Defensive snaps: Sean Lee never comes off field

September, 25, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while analyzing what it means:

Sean Lee: 60 of 60
Brandon Carr: 57 of 60
Morris Claiborne: 56 of 60
DeMarcus Ware: 55 of 60
Anthony Spencer: 54 of 60
Bruce Carter: 53 of 60
Jason Hatcher: 47 of 60
Danny McCray: 46 of 60
Barry Church: 37 of 60
Sean Lissemore: 36 of 60
Orlando Scandrick: 32 of 60
Mike Jenkins: 31 of 60
Josh Brent-Price: 26 of 60
Marcus Spears: 22 of 60
Tyrone Crawford: 17 of 60
Victor Butler: 13 of 60
Mana Silva: 12 of 60
Dan Connor: 3 of 60
LaQuan Lewis: 1 of 60

Mike Jenkins debuted last week with a handful of plays, but he was outstanding when he was on the field against Tampa Bay, which will make it easier for the Cowboys to use Brandon Carr at safety, if they must, to compensate for the loss of Barry Church for the rest of the season. ... For the second time in three games, linebacker Sean Lee participated in every play. He leads the team in tackles and is a bonafide playmaker, which is why defensive coordinator Rob Ryan never wants to take him off the field. ... Victor Butler played sparingly, but he made a couple of good plays against the run. If he continues, then he’ll see his playing time increase. Ryan’s top priority is stopping the run. ... Dan Connor has 18 snaps on defense this season, which should be viewed more as a positive about Bruce Carter than a negative about Connor. ... Rookie Tyrone Crawford’s playing time increased for the third consecutive week. He had one pressure and was solid against the run.
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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