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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Quarterly playing-time report: Defense

By Rich Cimini

Here we are, at the three-quarter mark of the season. Here's a breakdown of the defensive snaps from the third quarter of the season, games nine to 12 (based on 262 snaps):

Muhammad Wilkerson -- 219 snaps/84 percent
Mike DeVito -- 152 snaps/58 percent
Quinton Coples -- 103 snaps/39 percent
Sione Pouha -- 81 snaps/31 percent
Kenrick Ellis -- 18 snaps/7 percent
Damon Harrison -- 2 snaps/1 percent

Analysis: Remember draft day, when Rex Ryan anointed Coples as a starter? How's that working out? DeVito answered the challenge and is having a solid season while Coples has made no impact as a rookie. Po'uha continues to battle a bad back. Wilkerson keeps getting better.

David Harris -- 262 snaps/100 percent
Calvin Pace -- 243 snaps/93 percent
Bryan Thomas -- 164 snaps/63 percent
Bart Scott -- 117 snaps/43 percent
DeMario Davis -- 91 snaps/35 percent
Garrett McIntyre -- 79 snaps/30 percent
Ricky Sapp -- 42 snaps/16 percent

Analysis: The Scott-Davis situation is curious, changing week to week. Clearly, the coaches like Scott's toughness, but they're intrigued by Davis' athleticism. This unit will have a completely different look next season.

Yeremiah Bell -- 262 snaps/100 percent
LaRon Landry -- 262 snaps/100 percent
Antonio Cromartie -- 261 snaps/99 percent
Kyle Wilson -- 250 snaps/95 percent
Eric Smith -- 145 snaps/55 percent
Ellis Lankster -- 128 snaps/49 percent
Donnie Fletcher -- 5 snaps/2 percent
Josh Bush -- 1 snap/1 percent
Isaiah Trufant -- 1 snap/1 percent

Analysis: Bell deserves a medal; he hasn't missed a snap all season. Trufant had assumed the nickel-back role, but suffered a season-ending injury, giving Lankster a reprieve. Smith, finally healthy, is back to a consistent role in the sub groupings.