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Monday, December 20, 2010
Jets playing-time breakdown

By Rich Cimini

Here is the unofficial snap-count breakdown from the New York Jets' 22-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers (from the press box):

RUNNING BACK
LaDainian Tomlinson --32/57 snaps
Shonn Greene -- 25/57

FULLBACK
Tony Richardson -- 17/57

TIGHT END
Dustin Keller -- 41/57
Ben Hartsock -- 23/57
Rob Turner (OL) -- 22/57
Matt Mulligan -- 2/57

WIDE RECEIVER
Santonio Holmes -- 42/57
Braylon Edwards -- 40/57
Jerricho Cotchery -- 30/57
Brad Smith -- 9/57

Analysis: Obviously, the number that jumps out is Rob Turner, a backup center/guard who was used as an extra tight end in a number of different situations. Often times, he was used alongside RT Wayne Hunter, who started for the injured Damien Woody. Turner helped provide edge pass protection against the likes of outside rushers LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison ... The Jets used a lot of two- and three-TE packages. In fact, they used three tight ends on their second play from scrimmage -- and passed out of the formation. Go figure ... Jerricho Cotchery and Brad Smith were paired together for several plays in two-receiver packages. That may have been a blocking-related move because they seemed to run in most of those situations.