Snap Judgments: Redskins-Lions Workload Showing RB Change?

Changes could be coming at running back. It appears one already happened at safety.

Here's a look at who played lots, some, and just a little in the Washington Redskins' heartbreaking 20-17 loss to the Detroit Lions.

* For the fourth time this season, Chris Thompson (43 snaps) received more playing time than Matt Jones (22). Jones was clearly in the doghouse due to inefficient rushing (10 or 27 yards) and a costly turnover deep in the red zone. The quick, but diminutive Thompson isn't built for full-time work. However, if he efficiently gains 73 yards on just 12 attempts (6.1 ypc), then Jones could see his chances dwindle even beyond the fumbles. Robert Kelley added four rush attempts on 10 plays and scored his first career touchdown on a pass from Kirk Cousins. For now, the rookie remains third on the depth chart.

* Between losing DeAngelo Hall (knee) and David Bruton Jr. (concussion) for the season, there has been major turnover at safety. It appears another round is here. Three weeks after signing with the Redskins, strong safety Donte Whitner played all 53 defensive snaps on Sunday, while Duke Ihenacho received work on just nine plays. Will Blackmon has been a stabilizing force, having played every defensive snap over the three games before Week 7. Against Detroit, he was on the field less than 75 percent of the game (39 snaps) as Washington opted to have Ihenacho and Whitner play together at times. 

* Returning from a concussion injury, rookie defender Su'a Cravens only played 11 snaps. Whether the coaching staff was trying to ease the linebacker back into the game or did not think he matched up well, the USC product received his lightest workload in his young NFL career. 

* Wide receiver snaps: Pierre Garçon 57, Jamison Crowder 55, DeSean Jackson 54, Ryan Grant 20, Maurice Harris 4.

* At the cornerback position, there was a stretch in the game where the Redskins were without Josh Norman (concussion) and Bashaud Breeland (left ankle). The latter would return, but the void of the All-Pro Norman forced Quinton Dunbar into the fray. In his 27 snaps, Dunbar was frequently matched up with Marvin Jones and did a nice job containing the Lions receiver. Rookie Kendall Fuller played a majority of the game with 40 snaps, while veteran Greg Toler only saw 5 plays. Fuller's development made the coaching staff comfortable with making Dashaun Phillips a healthy scratch after he was the starting slot corner to start the season.

* The Redskins defensive line is looking more and more like a two-man group. Ziggy Hood (44 snaps) and Chris Baker (43) are the only big men seeing consistent time on the line of scrimmage. Ricky Jean Francois, Cullen Jenkins, and Matt Ioannidis only combined for 30 snaps. The Redskins averaged just over two defensive linemen on the field during any given play and even had Hood and Baker drop back in coverage at times.

* Trying to fill the void of Jordan Reed (concussion) is hard to do, but for the second week in a row Vernon Davis (71) did his best. The veteran played all but two offensive snaps, was a plus-blocker and added six catches for 79 yards. The 32-year old is proving he still has game and would be worthy of opportunities after Reed's return.

* Before the major scare with Trent Williams (knee) on the penultimate play of the game, second year lineman Brandon Scherff (left shoulder) exited the game for two series before returning. During that time, Arie Kouandjio filled in at right guard and had a tough go. Kouandjio gave up multiple pressures and showed why he is still in the development phase of his game.

* Previous snap judgements:

Offense (73 Snaps)

Morgan Moses 73

Spencer Long 73

Shawn Lauvao 73

Kirk Cousins 73

Trent Williams 72

Vernon Davis 71

Brandon Scherff 58

Pierre Garçon 57

Jamison Crowder 55

DeSean Jackson 54

Chris Thompson 43

Matt Jones 22

Ryan Grant 20

Niles Paul 19

Arie Kouandjio 15

Ty Nsekhe 11

Robert Kelley 10

Maurice Harris 4

Defense (53 Snaps)

Will Compton 53

Donte Whitner Sr. 53

Bashaud Breeland 49

Ziggy Hood 44

Chris Baker 43

Mason Foster 40

Ryan Kerrigan 40

Kendall Fuller 40

Will Blackmon 39

Preston Smith 38

Trent Murphy 31

Josh Norman 28

Quinton Dunbar 27

Ricky Jean Francois 16

Su'a Cravens 11

Cullen Jenkins 10

Duke Ihenacho 9

Greg Toler 5

Matt Ioannidis 4

Terence Garvin 3

Special Teams

Houston Bates 18

Martrell Spaight 13

Deshazor Everett 13

Niles Paul 13

Terence Garvin 13

Ryan Grant 10

Will Blackmon 10

Matt Ioannidis 9

Ty Nsekhe 9

Quinton Dunbar 8

Su’a Craven 8

Duke Ihenacho 8

Dustin Hopkins 7

Robert Kelley 7

Will Compton 7

Mason Foster 7

Greg Toler 6

Tress Way 6

Nick Sundberg 6

Ricky Jean Francois 6

Cullen Jenkins 5

Ryan Kerrigan 5

Preston Smith 5

Bashaud Breeland 5

Chris Thompson 5

Ziggy Hood 4

John Sullivan 4

Arie Kouandjio 4

Morgan Moses 4

Shawn Lauvao 4

Spencer Long 4

Kendall Fuller 3

Trent Murphy 2

Josh Norman 2

Jamison Crowder 1

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