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Snap observations: Robinson's role grows for Lions

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

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. 

Lions defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson picks up and then throws down Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, picking up a penalty in the third quarter.

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. 

PlayerPositionOffense%Defense%Special Teams%
Riley ReiffT71100%  413%
Larry WarfordG71100%  413%
Taylor DeckerT71100%  413%
Graham GlasgowC71100%  413%
Matthew StaffordQB71100%    
Golden TateWR6389%    
Eric EbronTE6186%    
Laken TomlinsonG6085%  413%
Marvin JonesWR5679%    
Zach ZennerRB5476%  413%
Anquan BoldinWR5070%    
TJ JonesWR2434%  930%
Matthew MulliganTE2130%  1137%
Dwayne WashingtonRB1623%  310%
Joe DahlT1115%  1137%
Andre RobertsWR811%  1033%
Michael BurtonFB23%  1137%
Glover QuinFS  57100%723%
Nevin LawsonCB  5698%723%
Tahir WhiteheadLB  5291%723%
Johnson BademosiCB  4681%517%
Tavon WilsonSS  4375%517%
Josh BynesLB  4172%930%
A'Shawn RobinsonDT  3968%620%
Haloti NgataDT  3765%827%
Ziggy AnsahDE  3663%13%
Devin TaylorDE  3561%620%
DeAndre LevyLB  3358%  
Kerry HyderDE  2849%13%
Asa JacksonCB  2544%1447%
Tyrunn WalkerDT  2239%517%
Stefan CharlesDT  2137%27%
Rafael BushSS  1221%827%
Brandon CopelandDE  1119%2480%
Antwione WilliamsLB  1119%1963%
Anthony ZettelDE  1018%27%
Don CareyFS  611%2583%
Miles KillebrewSS  611%2480%
Thurston ArmbristerLB    1860%
Clay HarborTE    1550%
Sam MartinP    1137%
Don MuhlbachLS    827%
Matt PraterK    517%
Corey RobinsonT    413%
Alex CarterCB    413%