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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Final '11 defensive snap counts

By Mike Reiss

A look at the final snap counts for defensive players in the 2011 Patriots season, while analyzing what it means (as charted in the press box, small margin for error):

CB Kyle Arrington -- 86.8%
DL Vince Wilfork -- 86.8%
CB/S Devin McCourty -- 84.2%
LB Jerod Mayo -- 83.1%
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich -- 82.3%
S James Ihedigbo -- 67.7%
S Patrick Chung -- 56.8%
DE Andre Carter -- 55.8%
DL Kyle Love -- 50.5%
DE Mark Anderson -- 47.6%
LB Brandon Spikes -- 40.1%
DL Shaun Ellis -- 31.3%
LB Gary Guyton -- 29.6%
DL Brandon Deaderick -- 28.2%
DL Gerard Warren -- 27.2%
CB/S Sterling Moore -- 26.7%
CB Antwaun Molden -- 26.3%
S Sergio Brown -- 25.6%
LB Dane Fletcher -- 22.4%
LB Tracy White -- 18.3%
DB Nate Jones -- 17.9%
S Josh Barrett -- 16.5%
CB Leigh Bodden -- 16.3%
CB Phillip Adams -- 13.4%
CB Julian Edelman -- 9.3%
DL Albert Haynesworth -- 9.9%
S Matthew Slater -- 8.1%
CB Ras-I Dowling -- 6.8%
DL Ron Brace -- 4.6%
LB/DE Jermaine Cunningham -- 3.6%
LB Niko Koutouvides -- 3.3%
DL Myron Pryor -- 2.6%
S Ross Ventrone -- 2.2%
LB Jeff Tarpinian -- 1.6%
DL Landon Cohen -- 1.3%
DL Mike Wright -- 1.1%
DE Eric Moore -- 0.8%
DL Alex Silvestro -- 0.8%
LB A.J. Edds -- 0.7%
S Rob Gronkowski -- 0.1%

ANALYSIS: Veteran DE Mark Anderson is perhaps the most interesting player to analyze, in part because he's scheduled for unrestricted free agency. In all, his playing time numbers reflect that of a part-time defender (47.6%), but in the final two games of the year, he played every snap but one in each contest. So when considering how the Patriots potentially value Anderson in a negotiation, those final two games could be telling. ... TE Rob Gronkowski played two snaps in Hail Mary situations. He finds himself on the top of the offensive playing time charts, and the bottom of this one. ... Compared to last year, some of the "risers" and "fallers" were noted in this previous blog entry. ... A total of 40 players with at least one snap. In 2010, it was 32 players with at least one snap. In 2009, it was 28. ... Back in training camp, few saw James Ihedigbo leading all safeties (67.7%). His emergence was in part because of injuries to others and ineffectiveness of others, but he also gets credit for being smart and taking advantage of the opportunity. He's a free agent and it makes sense to think the Patriots would like him back to add depth at safety.