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Defensive snaps: Rookies on rise

10/19/2010

Snaps played by Patriots defenders in the team’s 23-20 overtime win over the Ravens (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

S Patrick Chung – 77 of 77

ILB Jerod Mayo – 77 of 77

CB Devin McCourty – 77 of 77

CB Kyle Arrington – 76 of 77

S Brandon Meriweather – 68 of 77

OLB Jermaine Cunningham – 59 of 77

OLB Rob Ninkovich – 58 of 77

DL Vince Wilfork – 58 of 77

ILB Brandon Spikes – 57 of 77

NT Gerard Warren – 56 of 77

DE Brandon Deaderick – 52 of 77

OLB/DE Tully Banta-Cain – 21 of 77

ILB Gary Guyton – 20 of 77

S Jarrad Page – 19 of 77

DL Myron Pryor – 18 of 77

OLB/DE Shawn Crable – 16 of 77

DL Mike Wright – 12 of 77

ILB Dane Fletcher – 11 of 77

CB Jonathan Wilhite – 9 of 77

DE Ron Brace – 6 of 77

(Penalties included, except for false starts.)

ANALYSIS: Rookie outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham is coming on. The following in his playing time progression over the first five games: 26, 23, 28, 53 and 59. … Cunningham and Rob Ninkovich are establishing themselves as 1-2 on the outside linebacker depth chart, with Tully Banta-Cain playing mostly in sub packages. Bill Belichick felt their performance was the best to date. … Rookie defensive end Brandon Deaderick, who started, has seen his playing time increase the last two weeks. After not playing in the first three game of the season, he was on the field for 20 snaps against the Dolphins and a season-high 52 against the Ravens. … Brandon Spikes’ 57 snaps were easily a season-high, besting his previous high of 40 (Week 2, Jets). … Devin McCourty continues his ironman streak of playing every snap this season.