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Highlighting 1st half defensive snaps

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After Thursday's preseason opening win, coach Bill Belichick said, "We looked at a lot of people, a lot of young players, and that was kind of the idea – to get them in there and let them play – and we let them play against some better people there in the beginning of the game, so we’ll get a good evaluation of them."

With this in mind, here is a look at the snaps played by defenders in the first half Thursday night, which highlights the players getting a better look:

CB Darius Butler – 37 of 37

S Patrick Chung – 37 of 37

LB Dane Fletcher – 37 of 37

LB Gary Guyton – 37 of 37

S Brandon Meriweather – 37 of 37

LB Rob Ninkovich – 37 of 37

CB Kyle Arrington – 29 of 37

CB Leigh Bodden – 23 of 37

DE Jermaine Cunningham – 22 of 37

DT Kyle Love – 22 of 37

DE Eric Moore – 22 of 37

DT Darryl Richard – 16 of 37

DE Mark Anderson – 15 of 37

DT Landon Cohen – 15 of 37

DT Steve Williams – 15 of 37*

DT Kade Weston – 6 of 37

*Since released

EXTRA POINT: The primary nickel package, most often called upon on third down, had DE Mark Anderson, DL Landon Cohen, DL Steve Williams and CB Leigh Bodden coming on to the field to replace DE Eric Moore, DE Jermaine Cunningham, DT Kyle Love and DT Darryl Richard. With the extra defensive back, Bodden most often lined up in the slot.