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Dan Koppen & the shotgun snap

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In a week where the Patriots made a change at long snapper -- signing Matt Katula to replace Jake Ingram -- it is topical to highlight the team's other snapper.

Because the Patriots line up in the shotgun as much as any team in the NFL, center Dan Koppen's ability to snap is a skill that is easy to overlook. It's the type of thing that isn't mentioned until there is a mistake, or a player struggles and has to change positions (e.g. Damien Woody).

Here are the Patriots' season shotgun numbers:

Total offensive snaps: 477

Total shotgun snaps: 214

Percentage: 44.8