Kevin Smith played 19 snaps to Joique Bell's 10 in Week 11 versus the Packers. We noted Sunday that Smith had overtaken Bell on third downs. The Lions didn't have a lead in the fourth quarter, so there's no telling if Bell still retains the "closer" role. Coach Jim Schwartz didn't address the changing roles on Monday and apparently wasn't asked about Bell's demotion. We should have a better read on the situation before Thursday's game versus the Texans
Kevin Smith played more snaps than Joique Bell for the second consecutive game in Week 12. After 10 weeks, the Lions have decided that Smith is a better pass protector than Bell on third downs. Bell did have Detroit's first two carries of 20+ yards on the season, but he can't be trusted as a flex option with Smith handling third-down duties.