Haynesworth: 32 of 76 snaps played

September, 13, 2011
9/13/11
2:50
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Snaps played by Patriots defenders in the season opener Monday night, and analyzing what they might mean (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

S Patrick Chung – 76 of 76
LB Jerod Mayo –
76 of 76
CB Devin McCourty – 76 of 76
CB Ras-I Dowling – 66 of 76
CB Leigh Bodden – 65 of 76
DT Vince Wilfork
– 56 of 76
LB Gary Guyton – 43 of 76
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich – 41 of 76
S Josh Barrett – 40 of 76
DE Shaun Ellis
– 40 of 76
DE Andre Carter – 35 of 76
LB Dane Fletcher – 35 of 76
DE Mark Anderson – 34 of 76
S Sergio Brown – 34 of 76
DT Albert Haynesworth
– 32 of 76
DT Myron Pryor – 28 of 76
DT Kyle Love – 25 of 76
CB Kyle Arrington – 19 of 76
DT/DE Mike Wright – 15 of 76

(Snaps includes all penalties.)

ANALYSIS: A lot of interest in DT Albert Haynesworth’s playing time – 32 snaps, split 14 in the first half and 18 in the second half. He was credited with two tackles and drew two holding penalties on Dolphins LG Richie Incognito. In addition to playing DT in the 4-3 look, he was also part of the goal-line package. Not a dominant performance, but he made an impact, for sure. … Haynesworth was part of a five-man rotation with Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Myron Pryor and Mike Wright at DT. … There was no official injury announced at the game, but DT/DE Mike Wright only played two of the first three series, then was done for the night. He watched the rest of the game from the sideline and his injury status should be monitored this week. … One change with the Patriots’ scheme is that interior DLs like Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love are staying on the field on third down more, and to stay fresh, they are being used on a series-by-series basis. … Rookie CB Ras-I Dowling got the surprise start and played a lot. He seemed to hold up well. In the sub defense, CB Leigh Bodden most often lined up in the slot. Dowling’s size (6-1, 198) played a role in stopping the fourth-and-1 pass in the fourth quarter, as Chad Henne had to throw the ball over him. In general, liked the look of the bigger cornerback group in the nickel – Dowling, Bodden and Devin McCourty. … CB Kyle Arrington, a 14-game starter in 2010, was the dime back and played solely in the second half. … S Josh Barrett was out for the final two series and was spotted with a member of the team’s medical staff late in the game. He is another player to watch on the injury front. … Rob Ninkovich is a hybrid player in the defense, playing LB in base packages, then sometimes moving to DE in sub packages as a rusher. On the first defensive play of the game, he rushed free off the right side (base defense) and put a solid hit on QB Chad Henne. … Didn’t think LB Jerod Mayo played his best game, but his wire-to-wire effort in warm conditions gets a professional tip of the cap from a conditioning perspective. Ditto for CB Devin McCourty. … S Patrick Chung also played every snap and looked fast and confident. … S Josh Barrett (40) and S Sergio Brown (34) split the duties at the other safety spot. There were two snaps with just one safety on the field on the goal-line. … DE Mark Anderson is this year’s Tully Banta-Cain, coming on in sub packages.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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