Snap observations: Robinson's role grows for Lions
Arlington, Texas — The Detroit Lions haven't played favorites with their defensive tackles this season, scratching Tyrunn Walker, Khyri Thornton and Stefan Charles from the lineup at various times. But rookie A'Shawn Robinson has maintained a role all year, and his performance has slowly earned him added opportunity.
Against the Dallas Cowboys, Robinson played a season-high 39 snaps, leading all Lions' defensive linemen. He responded with four tackles, also a personal best.
Also along the defensive line, edge rusher Kerry Hyder saw his playing time dip in the loss to Dallas. By percentage, it was the fewest snaps he's played since the season opener, giving way to increased playing time for Devin Taylor and Brandon Copeland. Hyder leads the Lions with eight sacks.
Here are some additional observations from the snap count report:
• After playing a complementary role all season, the Lions worked Zach Zenner as the featured back against the Cowboys. He out-snapped rookie Dwayne Washington by more than a 3-to-1 margin, 54-16.
• Linebacker DeAndre Levy's playing time continues to slowly trend in the right direction. He played 58 percent of the defensive snaps.
• Rookie guard Joe Dahl made his debut on offense, rotating in for Laken Tomlinson at left guard. Dahl played 11 snaps, primarily in the second quarter.
• 2015 third-round pick Alex Carter made his pro debut, working four special-teams snaps.
• A healthy scratch since Week 12, TJ Jones got the call on Monday night and played 21 snaps in the loss.