You would think that the defensive coaches for the New England Patriots would know how good their players are by now. While most of the right players are getting more snaps, it baffles the mind how Kyle Arrington is still playing in almost every defensive snap.
Arrington played in 61 of a possible 63 snaps against the Miami Dolphins. He went down briefly with an injury, though it is unclear whether he missed both of his snaps due to that. While he was in there, Arrington was matched up against Mike Wallace for some reason. Granted, Wallace has been the Dolphins’ second-most productive pass catcher behind Brian Hartline, but putting Arrington on Wallace is utterly baffling.
Wallace is still one of fastest players in the NFL, and could have easily burned Arrington more than he did.
Outside of Wallace’s 39-yard touchdown reception which was charged to Arrington’s replacement, Marquice Cole, Arrington gave up five receptions for 66 yards to Wallace. Not to mention, Wallace burned Arrington badly on another play, only to find the football being under-thrown by Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill’s bad pass gave Arrington enough time to catch up and deflect the football. In other words, Arrington got very lucky.
Lucky is an understatement when it comes down to why Arrington played more snaps than both Alfonzo Dennard (57) and Logan Ryan (17). Dennard had a knee problem a couple of weeks ago, so maybe the coaches were giving him some rest. Ryan, however, was fully healthy. Yet, he played 44 fewer snaps than Arrington while still managing to outplay the veteran. Ryan almost had an interception, and contested the ball well in his limited time.
It is not clear what Matt Patricia is seeing on film. Ryan is clearly a better cornerback than Arrington, yet the latter continues to get way more playing time. Maybe it will take Arrington getting torched in a potential playoff game for Patricia to realize that Arrington is not one of the three best cornerbacks on the team.
Then again, Arrington might just play more snaps than any other Patriots cornerback for the rest of the season. That is how much his defensive coaches love him.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.