Spotlight on 1st half defensive snaps

August, 21, 2011
8/21/11
3:15
PM ET
A look at the snaps played by Patriots defenders in the team’s preseason win over the Buccaneers and analyzing what it means (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

LB Jerod Mayo – 31 of 31
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich – 26 of 31
S Patrick Chung – 25 of 31
CB Devin McCourty – 23 of 31
S Sergio Brown – 22 of 31
DE Andre Carter – 21 of 31
CB Kyle Arrington – 20 of 31
DT Vince Wilfork – 18 of 31
CB Darius Butler – 17 of 31
DE Eric Moore -- 17 of 31
DT Kyle Love – 16 of 31
LB Gary Guyton – 15 of 31
S Brandon Meriweather – 15 of 31
DT Gerard Warren – 15 of 31
DE Mark Anderson – 14 of 31
DT Myron Pryor – 13 of 31
CB Jonathan Wilhite – 9 of 31
LB Tracy White -- 8 of 31
CB Leigh Bodden – 7 of 31
LB Niko Koutouvides – 6 of 31
LB Dane Fletcher – 2 of 31

(Includes three offensive holding penalties and one defensive pass interference penalty.)

ANALYSIS: CB Leigh Bodden opened the game as the third corner. He then rotated in at right corner on the fourth series, but didn’t play after that. Nothing on the TV copy of the game indicated any injury, although Bodden was not at practice Saturday. … LB Jerod Mayo’s conditioning warrants a professional tip of the cap, with the hot and humid conditions. … LB Dane Fletcher started and left after the first two defensive plays of the game with the thumb injury, which likely occurred when he made a nice play attacking the line of scrimmage to tackle running back LeGarrette Blount. … DE Mark Anderson was used exclusively in sub packages, while DE Andre Carter and DE Eric Moore were the top pairing in the base defense. Carter stayed on in sub packages, while Moore came off the field. … The safety rotation was broken down here. … Notable was how the big defensive tackles (Wilfork, Love, Warren, Pryor) in the four-man line stayed on the field in sub packages, which is a new wrinkle for the defense. To keep them fresh, the defensive tackle pairings were changed on a series-by-series basis. … LB/DE Rob Ninkovich played two roles, working an an off-the-line linebacker in the base defense, while serving as an edge rusher in sub packages at times.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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