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Backup battles: Defensive snap counts

Snap counts from last year could point to the backups most ready to take a step forward in 2011. One player stepped up at defensive tackle and could be relied on more heavily this year while injuries were the story at cornerback, allowing Asher Allen to become a bigger factor.

As the lockout approached 115 days old and labor talks continued, the value of the experienced player increases as the preparation time for the preseason and regular season decreases. During the lockout, players haven't been able to work out at their team facilities and haven't been able to have contact with the coaching staff or any other team employees. But while the returning players are...

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