Mayo, McCourty were ironmen on D - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston Meriweather led the defense in snaps last season but played fewer than James Sanders in game 1. Before the game, Reiss had mentioned something about how he felt the Pats wanted more out of him and were sending him a message. Myron Pryor got lots of playing time, and seems to be a solid part of the DL rotation. Brace also got in some snaps, and didn't look out of place. Hopefully he continues to improve and helps fill Ty Warren's spot.