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Packers-Lions Snap Counts: Jake Ryan is officially your starter at ILB

There is no doubt about it - the Green Bay coaches believe Jake Ryan is the answer.

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With the Green Bay Packers' 27-23 victory at Ford Field in the rear-view mirror, let's take a look back at the snap counts to see if any interesting trends can be observed. One report that came out hours before the game was that rookie Jake Ryan was going to take a more prominent role on defense, though the report was ambiguous on what extent that that role would take or if he would even start over Nate Palmer at inside linebacker.

Once the game kicked off, there was no more ambiguity, as Palmer was relegated exclusively to special teams. Look for Ryan to continue to start moving forward as the Packers make their final playoff push over the last four weeks of the 2015 season.

Here are the snap counts for each unit.

Packers Offense (67 total plays)

Offensive Line

RT Don Barclay: 67
RG Lane Taylor: 67
LG Josh Sitton: 67
LT David Bakhtiari: 66
C JC Tretter: 39
C Corey Linsley: 28
LT Josh Walker: 1

Walker filled in on the one snap that Bakhtiari missed, a third-and-long, and promptly gave up a sack on a stunt. Other than that, Tretter filled in admirably once again for Linsley after the second-year starter had to leave midway through the game.

Backs and Receivers

QB Aaron Rodgers: 67
WR Randall Cobb: 66
WR Davante Adams: 64
WR James Jones: 55
TE Richard Rodgers: 34
RB James Starks: 33
FB John Kuhn: 21
RB Eddie Lacy: 19
WR Jared Abbrederis: 16
TE Justin Perillo: 15
RB John Crockett: 7
WR Jeff Janis: 4
TE Kennard Backman: 1

The Packers, as usual, went out of their three-wide formation most of the time on Thursday night. However, they had more of a split between tight end and fullback, as John Kuhn lined up as a lead blocker on several occasions. At receiver, the Packers tended to use Abbrederis when they subbed Jones out or went to four-wide instead of Jeff Janis, as the Wisconsin product got four times as many snaps as Janis did.

Another note is that despite the charge that John Crockett seemed to bring to the offense at the start of the second half, he only ended up playing seven total snaps. James Starks was in for a large portion of the plays in the second half, and he accounted for 37 of his 60 total yards in the second thirty minutes (plus the fumble that was recovered for a touchdown by Cobb).

Packers Defense (65 total plays)

Defensive Line

DT Mike Daniels: 47
NT B.J. Raji: 34
DE Mike Pennel: 28
DE Datone Jones: 27
DT Letroy Guion: 16

Daniels spent nearly 3/4 of the plays on the field, while Raji was out there for about half of the game's snaps. Datone Jones played a little bit of outside linebacker, and his snaps aren't clearly broken out by position.


LB Clay Matthews: 65
ILB Jake Ryan: 49
OLB Mike Neal: 48
OLB Julius Peppers: 41
ILB Joe Thomas: 16
OLB Nick Perry: 15
OLB Jayrone Elliott: 8

If there were doubts about how much playing time Jake Ryan would take away from Nate Palmer, consider those put to rest. After Ryan did in fact start the game, Palmer did not even see the field once on defense, as Ryan took all of the snaps on base downs. It's clear looking at this breakdown that the Packers brought Thomas in for Ryan in the dime package, though, as the two players' snap totals add up to 65, the total number of plays on defense.

Ryan played just six snaps on special teams as well, compared to 22 for Palmer, another signal that there has been a clear changing of the guard.

Meanwhile, Matthews bounced around as he usually does, often rushing from the outside in the dime. One disappointing sight is Nick Perry's dwindling playing time, as his snaps continue to be a fraction of those given to his counterpart, Mike Neal.


FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: 65
SS Morgan Burnett: 65
CB Sam Shields: 65
CB Casey Hayward: 49
CB Quinten Rollins: 39
DB Micah Hyde: 33
CB Demetri Goodson: 3
CB Ladarius Gunter: 2

The fact that Rollins earned more snaps than Hyde is a good sign for the rookie and a sign that the coaching staff recognizes that he brings a skill set to the cornerback spot that Hyde does not. His quickness and ball skills will continue to earn him more playing time, especially if fellow rookie Damarious Randall is limited moving forward. Furthermore, the rotation with Hayward, Rollins, and Hyde suggests that the coaches are looking for ways to maximize each player's abilities rather than inserting one player into the lineup for good.