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Monday, December 24, 2012
Snaps: 8 is enough for Talib

By Mike Reiss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A look at snaps played by Patriots’ defenders in the team’s 23-16 win over the Jaguars, while analyzing what it might mean (small margin for error):

CB Devin McCourty – 80 of 80
CB Kyle Arrington – 78 of 80
S Steve Gregory – 78 of 80
LB Jerod Mayo – 76 of 80
DL Vince Wilfork – 74 of 80
DE/LB Rob Ninkovich – 73 of 80
S Patrick Chung – 61 of 80
CB Marquice Cole – 57 of 80
DE Chandler Jones – 48 of 80
DL Brandon Deaderick – 47 of 80
DE Justin Francis – 47 of 80
LB Dont’a Hightower – 37 of 80
LB Tracy White – 30 of 80
S Tavon Wilson – 30 of 80
DE Trevor Scott – 28 of 80
DL Kyle Love – 17 of 80
DB Derrick Martin – 10 of 80
CB Aqib Talib – 8 of 80

(Snaps are 1 off as the Patriots had 10 players on the field for one third-quarter play, an incomplete pass. Penalties included.)

ANALYSIS: Devin McCourty switched back to cornerback because Aqib Talib’s playing time was reduced significantly because of a hip injury. Talib didn’t play at all in the second half as he clearly wasn’t running as well as he has, and was holding his hip at times. … Rookie lineman Justin Francis played a season-high 47 snaps as he's really coming on. He drew a holding penalty in run support, but also looked to be the 11th player who didn't come on to the field on the one play the Patriots had just 10 on the field. … On the interior of the defensive line, Brandon Deaderick is making his mark in recent weeks. He’s played 141 snaps over the last three games. In the first 12 games of the season, he played 197. His rise has trimmed back Kyle Love’s playing time. … With middle linebacker Brandon Spikes not dressing, it required Rob Ninkovich to move from end to linebacker at times. … Marquice Cole played in the slot and his 57 snaps nearly matched his season high of 62 against the Bills on Nov. 11. … Safety Patrick Chung’s 61 snaps were his most since Week 5 and reflected how he had a bigger role than he has for most of the season. … DE Chandler Jones saved his best for last as he had some big rushes in the fourth quarter.