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Monday, November 14, 2011
Defensive snaps: Carter's workload

By Mike Reiss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A look at snaps played by defenders in the Patriots’ 37-16 win over the Jets on Sunday night, while analyzing what it might mean (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

CB Kyle Arrington – 72 of 72
LB Jerod Mayo – 72 of 72
S Sterling Moore – 72 of 72
DE Andre Carter – 70 of 72
S James Ihedigbo – 70 of 72
DL Vince Wilfork – 68 of 72
LB Tracy White – 50 of 72
LB Rob Ninkovich – 47 of 72
CB Antwaun Molden – 46 of 72
CB Phillip Adams – 45 of 72
DE Mark Anderson – 42 of 72
CB Devin McCourty – 26 of 72
DL Brandon Deaderick – 23 of 72
DE Shaun Ellis – 22 of 72
LB Jeff Tarpinian – 22 of 72
DL Kyle Love – 21 of 72
DL Gerard Warren – 10 of 72
CB Julian Edelman – 5 of 72
DE Jermaine Cunningham – 4 of 72
DL Ron Brace – 3 of 72
S Ross Ventrone – 2 of 72

(Offensive pass interference, unnecessary roughness, offside and illegal use of hands penalties included.)

ANALYSIS: Given Andre Carter’s big game (4.5 sacks), it is notable to point out a slight wrinkle in how the Patriots used him. Instead of taking him off in sub packages at times, and having Rob Ninkovich drop down from linebacker to defensive end, Carter stayed on. His 70 snaps were a season high. … Sterling Moore is a rookie free agent from SMU, but he’s a good reflection on what Bill Belichick said after the game about the game not being too big for most players on the team. Who figured he’d play every snap at safety?. …  Also notable was the steadying presence of safety James Ihedigbo. Jets coach Rex Ryan said, “I thought [he] played extremely well.” … Longtime special teamer Tracy White played as a sub linebacker over Gary Guyton (0 snaps), and his 50 snaps were easily a season high. The Patriots basically combined White and rookie free agent Jeff Tarpinian into one player – White playing in sub and Tarpinian in the base 4-3 on the weakside. … Kyle Arrington continues to do good things at cornerback, going wire to wire and finishing with a pass defended. … The Patriots leaned on defensive lineman Vince Wilfork heavily, and since they were loaded up along the line and were in sub a lot, that meant limited snaps for others on the interior like Kyle Love, Gerard Warren and Ron Brace. … Mark Anderson, who helped boost the pass rush at rush end, played a season-high 42 snaps, all in sub packages. His previous high was 34 in the season opener. ... Jerod Mayo, for the second week in a row, led the defensive huddle and played every snap. … Jermaine Cunningham’s four snaps came on the final drive of the game, as did Julian Edelman’s five snaps as a slot corner.