Analyzing Detroit's offensive snap count

August, 10, 2014
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It is still relatively early in the preseason and like many teams, the Detroit Lions are going to spread out their snaps among a whole bunch of players in order to get an idea of what they have and what they might still need.

But sometimes, snap counts can give an idea of who needs some work or who is getting a longer look from the coaching staff. Here's a position-by- position breakdown of Detroit's snaps Saturday night.

 QUARTERBACK:

Dan Orlovsky, 38 snaps (55 percent); Kellen Moore 24 snaps (35 percent); Matthew Stafford 7 snaps (10 percent).

Analysis: Orlovsky was going to get the majority of snaps in in this game, and that's what happened. James Franklin, the fourth quarterback, saw no snaps. Figure to see Stafford's snaps go up the next two weeks. If the Lions want to get a longer look at Moore -- they know what they have in the veteran Orlovsky -- he could see more snaps in Week 2.

RUNNING BACK:

Mikel Leshoure 23 snaps (33 percent); George Winn 23 snaps (33 percent); Steven Miller 12 snaps (17 percent); Joique Bell 5 snaps (7 percent); Theo Riddick 4 snaps (6 percent); Reggie Bush 4 snaps (6 percent).

Analysis: Bush and Bell -- like Stafford -- were getting minimal work. Riddick's snaps would have been higher if not for an abdominal injury, and it probably would have cut into Winn's total. Leshoure is trying to showcase himself for either Detroit or another team, so his snap count might stay around the same throughout the preseason. Winn's high count was surprising, though, as it seems like Detroit might take a longer look at him.

FULLBACK:

Montell Owens 7 snaps (10 percent); Jed Collins 6 snaps (9 percent); Chad Abram 4 snaps (6 percent).

Analysis: Owens and Collins are fighting for possibly one job and Abram was battling for a practice squad spot. In all, Lions' fullbacks played 17 of 64 snaps. The more interesting number will be how the fullbacks are used, not who is being used.

WIDE RECEIVER:

Andrew Peacock 31 snaps (45 percent); Patrick Edwards 26 snaps (38 percent); Corey Fuller 24 snaps (35 percent); Jeremy Ross 20 snaps (29 percent); Quintin Payton 19 snaps (28 percent); Ryan Broyles 19 snaps (28 percent); Kris Durham 17 snaps (25 percent); Kevin Ogletree 14 snaps (20 percent); Golden Tate 7 snaps (10 percent).

Analysis: Not too much to read into Tate or Ogletree's lack of work. Detroit seemed to be giving Peacock a longer-than-expected look, but he has made some moves in camp as well and could be a practice squad candidate. Broyles made good use of his 19 snaps with three catches. Most of Peacock, Edwards and Fuller's snaps came with the third unit.

TIGHT END:

Eric Ebron 26 snaps (38 percent); Joseph Fauria 24 snaps (35 percent); Jordan Thompson 15 snaps (22 percent); Jacob Maxwell 11 snaps (16 percent); Brandon Pettigrew 4 snaps (6 percent).

Analysis: This might be a typical workload for Ebron throughout the preseason as Detroit tries to make sure its No. 1 pick is ready for the regular season. Fauria did well during his time in the game and had some key blocks. Thompson and Maxwell worked with the third team.

OFFENSIVE TACKLE:

Cornelius Lucas 54 snaps (78 percent); LaAdrian Waddle 30 snaps (43 percent); Bryce Quigley 18 snaps (26 percent); Corey Hilliard 15 snaps (22 percent); Riley Reiff 15 snaps (22 percent).

Analysis: Hilliard got the start at right tackle and played starter's snaps with Reiff. Waddle saw more work, but he's also a younger player. The competition between Hilliard and Waddle remains. Detroit wanted to give a long look to the undrafted free agent Lucas, who should make the team as the fourth tackle. He had the second-most snaps of any offensive player.

OFFENSIVE GUARD:

Garrett Reynolds 49 snaps (71 percent); Rodney Austin 28 snaps (41 percent); A.J. Dalton 17 snaps (25 percent); Alex Bullard 16 snaps (23 percent); Larry Warford 15 snaps (22 percent); Rob Sims 7 snaps (10 percent).

Analysis: Sims played one series and was replaced by Austin, who is in a competition for a roster spot with Reynolds. Warford played starter's snaps. Dalton and Bullard worked mostly with the third team.

CENTER:

Travis Swanson 62 snaps (90 percent); Darren Keyton 12 snaps (17 percent); Dominic Raiola 7 snaps (10 percent).

Analysis: Raiola played as long as Stafford was in. Both Swanson and Keyton played at center and guard. The Lions will likely play Swanson a majority of the preseason because even though he won't play in 2014 unless someone is injured, they need for him to see a good amount of preseason snaps to give him some experience.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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