Lions snap observations: Golladay, Killebrew shine

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Detroit — Rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay may not have gotten the start in his debut, but he played significantly more than TJ Jones in the Detroit Lions' three-wide receiver package in the team's win over the Arizona Cardinals, and appears primed to maintain that advantage after a two-touchdown performance.

Golladay was on the field for 44 snaps on Sunday, not far off the average number Anquan Boldin played as Detroit's third receiver last year. In 16 games, Boldin averaged 51 snaps.

Lions safety Miles Killebrew takes an interception back for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit.

Jones picked up the scraps against the Cardinals, with 19 snaps. He made the most of his opportunities, delivering a pair of 16-yard receptions during the go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter.

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

* The Lions have long hinted at a bigger role for safety Miles Killebrew, and that came to fruition in the opener. He played 29 defensive snaps, more than he ever played as a rookie last season. He rewarded the Lions with a tackle for a loss, a pass breakup and an interception.

* Also in the defensive backfield, D.J. Hayden outsnapped Nevin Lawson at the second cornerback spot, 41-32.

* With the running back rotation, Ameer Abdullah led the charge, but played just a shade more than 50 percent of the snaps. Theo Riddick was limited to 21 snaps, which isn't too surprising given he's still being eased back in after missing extensive time recovering from a wrist injury. Dwayne Washington's work load was a little higher than some might have expected as the third option in the group. He was on the field 20 offensive plays.

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* Eric Ebron and Ziggy Ansah were minimally limited after missing all of training camp. The young tight end worked 51 plays and the potent pass rusher was on the field for 34, a tick under his normal workload.

* Wide receiver Marvin Jones barely left the field, sitting out just three plays. Golden Tate also had a busy day, despite suffering an injured finger. He took 63 of 71 reps.

* The Lions appear to be further minimizing their use of a third linebacker, in part because of Killebrew's emergence. Paul Worrilow, winner of the third linebacker job, played only 12 snaps.

PlayerPositionOffense%Defense%Special Teams%
T.J. LangG71100%  413%
Graham GlasgowC71100%  413%
Rick WagnerT71100%  413%
Greg RobinsonT71100%  413%
Travis SwansonC71100%  413%
Matthew StaffordQB71100%    
Marvin JonesWR6896%    
Golden TateWR6389%  13%
Eric EbronTE5172%    
Kenny GolladayWR4462%  13%
Ameer AbdullahRB3651%    
Darren FellsTE3245%  930%
Theo RiddickRB2130%    
TJ JonesWR1927%  13%
Dwayne WashingtonRB1420%  1963%
Michael RobertsTE68%  1860%
Alex BarrettDE11%1419%  
Glover QuinFS  75100%620%
Darius SlayCB  75100%517%
Jarrad DavisLB  75100%517%
Tavon WilsonSS  7499%  
Quandre DiggsCB  5877%1033%
Tahir WhiteheadLB  5168%517%
Anthony ZettelDE  4661%517%
D.J. HaydenCB  4155%827%
Cornelius WashingtonDE  4053%517%
Haloti NgataDT  4053%517%
A'Shawn RobinsonDT  3952%517%
Akeem SpenceDT  3547%  
Ziggy AnsahDE  3445%  
Jeremiah LedbetterDT  3344%413%
Nevin LawsonCB  3243%723%
Miles KillebrewSS  2939%2170%
Jeremiah ValoagaDE  1621%  
Paul WorrilowLB  1216%2687%
Charles WashingtonCB  34%2170%
Steve LongaLB  23%2170%
Jamal AgnewDB  11%1860%
Don CareyFS    2583%
Jalen Reeves-MaybinLB    2170%
Matt PraterK    1343%
Don MuhlbachLS    1033%
Joe DahlT    413%
Jake RudockQB    413%
Brian MihalikT    413%
Kasey RedfernP    310%