To get a better idea of what the Titans are getting, I went back and watched a couple games of defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill, formerly of the Detroit Lions.
With Hill, the first question was which games to watch. He started the season as the Lions' fourth defensive tackle, behind Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams, and Nick Fairley. That's where he was when the Lions faced the Titans and I noted his presence in Enemy Intelligence. When the Lions had those four players, Hill played about 30% of the time as the Lions used a four-man rotation at D-tackle. After Williams went down, Hill became the third defensive tackle and played a little under half the time on average. After Fairley followed Williams to injured reserve, Hill became the starter and played about 70% of the time.
I wanted to get a decent sample of Hill's work, so I chose two games where he had a heavier workload. That ruled out the game against the Titans, as he only played 13 snaps. The first game I watched was the Lions' 34-24 loss to the Vikings in Week 10. With Corey Williams out, he was part of a 3-man rotation behind Suh and Fairley, playing 44 snaps (63%) to Suh's 61 and Fairley's 48. The second was the Lions' 31-18 loss to the Falcons in Week 16. Hill played 40 snaps (71%) that game, while Suh played 51 and late-season addition Andre Fluellen 21.no comments