Defensive snaps: Vince Wilfork earns playing-time incentive

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Snaps played by New England Patriots defenders in Sunday's loss to the Bills:


Sealver Siliga -- 43 of 59

Vince Wilfork -- 38 of 59

Chris Jones -- 26 of 59

Alan Branch -- 25 of 59

Quick-hit thoughts: Wilfork finished the season playing 73.9 percent of the defensive snaps by our count, which qualifies him to earn a $2 million incentive in his contract for hitting the 70-percent mark. When Wilfork signed his contract, the ability to come back from a torn Achilles created some question as to how much of a workload he might be able to handle. He aced that test in 2014.


Rob Ninkovich -- 42 of 59

Chandler Jones -- 41 of 59

Akeem Ayers -- 23 of 59

Zach Moore -- 18 of 59

Quick-hit thoughts: Ninkovich finished the season at 93.9 percent of the snaps played, as he didn't miss a game and was one of the team's most consistent players from an availability standpoint. He and Jones started and played into the second half before giving way to Ayers and Moore in the base defense. Ayers had a few additional snaps as a nickel rusher and made his presence felt.


Jonathan Casillas -- 52 of 59

Darius Fleming -- 34 of 59

Jamie Collins -- 32 of 59

Quick-hit thoughts: Collins started and led the huddle throughout the first half before he was part of a group including quarterback Tom Brady, cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Devin McCourty that sat for the entire second half. That reflects how he is viewed by the coaching staff, as fellow top linebacker Dont'a Hightower was inactive to rest his shoulder. Casillas led the huddle in the second half, and Fleming's 34 snaps represented his most extended playing time in the NFL. The only other game in which he played was at San Diego (2 snaps in base defense).


Logan Ryan -- 58 of 59

Malcolm Butler -- 46 of 59

Revis -- 31 of 59

Quick-hit thoughts: Revis started and played throughout the first half before Butler took his spot. The Patriots were managing injuries at this spot to Brandon Browner (inactive, groin) and Kyle Arrington (active, hamstring, but did not play).


Patrick Chung -- 39 of 59

Tavon Wilson -- 37 of 59

McCourty -- 32 of 59

Duron Harmon -- 31 of 59

Nate Ebner -- 1 of 59

Quick-hit thoughts: Wilson's 37 snaps were a season high as he finished the year at a 16.6-percent clip. He is playing as well as we've seen him over his three-year career, showing some explosion as a blitzer when called upon. He played in both sub and base packages, sometimes rotating with Chung in the base defense. McCourty played the first half before he was part of a small top group that sat in the second half. Ebner's one snap came in the dime package on a third-and-7 play early in the third quarter when Ayers sacked quarterback Kyle Orton.