Snaps: Lloyd's standing of note

August, 10, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at the snaps played by offensive skill-position players in the first half of Thursday's preseason opener, and what it might mean:

WR Donte' Stallworth -- 28 of 42
WR Jabar Gaffney -- 23 of 42
WR Julian Edelman -- 22 of 42
QB Tom Brady -- 19 of 42
RB Stevan Ridley -- 19 of 42
WR Brandon Lloyd -- 16 of 42
WR Wes Welker -- 16 of 42
RB Danny Woodhead -- 16 of 42
TE Rob Gronkowski -- 15 of 42
TE Aaron Hernandez -- 14 of 42
QB Ryan Mallett -- 14 of 42
TE Tyler Urban -- 14 of 42
FB Eric Kettani -- 12 of 42
QB Brian Hoyer -- 9 of 42
RB Brandon Bolden -- 7 of 42
TE Alex Silvestro -- 7 of 42
WR Britt Davis -- 1 of 42
RB Shane Vereen -- 0 of 42

ANALYSIS: Tom Brady, Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez only played the first two series, which reflects their status as the top guns on offense. ... Donte' Stallworth saw more action before Jabar Gaffney at receiver (Stallworth played nine snaps on the first two drives before Gaffney even took the field). ... Eric Kettani took advantage of being the only healthy fullback as the Patriots worked the two-back set. ... On the running backs, it looks like the plan was to split halves to give them a chance to get going, which explains Shane Vereen's slow start before he picked it up in the second half.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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