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Cowboys snap counts: defense

1/6/2014

IRVING, Texas -- No team in the NFL needed more players on defense than the Dallas Cowboys in 2013.

They had 41 defenders with cornerback Brandon Carr playing the most (1,116 snaps) and Dez Bryant playing the least (three). The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints had the second most with 32 players on defense.

In training camp, the Cowboys’ projected defensive line was Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher, Jeremiah Ratliff and DeMarcus Ware. Hatcher played the most snaps (747) but that was only 66 percent of the snaps. Ware missed three games and played 628 snaps (55 percent). Spencer played 34 snaps in one game before his season ended. Ratliff, of course, played none before his release.

Nick Hayden played the most snaps on the defensive line (821). George Selvie did not join the team until training camp began and played 744 snaps.

With Hatcher and Spencer set to be free agents and Ware coming off a career-low six sacks, the Cowboys need to refurbish their defensive line in a way where Hayden and Selvie are not playing as much.

The Cowboys used 20 defensive linemen during the season, although Kyle Wilber moved to linebacker late in the season and played 501 snaps.

It might not have seemed this way, but Jeff Heath played only 79 more snaps than J.J. Wilcox.

Defensive snaps:

1,116 – Brandon Carr

1,088 – Orlando Scandrick

1,015 – Barry Church

874 – Bruce Carter

821 - Nick Hayden

747 – Jason Hatcher

744 – George Selvie

702 – Sean Lee

628 - DeMarcus Ware

594 - Jeff Heath

515 - J.J. Wilcox

506 – Morris Claiborne

501 – Kyle Wilber

380 – Ernie Sims

275 – Jarius Wynn

254 - Drake Nevis

207 – DeVonte Holloman

197 – Justin Durant

178 – B.W. Webb

163 – Will Allen

153 – Everette Brown

144 – Caesar Rayford

117 – Corvey Irvin

81 – Sterling Moore

72 - Edgar Jones

63 – Cameron Lawrence

49 – David Carter

46 – Jason Vega

45 – Jerome Long

38 – Landon Cohen

34 – Anthony Spencer

34 – Frank Kearse

24 – Kyle Bosworth

22 – Micah Pellerin

20 – Everett Dawkins

20 – Martez Wilson

16 – Jakar Hamilton

15 – Marvin Austin

8 – Danny McCray

6 – Orie Lemon

3 – Dez Bryant