WR depth chart comes into focus

October, 25, 2010
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SAN DIEGO – A look at the snaps played by Patriots skill-position players on offense in the team’s 23-20 win over the Chargers:

TE Aaron Hernandez – 50 of 61
WR Wes Welker – 45 of 61
WR Deion Branch – 43 of 61
TE Alge Crumpler – 38 of 61
RB Danny Woodhead – 36 of 61
TE Rob Gronkowski – 29 of 61
WR Brandon Tate – 24 of 61
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 22 of 61
WR Julian Edelman – 10 of 61
RB/FB Sammy Morris – 5 of 61
FB Dan Connolly – 3 of 61

(Offensive and defensive pass interference penalties included.)

ANALYSIS: The wide receiver depth chart has become more defined, with Deion Branch and Wes Welker the Nos. 1 and 2, and Brandon Tate remaining in the No. 3 spot. When the Patriots acquired Branch, there was some question as to whether Tate’s role would increase, but it has basically remained the same. … The versatility of Aaron Hernandez contributes to his high snap total, as he gives the Patriots a receiver-type option in certain packages, but also plays on the line as a more traditional tight end at times. … At a time when the Patriots are dressing just three running backs, the diminished role of Sammy Morris stands out. … For the third straight week, Danny Woodhead led the team’s running backs in snaps played.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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