Highlighting 1st half offensive snaps

August, 20, 2011
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A look at the first-half snaps played by Patriots offensive players in the team's 31-14 preseason win over the Buccaneers while analyzing what they mean (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

LT Nate Solder -- 41 of 41
LG Logan Mankins -- 41 of 41
C Dan Koppen -- 41 of 41
RG Dan Connolly -- 41 of 41
RT Sebastian Vollmer -- 41 of 41
QB Tom Brady -- 39 of 41
TE Rob Gronkowski -- 39 of 41
WR Wes Welker -- 31 of 41
WR Deion Branch -- 26 of 41
WR Chad Ochocinco -- 24 of 41
TE Aaron Hernandez -- 21 of 41
RB Danny Woodhead -- 21 of 41
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- 20 of 41
TE Will Yeatman -- 20 of 41
FB Sammy Morris -- 3 of 41
QB Brian Hoyer -- 2 of 41

(Includes unnecessary roughness penalty, illegal blocking penalty and holding penalty.)

ANALYSIS: Yeatman, a rookie free agent from Maryland, got his chance to play with the big boys. He seemed to respond well and could surprise by earning a roster spot over fifth-round pick Lee Smith. ... Ochocinco was pulled off the field by Bill Belichick for two plays after Woodhead's 29-yard run on the opening drive, and the two had an animated chat on the sideline after that. It appeared that Belichick was looking for more blocking effort from Ochocinco, and if that's the case, it explains why Ochocinco was kept on the sideline for the first eight snaps of the team's fifth drive, when the Patriots were calling all running plays. It was almost as if Belichick was saying, "Ochocinco, watch how Branch and Welker block; that's the way it's done." ... Hoyer's two snaps came on the second and third plays of the team's third drive of the game. It was Belichick's way of reminding him to be ready at a moment's notice, which is how it could happen in the regular season.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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