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Detroit Lions @ New York Jets: Defensive Snap Counts

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The defense as a whole didn't do a bad job against a good Lions attack, however they just couldn't get that big stop or turnover when it was needed. Who played and how often?

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Our defense right now looks a little thin and a little soft at the back-end. Unfortunately we don't really have the personnel to change that. However lets take a look at who played on Sunday and for how long. Remember we had a couple of injuries to Pryor who left the game, Harrison, who left and then came back and Allen who stayed in but apparently had an ankle injury.

Player Position Snaps Percentage of Defensive Snaps
Dawan Landry Safety 65 100%
Antonio Allen Cornerback 65 100%
David Harris Linebacker 65 100%
Demario Davis Limebacker 64 98%
Darrin Walls Cornerback 63 97%
Muhammad Wilkerson Defensive End 59 91%
Sheldon Richardson Defensive End 55 85%
Calvin Pace Outside Linebacker 52 80%
Quinton Coples Outside Linebacker 46 71%
Jaiquawn Jarrett Safety 40 62%
Damon Harrison Nose Tackle 30 46%
Calvin Pryor Safety 25 38%
Kyle Wilson Cornerback 21 32%
Jason Babin Outside Linebacker 20 31%
Leger Douzable Defensive End 17 26%
T.J Barnes Defensive Tackle 16 25%
Trevor Reilly Outside Linebacker 11 17%
Nick Bellore Linebacker 1 2%

I thought Jarrett played particularly well once he entered the game for Pryor. He seemed to be quite active and quick to the ball. T.J Barnes really struggled when he came in, looked as though he was getting pushed out of every single play. Coples saw his playtime drop by around 10% from last week, where as Trevor Reilly saw his increase by 10%. I know Coples does a few things right, but he is largely invisible for most of the game and We'll never get the best from him playing him at the OLB position.

I can't help but think 80% of defensive snaps is too much for Pace. We talk a lot about the problems in our secondary but I think we have a problem at our outside linebacker position, neither Coples or Pace are doing all that much this year. It's an area we desperately need to address.

Apart from that, there really aren't too many observations to take from the playing time this week.