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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Defensive snaps: Ellis drops off

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at snaps played by Patriots defenders in the team’s 34-3 win over the Chiefs, while analyzing what it might mean (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

DE Andre Carter – 70 of 70
LB Jerod Mayo – 70 of 70
CB Antwaun Molden – 70 of 70
CB Kyle Arrington – 69 of 70
S James Ihedigbo – 63 of 70
DL Vince Wilfork – 63 of 70
S Sterling Moore – 59 of 70
LB Rob Ninkovich – 57 of 70
DE Mark Anderson – 39 of 70
LB Gary Guyton – 37 of 70
DT Kyle Love – 32 of 70
DE Brandon Deaderick – 31 of 70
CB Phillip Adams – 30 of 70
S Ross Ventrone – 18 of 70
LB Tracy White – 16 of 70
DL Gerard Warren – 15 of 70
DL Ron Brace – 14 of 70
CB Julian Edelman – 13 of 70
LB Jermaine Cunningham – 4 of 70

(Included Chiefs delay-of-game penalty, illegal shift penalty and another delay-of-game penalty.)

ANALYSIS: Second-year player Brandon Deaderick played at left defensive end over veteran Shaun Ellis in the base 4-3 defense. That was a noticeable change as Ellis wasn’t charted on the field for a defensive snap. …  Jermaine Cunningham’s four snaps came on the second drive of the game and the only other time he came on the field was on the punt return unit (nice block on Julian Edelman’s 72-yard return for a TD). … Vince Wilfork played every snap in the first half, before getting a slight breather in the second half. This has been a big change this year with Wilfork, as he is staying on the field on third down and in sub packages after being more of a base-defense option in past years.…  Andre Carter went wire to wire as his playing time has increased in recent weeks; one gets the sense that he’s in a groove and the coaches want to keep riding the hot hand. … With the Patriots playing more sub defense the last two weeks, speed rusher Mark Anderson is playing more and is showing up at what he does best – getting after the quarterback. … Tracy White was the nickel linebacker, with Gary Guyton starting at linebacker in the base 4-3. … Safety Sterling Moore was replaced at safety by Ross Ventrone on the final two drives. … Julian Edelman was on for 10 first-half snaps in the dime, and then played three in the second half as the Patriots were in more base 4-3 in the final 30 minutes.