Offensive snapshot via playing time

October, 6, 2012
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With a quarter of the season completed, here is an offensive skill-position snapshot of player value through the lens of playing time stats (small margin for error):

QUARTERBACK
Tom Brady (308 of 308) -- 100 percent

Quick-hits: Backup Ryan Mallett yet to come on this season.

RUNNING BACK
Stevan Ridley (145 of 308) -- 47.1 percent
Danny Woodhead (112 of 308) -- 36.4 percent
Brandon Bolden (37 of 308) -- 12.0 percent
Lex Hilliard (8 of 308) -- 2.6 percent
Shane Vereen (8 of 308) -- 2.6 percent
Dan Connolly (3 of 308) -- 1.0 percent

Quick-hits: Ridley has been the lead back, although Woodhead held a 51-26 edge on him in snaps played in Week 3 against the Ravens. ... Bolden's progression of snaps played: 6, 0 5, 26. He is coming on, unless injury derails him. ... Vereen, who injured his foot in the third preseason game Aug. 24, was active for the first time in Week 4.

TIGHT ENDS
Rob Gronkowski (298 of 308) -- 96.8 percent
Aaron Hernandez (70 of 308) -- 22.7 percent
Michael Hoomanawanui (55 of 308) -- 17.9 percent
Daniel Fells (50 of 308) -- 16.2 percent
Kellen Winslow (4 of 308) -- 1.3 percent

Quick-hits: Gronkowski seldom comes off the field, although he was rested for one series apiece in each half last week. ... Hernandez was injured on his third offensive play Sept. 16 against the Cardinals, which has affected his playing time total. ... Fells is third on the depth chart, followed by Hoomanawanui. His playing time total is down after he missed the first two games and played sparingly in the third. ... Visanthe Shiancoe is on the injured-reserve list and is only weeks away from being eligible to return to action.

WIDE RECEIVER
Brandon Lloyd (280 of 308) -- 90.9 percent
Wes Welker (252 of 308) -- 81.8 percent
Julian Edelman (136 of 308) -- 44.2 percent
Deion Branch (78 of 308) -- 25.3 percent
Matthew Slater (4 of 308) -- 1.3 percent

Quick-hits: Lloyd, who brings more of an outside presence to the attack, has been No. 1 on the depth chart. ... Welker's playing time progression: 43, 63, 72, 74. In the first two games, he was splitting snaps with Edelman in two-WR/two-TE grouping. With Edelman injured, it altered the equation. ... Branch is the No. 3 receiver until Edelman returns.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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