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Patriots' defensive snaps: Ninkovich dips

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- A look at snaps by New England Patriots players on defense in the team's season-opening 33-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins (includes penalties):

DEFENSIVE LINE/ON-THE-LINE LINEBACKER:

Dont'a Hightower -- 74 of 74

Chandler Jones -- 70 of 74

Vince Wilfork -- 50 of 74

Sealver Siliga -- 41 of 74

Rob Ninkovich -- 35 of 74

Joe Vellano -- 32 of 74

Dominique Easley -- 27 of 74

Quick-hit thought: Ninkovich played 95 percent of the defensive snaps in 2013, so seeing him in a part-time role caught the eye, as he was taken off the field in sub packages and replaced by cornerback Kyle Arrington. The Patriots seemed to miss his pass-rush abilities at times in sub. Noticed more of Hightower playing toward the line of scrimmage instead of in a cover-based role, which appears to play better to his strengths.

OFF-THE-LINE LINEBACKER:

Jerod Mayo -- 74 of 74

Jamie Collins -- 73 of 74

Quick-hit thought: Collins looked like his gas tank was on empty by the end of the game.

SECONDARY:

Devin McCourty -- 73 of 74

Darrelle Revis -- 65 of 74

Alfonzo Dennard -- 50 of 74

Patrick Chung -- 47 of 74

Kyle Arrington -- 31 of 74

Malcolm Butler -- 27 of 74

Tavon Wilson -- 22 of 74

Logan Ryan -- 18 of 74

Duron Harmon -- 4 of 74

Nate Ebner -- 1 of 74

Quick-hit thought: Revis missed the final nine snaps because of cramping. The repetitions at the second cornerback and second safety spots were spread around a bit, but it gave a glimpse of how the coaching staff views the personnel because Alfonzo Dennard got the majority of snaps as the No. 2 cornerback while Patrick Chung took the most No. 2 safety reps. A bit surprising to see such a low playing-time total for Harmon, who was the No. 3 safety in 2013. Meanwhile, Wilson's 22 defensive snaps exceeded his total for all of last season (18).