Brandon CopelandDE    2288%
Antwione WilliamsLB    1976%
Thurston ArmbristerLB    1144%
Sam MartinP    1144%
Don MuhlbachLS    832%
Joe DahlT    624%
Joique BellRB    520%
Corey RobinsonT    28%
Matt PraterK    28%