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Offensive snaps: Surprise at No. 3 WR

11/28/2011

PHILADELPHIA – Snaps played by Patriots skill position players on offense in the team’s 38-20 win over the Eagles (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

TE Rob Gronkowski – 70 of 75

TE Aaron Hernandez – 67 of 75

WR Wes Welker – 65 of 75

WR Deion Branch – 56 of 75

WR Julian Edelman – 23 of 75

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 23 of 75

WR Tiquan Underwood – 19 of 75

TE Nate Solder – 19 of 75

RB Shane Vereen – 12 of 75

RB Danny Woodhead – 10 of 75

RB Stevan Ridley – 8 of 75

WR Matthew Slater – 2 of 75

FB Donald Thomas – 1 of 75

(Snaps include 12-men on the field, offside, offside, neutral zone infraction, illegal use of hands, holding and holding penalties. No kneel-down.)

ANALYSIS: The big surprise was at No. 3 receiver with Chad Ochocinco inactive. Tiquan Underwood and Julian Edelman split the role, with Edelman playing in the hurry-up (3 WR/2 TE) package and Underwood coming on in 1-, 2- and 3-receiver packages. It doesn’t look good for 2010 third-round pick Taylor Price, who was healthy enough to dress, that Underwood – signed this week – played over him in that role. Price didn’t play an offensive snap. … Rookie OT Nate Solder played 14 of his 18 snaps as a TE in the first half, as he was thrust into the right tackle role in the final 30 minutes when Sebastian Vollmer was sidelined with a foot injury. … No offensive snaps for veteran RB Kevin Faulk, just some work on special teams (punt return, hands team on onside kick attempts). … The Patriots ran 21 plays without a running back, as they went with a 3 WR/2 TE package in hurry-up situations. That’s why snaps were down for Danny Woodhead and Faulk. … All of rookie RB Shane Vereen’s snaps came on the final two drives.