Rookie inside linebacker Jake Ryan has played fairly well in his small number of snaps at inside linebacker this season, most of which came against the Panthers in week 9. According to this report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Ryan is set for a larger role tonight than he has played in recent weeks:
One change to expect on #Packers D tonight: Rookie Jake Ryan will either start or have a more prominent role at ILB over Nate Palmer.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 3, 2015
This is an awfully vague statement, as it leaves open the possibility that Palmer may still start and/or play the majority of the snaps, but one thing does seem clear: we'll be getting a longer look at the fourth-round pick from Michigan tonight than we have seen over any of the past several games.
Perhaps this is a gameplan-related change. After all, the Lions have a trio of talented pass-catching running backs, with Theo Riddick as the most dangerous. Ryan may be preferred over Palmer in pass coverage, which could lead to the shift towards the rookie. Then again, it may just be due to Palmer's recent mediocre play as well.
We'll find out just how extensive the shift in playing time is when the game kicks off around 7:30 Central tonight.