Snaps: Hernandez 3rd TE again

November, 22, 2010
11/22/10
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at the snaps played by offensive skill-position players in the Patriots' 31-28 victory over the Colts at Gillette Stadium:

WR Deion Branch -- 52 of 58
WR Wes Welker -- 49 of 58
TE Rob Gronkowski -- 48 of 58
TE Alge Crumpler -- 38 of 58
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- 35 of 58
RB Danny Woodhead -- 22 of 58
TE Aaron Hernandez -- 18 of 58
WR Brandon Tate -- 15 of 58
WR Julian Edelman -- 7 of 58
FB Sammy Morris -- 6 of 58

(Includes defensive pass interference penalty; does not include three kneel-downs)

ANALYSIS: Similar to last week in Pittsburgh, the Patriots utilized Rob Gronkowski and Alge Crumpler as the primary tight ends, with Aaron Hernandez the third option. The tight ends showed up more in the blocking game, as they were targeted just twice in the passing game -- Gronkowski with a 25-yard catch and Hernandez with the big 8-yard touchdown in the second quarter. ... At receiver, the majority of two-receiver sets had Deion Branch and Wes Welker. Usually, Brandon Tate will be integrated more into the mix, but his playing time was probably down because he wasn't 100 percent with flu-like symptoms. ... The Patriots ran six plays with Sammy Morris as a lead-blocking fullback, which was more than the norm. ... The Patriots established the running game in the first half with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who played 19 of the 28 snaps in the opening 30 minutes.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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