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Saturday, November 2, 2013
Midseason snap counts: Defense

By Rich Cimini

A position-by-position breakdown of the New York Jets' playing time on defense (based on 552 snaps):


Muhammad Wilkerson -- 518 snaps/94 percent

Sheldon Richardson -- 433 snaps/78 percent

Damon Harrison -- 242 snaps/44 percent

Leger Douzable -- 95 snaps/17 percent

Kenrick Ellis -- 87 snaps/16 percent

Analysis: They rely on only three linemen, which is pretty remarkable -- although it should be noted they have outside linebackers that fill defensive-line roles. Wilkerson is logging a lot of plays. It's tough to take your best player off the field, but an occasional rest might help his stamina for later in the season. Harrison and Ellis are two-down players. Richardson is providing more than expected.


David Harris -- 550 snaps/99 percent

DeMario Davis -- 539 snaps/98 percent

Calvin Pace -- 429 snaps/78 percent

Quinton Coples -- 320 snaps/58 percent

Garrett McIntyre -- 211 snaps/38 percent

Antwan Barnes -- 145 snaps/26 percent

Ricky Sapp -- 8 snaps/1 percent

Nick Bellore -- 2 snaps/.4 percent

Troy Davis -- 1 snap/.2 percent

Analysis: The Jets have an unusual situation in that Harris and Davis almost never come off the field. They're included in the dime package because they use only three down linemen in that package. Pace is down about 15 percent from last season, but that's a smart move by the coaching staff. He's fresher and more productive in a scaled-down role. Coples missed two games with a fractured ankle. He has played 75 percent in the game he's been active. They miss Barnes, who is done for the season.


Dawan Landry -- 546 snaps/99 percent

Antonio Cromartie -- 545 snaps/99 percent

Antonio Allen -- 360 snaps/65 percent

Kyle Wilson -- 285 snaps/52 percent

Darrin Walls -- 272 snaps/49 percent

Dee Milliner -- 215 snaps/39 percent

Jaiquawn Jarrett -- 191 snaps/35 percent

Josh Bush -- 43 snaps/8 percent

Isaiah Trufant -- 31 snaps/6 percent

Ellis Lankster -- 14 snaps/3 percent

Analysis: Who could've predicted that Walls, a former undrafted free agent, would have more snaps than Milliner, the ninth pick in the draft? Milliner missed three games with a hamstring injury and was benched in parts of two others. Landry and Cromartie have combined for nearly 1,100 snaps, yet they have only one interception between them. That's not terribly productive. Wilson has been used almost exclusively in the nickel, and there are times when they don't use their nickel defense against three-receiver packages.