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Sunday, January 5, 2014
Final playing-time breakdown: DL/LB

By Rich Cimini

Continuing our analysis of 2013 playing time:

Defensive snaps: 1,100.

Defensive Line:

Muhammad Wilkerson -- 1.039 snaps/95 percent

Sheldon Richardson -- 880 snaps/80 percent

Damon Harrison -- 497 snaps/45 percent

Leger Douzable -- 236 snaps/21 percent

Kenrick Ellis -- 208 snaps/19 percent

Analysis: It never became a story during the season, but Wilkerson was overworked. He hardly came off the field, which probably explains why his production dipped over the final few games. Only three defensive linemen played more snaps than Wilkerson -- Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich of the New England Patriots and Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings. It's an issue the coaching staff should examine before next season. ... That they made it through the season with only five linemen is a rare accomplishment. No one missed a game. Tough group. ... The Jets were in nickel about 60 percent of the time, which explains the relatively low snap count for Harrison, who played in the base.

Linebacker:

David Harris -- 1,098 snaps/99.8 percent

Demario Davis -- 1,046 snaps/95 percent

Calvin Pace -- 869 snaps/79 percent

Quinton Coples -- 817 snaps/74 percent

Garrett McIntyre -- 256 snaps/23 percent

Antwan Barnes -- 145 snaps/13 percent

Ricky Sapp -- 17 snaps/2 percent

Troy Davis -- 16 snaps/1.5 percent

Jermaine Cunningham -- 7 snaps/0.6 percent

Nick Bellore -- 2 snaps/0.2 percent

Scott Solomon -- 0 snaps

Analysis: Harris missed two snaps in Week 3 when he suffered a gash on his shin, and that was it. (It afforded Bellore his only playing time on defense.) Harris and Davis, a first-year starter, were every-down linebackers. The Jets were unusual in that they often kept four linebackers on the field in most sub packages, with Coples and Pace dropping into three-point stances. ... The coaching staff did a nice job of managing Pace's playing time, providing proper rest. It kept him fresh, contributing to his 10-sack season. ... Coples missed the first two games because of a broken ankle, but he quickly worked his way into an every-down role. ... Barnes would've finished with close to 500 snaps if he had remained healthy. They missed his edge-rushing ability. ... Sapp and Solomon are no longer on the team.