Detroit Lions Week 14 snap counts: Changes for a struggling defense

Here's a look at the snap counts for the Detroit Lions in Week 14 against the Chicago Bears.
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The Detroit Lions' run of iffy play continued on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, as they could not overcome a litany of mistakes in a 28-13 loss. The sky has not completely fallen yet, but a loss to the Bears feels different than the games that came before it.

Shifting personnel is one way to try to fix things, and it may be the only way at this point. Particularly on the defensive side, trying some different players was easily fair game for Sunday's contest. On the offensive side, shifts in playing time for some players remain on the radar.

Here's a look at the Week 14 offensive and defensive snap counts for the Lions. Special teams snaps mentioned where they are most notable.

Detroit Lions' Week 14 snap counts

Offense (65 Snaps)
100 percent: QB Jared Goff, OT Taylor Decker, OT Penei Sewell, OG Jonah Jackson, OG Kayode Awosika, C Graham Glasgow

-Awosika got the start at right guard with Glasgow moving over to replace the injured Frank Ragnow.

Running Backs
Jahmyr Gibbs: 41 snaps (63 percent)
David Montgomery: 23 snaps (35 percent)
Craig Reynolds: 1 snap (2 percent); 17 special teams snaps (71 percent)

-Montgomery played just one of the Lions' 11 snaps during another third quarter slog for the offense, as Gibbs continues to be the lead back.

Wide Receivers
Amon-Ra St. Brown: 57 snaps (88 percent)
Jameson Williams: 38 snaps (58 percent)
Josh Reynolds: 36 snaps (55 percent)
Kalif Raymond: 23 snaps (35 percent)
Donovan Peoples-Jones: 9 snaps (14 percent); 7 special teams snaps (29 percent)

-Reynolds had a reduction in playing time, as Williams overtook him for the second-most snaps among Lions' wide receivers. Raymond played a little more, as did Peoples-Jones.

Tight Ends
Sam LaPorta: 56 snaps (86 percent)
Brock Wright: 24 snaps (37 percent); 16 special teams snaps (67 percent)
James Mitchell: 11 snaps (17 percent); 9 special teams snaps (38 percent)

Mitchell played a season-high for offensive snaps, and he does not have a target yet this season

OL Dan Skipper: 6 snaps (9 percent)

Defense (71 snaps)

Edge Rushers
Aidan Hutchinson: 64 snaps (90 percent)
John Cominsky: 50 snaps (70 percent)
Josh Paschal: 31 snaps (44 percent)
Julian Okwara: 17 snaps (24 percent)
Romeo Okwara: 8 snaps (11 percent); 8 special teams snaps (33 percent)

-Charles Harris was a healthy scratch, and Bruce Irvin was not elevated from the practice squad as he deals with an ankle injury.

Defensive Tackles
Benito Jones: 45 snaps (63 percent)
Isaiah Buggs: 43 snaps (61 percent)
Levi Onwuzurike: 14 snaps (20 percent)
Brodric Martin: 6 snaps (8 percent)

-With Alim McNeill (knee) on IR, the Lions' defensive tackle rotation did not include Quinton Bohanna being signed to the active roster after his three standard practice squad elevations were used. No one here made a noticeable impact on Sunday's game, so changes (Bohanna? Tyson Alualu?) should be coming.

Alex Anzalone: 68 snaps (96 percent)
Derrick Barnes: 62 snaps (87 percent)
Jack Campbell: 42 snaps (59 percent); 11 special teams snaps (46 percent)
Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 11 snaps (15 percent); 22 special teams snaps (92 percent)
Malcolm Rodriguez: 1 defensive snap; 22 special teams snaps
Anthony Pittman: 22 special teams snaps

-Reeves-Maybin again saw more defensive snaps, even though Anzalone was back, with a couple impact plays.

Cameron Sutton: 71 snaps (100 percent)
Kerby Joseph: 70 snaps (99 percent)
Ifeatu Melifonwu: 70 snaps (99 percent)
Jerry Jacobs: 53 snaps (75 percent)
Brian Branch: 37 snaps (52 percent)
Kindle Vildor: 17 snaps (24 percent); 7 special teams snaps (29 percent)
Will Harris: 1 defensive snap; 22 special teams snaps
Tracy Walker: 0 defensive snaps; 13 special teams snaps (54 percent)

-As could have been expected, the struggling Jacobs ceded a fair chunk of snaps (multiple series) to Vildor on Sunday. Walker was fully benched in favor or Melifonwu, who had a solid game and may start alongside Joseph until until further notice.

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