Dallas Cowboys: Josh Brent-Price

A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 19-14 win over the Carolina Panthers, while analyzing what it means:

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Gerald Sensabaugh: 62 of 62
Bruce Carter: 62 of 62
Morris Claiborne: 61 of 62
Brandon Carr: 61 of 62
DeMarcus Ware: 58 of 62
Danny McCray: 51 of 62
Jay Ratliff: 46 of 62
Orlando Scandrick: 41 of 62
Jason Hatcher: 38 of 62
Sean Lee: 35 of 62
Kenyon Coleman: 25 of 62
Josh Brent-Price: 22 of 62
Dan Connor: 20 of 62
Marcus Spears: 15 of 62
Tyrone Crawford: 13 of 62
Eric Frampton: 13 of 62
Victor Butler: 5 of 62
Mike Jenkins: 1 of 62
Orie Lemon: 1 of 62

Mike Jenkins was on the field for one play, which represents the least he’s played in a game this season. The Cowboys limited Jenkins’ role this week because Carolina relies on a physical run-oriented approach and they wanted more linebackers and defensive linemen in the game. ... Victor Butler failed to take advantage of opportunity with Anthony Spencer our of the lineup. Butler played sparingly and Alex Albright didn’t get on the field as a defensive player. ... With Sean Lee out with a sprained toe, Dan Connor did a good job, contributing a couple of huge plays in the second half. Bruce Carter played more than usual and called the defensive signals. ... The Cowboys need to find more playing time for Josh Brent-Price because he’s been disruptive and it keeps Jay Ratliff fresher.
IRVING - A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 31-29 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, while analyzing what it means:

Gerald Sensabaugh: 51 of 51
Sean Lee: 51 of 51
Bruce Carter: 51 of 51
Danny McCray: 50 of 51
DeMarcus Ware: 47 of 51
Brandon Carr: 46 of 51
Jason Hatcher: 39 of 51
Morris Claiborne: 37 of 51
Jay Ratliff: 37 of 51
Victor Butler: 36 of 51
Orlando Scandrick: 31 of 51
Kenyon Coleman: 23 of 51
Tyrone Crawford: 15 of 51
Josh Brent-Price: 13 of 51
Alex Albright: 13 of 51
Dan Connor: 12 of 51
Mike Jenkins: 6 of 51
Kyle Wilber: 2 of 51
Sean Lissemore: 1 of 51

Taylor's Takes: Jay Ratliff played his first game of the season, and the Cowboys certainly didn’t give him a light workload. Jason Hatcher was the only defensive lineman with more snaps, although Baltimore had the ball for only 19 minutes and 51 plays. Still, Ratliff’s presence meant Josh Brent-Price played his fewest snaps of the season. ... With Anthony Spencer out for the second consecutive week with a strained chest muscle, Victor Butler and Alex Albright split the workload. Butler tied for the team lead with five tackles and Albright made a tackle for loss on third down. ... A high ankle sprain limited Sean Lissemore to just one play. His energy will be missed. ... Another shoulder injury limited Mike Jenkins to just a handful plays, when the idea was to rotate him every two series with Morris Claiborne.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s season-opening 24-17 win over the New York Giants and analyzing what it means:

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Gerald Sensabaugh: 56 of 56
Barry Church: 56 of 56
Sean Lee: 56 of 56
Anthony Spencer: 55 of 56
Brandon Carr: 54 of 56
Morris Claiborne: 54 of 56
DeMarcus Ware: 51 of 56
Jason Hatcher: 43 of 56
Bruce Carter: 30 of 56
Orlando Scandrick: 30 of 56
Sean Lissemore: 27 of 56
Kenyon Coleman: 24 of 56
Josh Brent23 of 56
Mana Silva: 22 of 56
Marcus Spears: 18 of 56
Mario Butler: 7 of 56
Victor Butler: 7 of 56
Dan Connor: 4 of 56
Tyrone Crawford: 3 of 56

It’s pretty clear Bruce Carter has won the inside linebacker job, considering he was on the field for 30 plays and Dan Connor played just four in the base 3-4 defense. Carter, a second-round pick last season, played just 41 snaps in 2011 as he recovered from a torn ACL he suffered in November 2010 at North Carolina. ... Sean Lissemore and Josh Brent, as expected, split Jay Ratliff's duties at nose tackle. ... Sean Lee, an emerging star this season, was the only member of the front seven on the field for every defensive snap. ... Rob Ryan must feel good about the depth on the defensive line with five guys playing between 18 and 43 plays. ... Anthony Spencer was terrific against the Giants, which meant there was virtually no playing time for Victor Butler. ... Mana Silva was on the field for 22 plays, an indication Ryan likes the concept of playing an extra safety, usually Danny McCray, in coverage instead of two linebackers when he uses schemes with six defensive backs. Since McCray (sore neck) missed the game, Church moved into the linebacker slot and Silva took his spot at safety.