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Charting the snaps: Defense

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  February 10, 2012 07:30 AM

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arrington-mccourty.jpgThanks to our very thorough friends at profootballfocus.com, which is worth the money for those of you into a Sabremetrics-type look at football, here's a look at how many snaps each player played for the Patriots on defense in the 2011 season (count includes all three postseason games).

PFF counted a total of 1,362 defensive snaps for the season

CB Kyle Arrington - 1,177 snaps
DT Vince Wilfork - 1,173
CB Devin McCourty - 1,142
LB Rob Ninkovich - 1,126
LB Jerod Mayo - 1,126
S James Ihedigbo - 917
S Patrick Chung - 773
DL Andre Carter - 753
DT Kyle Love - 697
DL Mark Anderson - 640
LB Brandon Spikes - 542
DL Shaun Ellis - 421
LB Gary Guyton - 405
DL Brandon Deaderick - 383
DL Gerard Warren - 370
DB Sterling Moore - 261
CB Antwaun Molden - 355
S Sergio Brown - 349
LB Dane Fletcher - 304
LB Tracy White - 250
DB Nate Jones - 242
CB Leigh Bodden - 222
S Josh Barrett - 221
DB Phillip Adams - 180
DT Albert Haynesworth - 134
DB/WR Matthew Slater - 111
CB Ras-I Dowling - 93
DL Ron Brace - 62
DB/WR Julian Edelman - 60
LB Jermaine Cunningham - 48
LB Niko Koutouvides - 46
DL Myron Pryor - 36
DB Ross Ventrone - 30
LB Jeff Tarpinian - 22
DL Landon Cohen - 18
DL Mike Wright - 15
DE Alex Silvestro - 12
DL Eric Moore - 11
LB A.J. Edds - 10

What's interesting here is how many players New England tried on defense this year: the 39 listed is by far the most the team has used since 2008, the first year PFF began tracking stats. In 2010, the Pats used 30 players; in 2009 and '08, it was just 27.

And in case you're wondering how that compares to other teams around the league, of the five other teams who made the playoffs in the AFC, the Ravens played 27 players on defense, while the Bengals, Steelers, Texans and Broncos each played 26.

The Giants played 28.

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