Offensive snaps: Even for Edelman

January, 23, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at snaps played by Patriots skill-position players in the team's 23-20 win over the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game, while analyzing what it might mean (as charted in press box):

TE Aaron Hernandez -- 67 of 67
WR Wes Welker -- 65 of 67
WR Deion Branch -- 61 of 67
TE Rob Gronkowski -- 58 of 67
WR Julian Edelman -- 27 of 67
RB Danny Woodhead -- 25 of 67
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- 24 of 67
TE Nate Solder -- 3 of 67
FB Lousaka Polite -- 2 of 67
WR Tiquan Underwood -- 2 of 67
WR Matthew Slater -- 1 of 67

(One offsides penalty included; kneel-downs not included.)

ANALYSIS: Julian Edelman had an even split of snaps in the game -- 27 on offense, 27 on defense. Edelman emerged as the third receiver over Tiquan Underwood and inactive Chad Ochocinco. He was part of the 3 WR/2 TE package which has been productive in recent weeks, and also was tapped for more action in the time TE Rob Gronkowski was in the locker room having his left ankle examined. The Patriots don't have a true backup for Gronkowski, which explains why they turned to a receiver. Edelman played slot cornerback on defense. ... TE Rob Gronkowski missed nine plays with his ankle injury. That was the only time he left the field, as fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez went wire to wire. ... WR Matthew Slater's lone snap was on the long-ball interception by Tom Brady in the end zone. ... The only time Wes Welker came off was on the goal-line in the team's power package on the goal line with three tight ends and lead-blocking fullback Lousaka Polite. ... On the RB snaps, Danny Woodhead had 19 in the first half, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis had eight. In the second half, Green-Ellis was the closer with 16 snpas, while Woodhead had six.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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