Snaps: Hernandez for 38

October, 15, 2012
10/15/12
4:30
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SEATTLE, Wash. – Offensive snaps played by offensive skill-position players in the Patriots’ 24-23 loss to the Seahawks, while analyzing what it might mean (small margin for error):

WR Brandon Lloyd – 82 of 87
WR Wes Welker – 77 of 87
TE Rob Gronkowski –70 of 87
WR Deion Branch – 63 of 87
TE Aaron Hernandez – 38 of 87
RB Stevan Ridley – 35 of 87
RB Danny Woodhead – 29 of 87
TE Daniel Fells – 17 of 87
RB Brandon Bolden – 13 of 87
TE Nick McDonald – 5 of 87
FB Dan Connolly – 4 of 87
WR Matthew Slater – 2 of 87
RB Shane Vereen – 0 of 87

(Includes penalties.)

ANALYSIS: Including penalties, the Patriots had 87 snaps while the Seahawks had 56. That discrepancy contributed to the frustration of players afterwards, as they knew they let a golden opportunity slip past them. .,. Tight end Aaron Hernandez gave the Patriots more than expected – 18 snaps in the first half and then 20 in the second half. … Tight end Rob Gronkowski was managed a little more carefully this week, getting a a break on a couple of series. … Can’t say enough about the toughness and production of Wes Welker. He was easily the team’s top bright spot in the game. … Deion Branch’s high playing time total was a result of the Patriots liking the matchup against the Seahawks’ nickel package, which led the Patriots to bring on Branch, their No. 3 receiver, more often.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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