Defensive snaps: Little rest for Jones

October, 1, 2012
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – A look at the snaps played by Patriots defenders in the team’s 52-28 win over the Bills, while analyzing what it might mean (small margin for error):

CB Devin McCourty – 71 of 71
LB Jerod Mayo – 67 of 71
CB Kyle Arrington – 67 of 71
S Patrick Chung – 67 of 71
DE Chandler Jones – 66 of 71
CB Sterling Moore – 58 of 71
LB Brandon Spikes – 55 of 71
DT Vince Wilfork – 52 of 71
S Steve Gregory – 51 of 71
DE Rob Ninkovich – 50 of 71
DT Kyle Love – 38 of 71
S Tavon Wilson – 34 of 71
DE Jermaine Cunningham – 30 of 71
DT Terrell McClain – 16 of 71
DE Trevor Scott – 16 of 71
LB Dont’a Hightower – 9 of 71
LB Tracy White – 8 of 71
DE Jake Bequette – 5 of 71
DT Ron Brace – 5 of 71
CB Ras-I Dowling – 5 of 71
CB Marquice Cole – 4 of 71
LB Niko Koutouvides – 4 of 71
S Nate Ebner – 3 of 71

(Penalties included.)

ANALYSIS: Chandler Jones’ workload stands out. He played the first 66 snaps of the game before getting a break for the final five snaps. While the Patriots rotated at times at left end with Rob Ninkovich and Jermaine Cunningham, there was no rotation with Jones (5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 quarterback hits). … After playing in just the dime last week, rookie safety Tavon Wilson took some snaps in the base defense and nickel as well. He continues to show up around the ball. … Sterling Moore was once again the nickel back, as Ras-I Dowling remains buried on the depth chart. All of Dowling’s snaps came late in the game when the outcome was well in hand. … Rookie LB Dont’a Hightower played nine snaps before leaving the game with a hamstring injury and not returning. … Rookie DE Jake Bequette was dressed for the first time this season and he played the final two series. The same was true for lineman Terrell McClain.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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