Ravens' snap-count analysis: Defensive line

The Baltimore Ravens blog is reviewing the breakdown of snaps at each position for the 2014 season:

DEFENSIVE LINE (1,034 total snaps)

NT Brandon Williams 524 snaps (50.6 percent)

DT Haloti Ngata 504 snaps (48.7 percent)

DE Chris Canty 327 snaps (31.6 percent)

DT Timmy Jernigan 290 snaps (28 percent)

DE DeAngelo Tyson 264 snaps (25.5 percent)

DE Lawrence Guy 200 snaps (19.3 percent)

DT Christo Bilukidi 45 snaps (4.3 percent)

DT Casey Walker 9 snaps (1 percent)

NT Terrence Cody 8 snaps (1 percent)

This marked the first time since 2009 that Ngata didn't lead the Ravens' defensive linemen in snaps. Before his four-game suspension in December, he was on pace to participate in 65 percent of the Ravens' defensive plays. From 2010 to 2013, Ngata ranked fourth among all NFL interior linemen in snaps with 3,005 (an average of 751 per year).

Williams went from playing the fewest amount of snaps on the Ravens' defensive line in 2013 (8 percent) to logging the most plays in 2014, when he was a first-year starter. Only two interior linemen played more snaps than Williams in the AFC North (Cincinnati's Geno Atkins and Domata Peko). Williams' 524 snaps are the second-most by a Ravens nose tackle since 2008.

Canty missed five games (four for a wrist injury and one for an ankle), which caused him to play 211 fewer snaps in 2014. Jernigan, a second-round pick, played the fourth-most snaps among Ravens rookies. After joining the Ravens in Week 4, Guy had the second-most snaps of any Ravens backup defensive linemen. Cody went from playing 21 percent of the defensive snaps in 2013 to less than 1 percent in 2014.

For the snap-count analysis of the Ravens' positions on offense, you can click here for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and offensive linemen.