Offensive snaps: Ocho can't capitalize

September, 26, 2011
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Snaps played by Patriots skill-position players on offense in the team’s 34-31 loss to the Bills, and analyzing what it might mean (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

TE Rob Gronkowski – 74 of 75
WR Wes Welker – 71 of 75
WR Deion Branch – 69 of 75
WR Chad Ochocinco – 60 of 75
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 28 of 75
RB Danny Woodhead – 24 of 75
WR Julian Edelman – 23 of 75
RB Stevan Ridley – 11 of 75
WR Matthew Slater – 7 of 75
FB Dane Fletcher – 4 of 75
TE Matt Light – 4 of 75

(False start, illegal use of hands, holding and false start penalties included.)

ANALYSIS: In the first two games combined, Chad Ochocinco played a total of 35 snaps. He nearly doubled that output in this game and the Patriots needed more from him (2 catches, 28 yards). His performance was a disappointment. … Strange game for Deion Branch, playing so much and only being targeted three times (0 catches) … Rob Gronkowski is playing at a Pro Bowl level, leaving the field for just one snap, the third of the game on a 4 WR/1 RB package. … Left tackle Matt Light reported to an eligible position on the goal line, with offensive lineman Donald Thomas coming into the game as a sixth lineman. … Rookie RB Stevan Ridley saw his most extended playing time of the season and his effort is likely to earn him more (7 carries, 44 yards).

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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