Defensive snaps: Little from Big Al

October, 10, 2011
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A look at snaps played by Patriots defenders in the team’s 30-21 win over the Jets, while analyzing what it means (as charted in the press box, small margin for error):

CB Kyle Arrington – 54 of 54
S Patrick Chung – 54 of 54
LB Gary Guyton – 54 of 54
CB Devin McCourty – 54 of 54
LB Brandon Spikes – 52 of 54
S James Ihedigbo – 51 of 54
DT Vince Wilfork – 48 of 54
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich – 47 of 54
DE Andre Carter – 40 of 54
DT Kyle Love – 30 of 54
DE Shaun Ellis – 27 of 54
CB Leigh Bodden – 21 of 54
DL Albert Haynesworth – 20 of 54
DE Mark Anderson – 19 of 54
DT Gerard Warren – 10 of 54
DE Jermaine Cunningham – 8 of 54
S Sergio Brown – 3 of 54
CB Antwaun Molden – 2 of 54

(Snaps include one false start penalty.)

ANALYSIS: Albert Haynesworth opened the game playing solely in the sub defense as an interior rusher. He played four straight snaps in the base defense on the Jets’ long touchdown drive in the fourth quarter before leaving briefly with injury. His overall impact was minor (0 tackles, 1 quarterback hit). … LB Gary Guyton went wire to wire in place of Jerod Mayo. … Also, in a bit of a surprise, LB Brandon Spikes stayed on the field in sub packages, as LB Dane Fletcher did not play on defense. … The 54 snaps were a season low. Solid production on third down, where the Jets were 3 of 11, was a key. … At cornerback Kyle Arrington started and was solid in run support, with Leigh Bodden playing in the nickel. When Bodden came on, Arrington most often moved to the slot. … Rookie CB Ras-I Dowling did not play. … At safety, James Ihedigbo would have gone wire to wire if not for a stinger that sidelined him the final three plays. … DE Jermaine Cunningham played eight first-half snaps when DE Shaun Ellis headed to the sideline with a leg injury, but when Ellis returned, Cunningham didn’t play on defense again.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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