Snaps: CB Logan Ryan leads way

December, 23, 2013
12/23/13
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BALTIMORE -- Snaps played by Patriots defenders in Sunday's win over the Ravens, while analyzing what it means (small margin for error, as charted in press box):

CB Logan Ryan -- 71 of 73
DE Rob Ninkovich -- 70 of 73
CB Aqib Talib -- 70 of 73
LB Dont'a Hightower -- 68 of 73
DE Chandler Jones -- 68 of 73
CB Kyle Arrington -- 65 of 73
S Steve Gregory -- 65 of 73
DT Chris Jones -- 57 of 73
DT Sealver Siliga -- 55 of 73
S Duron Harmon -- 48 of 73
LB Brandon Spikes -- 43 of 73
LB Jamie Collins -- 33 of 73
S Devin McCourty -- 26 of 73
DE Andre Carter -- 20 of 73
DT Joe Vellano -- 14 of 73
DE Michael Buchanan -- 12 of 73
S Tavon Wilson -- 11 of 73
CB Alfonzo Dennard -- 5 of 73
LB Steve Beauharnais -- 1 of 73
LB Chris White -- 1 of 73

(Includes penalties. Does not include half-ending kneel-down.)

ANALYSIS: Rookie cornerback Logan Ryan's total stands out as he started and played extensively. He was coming off a 17-snap performance against the Dolphins. The two snaps he didn't play came in the short-yardage defense. ... CB Kyle Arrington played mostly in the slot as part of the nickel defense the Patriots mostly employed. ... The depth chart at defensive tackle has started to form, with Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga the top options. They are followed by Joe Vellano, whose snaps have reduced in recent weeks. Veteran Isaac Sopoaga is fourth on that depth chart and he was a healthy scratch. ... Devin McCourty's lower total is a result of him leaving the game with a head injury (likely a concussion) early in the third quarter. ... Safety Tavon Wilson's 11 snaps surpass his total from the 13 games combined (5 snaps). Most of that work came at the linebacker level in the dime defense. ... The lone snaps for LBs Chris White and Steve Beauharnais came on the final Ravens offensive possession. ... CB Aqib Talib and DEs Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones continue to be ironmen, playing most every snap. ... The Patriots defended just 23 snaps in the first half before the number spikes to 50 in the second half.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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