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Patriots by the numbers: 2012 snap counts

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  January 26, 2013 07:30 AM

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A couple of weeks ago, all of the snaps played in the regular season on offense, defense and special teams were tallied, Patriots center came out as the player who played the most snaps in the NFL. Teammates Nate Solder and Devin McCourty were second and third on the league list.

Though Wendell and Solder missed a total of 9 of the 1237 offensive snaps, McCourty was the team's iron man - he played in 98 percent of the total defensive snaps (1073 of 1096) and also played in 52 percent of the special teams snaps (256 of 495 - give or take one or two; couldn't find the exact number).

Here is the complete breakdown of snaps per player, taken from the official NFL gamebooks and compiled by FootballOutsiders:

C Ryan Wendell - 1379 (1231 offense, 148 SpT)
LT Nate Solder - 1339 (1234 offense, 105 SpT)
DB Devin McCourty - 1329 (1073 defense, 256 SpT)
QB Tom Brady - 1213 (1231 offense)
RT Sebastian Vollmer - 1179 (1096 offense, 83 SpT)
LB Jerod Mayo - 1132 (1047 defense, 85 SpT)
WR Wes Welker - 1127 (1074 offense, 53 SpT)
DL Rob Ninkovich - 1050 (906 defense, 144 SpT)
WR Brandon Lloyd - 1042 (1038 offense, 4 SpT)
CB Kyle Arrington - 1038 (824 defense, 214 SpT)
DT Vince Wilfork - 961 (888 defense, 73 SpT)
RG Dan Connolly - 950 (890 offense, 60 SpT)
TE Rob Gronkowski - 809 (731 offense, 78 SpT)
LG Logan Mankins - 793 (744 offense, 49 SpT)
DE Chandler Jones - 784 (729 defense, 55 SpT)
S Steve Gregory - 741 (733 defense, 8 SpT)
LB Brandon Spikes - 727 (721 defense, 6 SpT)
G Donald Thomas - 707 (606 offense, 101 SpT)
DB Tavon Wilson - 702 (465 defense, 237 SpT)
S Patrick Chung - 677 (531 defense, 146 SpT)
DT Kyle Love - 615 (543 defense, 72 SpT)
LB Dont'a Hightower - 607 (568 defense, 39 SpT)
CB Alfonzo Dennard - 583 (583 defense)
TE Aaron Hernandez - 567 (565 offense, 2 SpT)
RB Stevan Ridley - 550 (549 offense, 1 SpT)
RB Danny Woodhead - 483 (417 offense, 66 SpT)
WR Deion Branch - 479 (474 offense, 5 SpT)
DL Jermaine Cunningham - 443 (439 defense, 4 SpT)
DL Brandon Deaderick - 437 (374 defense, 63 SpT)
DL Trevor Scott - 427 (249 defense, 178 SpT)
TE Daniel Fells - 406 (307 offense, 99 SpT)
CB Marquice Cole - 395 (191 defense, 204 SpT)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui - 371 (290 offense, 81 SpT)
WR Julian Edelman - 369 (295 offense, 74 SpT)
DB Nate Ebner - 333 (36 defense, 297 SpT)
WR Matthew Slater - 330 (42 offense, 288 SpT)
LB Niko Koutouvides - 326 (9 defense, 317 SpT)
CB Aqib Talib - 321 (304 defense, 17 SpT)
OL Nick McDonald - 315 (246 offense, 69 SpT)
OL Marcus Cannon - 276 (175 offense, 101 SpT)
DB Sterling Moore - 270 (230 defense, 40 SpT)
LB Tracy White - 268 (70 defense, 198 SpT)
RB Brandon Bolden - 264 (99 offense, 165 SpT)
K Stephen Gostkowski - 212 (212 SpT)
DL Justin Francis - 212 (190 defense, 22 SpT)
RB Shane Vereen - 199 (161 offense, 38 SpT)
LB Mike Rivera - 195 (19 defense, 176 SpT)
P Zoltan Mesko - 166 (166 SpT)
LS Danny Aiken - 164 (164 SpT)
DB Derrick Martin - 121 (69 defense, 52 SpT)
DL Ron Brace - 112 (90 defense, 22 SpT)
CB Ras-I Dowling - 100 (82 defense, 12 SpT)
LB Bobby Carpenter - 80 (6 defense, 74 SpT)
TE Visanthe Shiancoe - 57 (57 offense)
LB Jeff Tarpinian - 53 (6 defense, 47 SpT)
DB Malcolm Williams - 34 (34 SpT)
DL Jake Bequette - 29 (29 defense)
QB Ryan Mallett - 24 (24 offense)
OL Mitch Petrus - 24 (6 offense, 18 SpT)
WR Donte' Stallworth - 20 (20 offense)
FB Lex Hilliard - 18 (9 offense, 9 SpT)
RB James Develin - 12 (12 SpT)
DL Terrell McClain - 11 (11 defense)
WR Kamar Aiken - 8 (3 offense, 5 SpT)
DL Marcus Forston - 8 (8 defense)
WR Greg Salas - 6 (6 offense)
TE Kellen Winslow - 4 (4 offense)

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