Offensive snaps: Ridley gets run

December, 5, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at snaps played by Patriots' skill-position players in the team's 31-24 win over the Colts, while analyzing what it might mean (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

TE Rob Gronkowski -- 64 of 64
TE Aaron Hernandez -- 53 of 64
WR Wes Welker -- 53 of 64
WR Deion Branch -- 49 of 64
RB Stevan Ridley -- 28 of 64
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- 17 of 64
WR Tiquan Underwood -- 14 of 64
RB Kevin Faulk -- 11 of 64
WR Chad Ochocinco -- 10 of 64
RB Danny Woodhead -- 7 of 64
WR Julian Edelman -- 5 of 64
FB Donald Thomas -- 5 of 64
TE Nate Solder -- 4 of 64

(Includes illegal substitution and offensive holding penalties; does not include kneel-down.)

ANALYSIS: RB BenJarvus Green and RB Danny Woodhead didn't play in the second half, with Stevan Ridley taking all the reps. The 28 snaps for Ridley represented a season-high. His previous high mark for him was 19 snaps against the Raiders on Oct. 2. Ridley's situation seemed to reflect how the coaching staff was maximizing the opportunity to get extended time for some newcomers. ... TE Rob Gronkowski never came off the field, which adds further detail to his impressive performance. ... Veteran receiver Chad Ochocinco had all 10 snaps in the first half, meaning he was either injured or the team wanted to take a closer look at Tiquan Underwood (11 of his 14 snaps in second half) and Julian Edelman (3 of his 5) in the second half. ... When OT Nate Solder moved to TE, it brought rookie Marcus Cannon into the game at RT. Because Solder couldn't go from being an eligible receiver back to the line, he had to leave the field for a play. In all, Cannon took six snaps at RT.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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