Arrington's at the top of the Patriots' list

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Arrington's at the top of the Patriots' list

When the 2011 regular season began, the Patriots' corner tandem of the present and future was in the starting lineup.

Devin McCourty, a 2011 first-rounder on one side; rookie Ras-I Dowling, a 2012 second-rounder, on the other.

By the time the 2011 regular season ended, the Patriot who played more snaps than any other New England defender, though, was formerly undrafted corner Kyle Arrington.

He played 972 of the Patriots 1,111 defensive snaps - 87.49 of the total. Behind Arrington were Vince Wilfork (86.14) and McCourty (81.73).
Here's the list in descending order of participation.

Kyle Arrington (972) 87.49
Vince Wilfork (957) 86.14
Devin McCourty (908) 81.73
Rob Ninkovich (894) 80.47
Jerod Mayo (891) 80.2
Andre Carter (740) 66.61
James Ihedigbo (740) 66.61
Kyle Love (552) 49.68
Patrick Chung (542) 48.78
Mark Anderson (434) 39.06
Gary Guyton (397) 35.73
Brandon Spikes (359) 32.31
Shaun Ellis (351) 31.59
Sergio Brown (341) 30.69
Antwaun Molden (307) 27.63
Brandon Deaderick (296) 26.64
Dane Fletcher (275) 24.75
Gerard Warren (250) 22.5
Sterling Moore (242)21.78
Nate Jones (238) 21.96
Tracy White (221) 19.89
Leigh Bodden (218) 19.62
Josh Barrett (217) 19.53
Matt Slater (109) 9.81
Ras-I Dowling (91) 8.19
Julian Edelman (91) 8.19
Ron Brace (56) 5.04
Jermaine Cunningham (45) 4.05
Myron Pryor (35) 3.15
Niko Koutouvides (32) 2.88
Ross Ventrone (28) 2.52
Jeff Tarpinian (22)1.98
Landon Cohen (17) 1.53
Mike Wright (15) 1.35
Alex Silvestro (12) 1.08
Eric Moore (11) 0.99
Rob Gronkowski (2) 0.18

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

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Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass.