Offensive snaps: Ridley closes deal

October, 29, 2012
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LONDON – A look at the snaps played by offensive skill-position players in the Patriots’ 45-7 win over the Rams at Wembley Stadium (small margin for error), while analyzing what it might mean:

QB Tom Brady – 62 of 69
TE Rob Gronkowski
– 55 of 69
WR Brandon Lloyd – 53 of 69
WR Deion Branch – 48 of 69
WR Wes Welker – 48 of 69
RB Stevan Ridley – 30 of 69
TE Daniel Fells – 23 of 69
WR Julian Edelman – 21 of 69
RB Danny Woodhead – 20 of 69
RB Shane Vereen – 19 of 69
TE/FB Michael Hoomanawanui – 16 of 69
TE Marcus Cannon – 8 of 69*
QB Ryan Mallett – 7 of 69
WR Matthew Slater – 4 of 69

(Penalties included; kneel-downs not included)

* Snaps credited to him whenever he came on, even if not an eligible receiver.

ANALYSIS: One aspect that stands out is running back Stevan Ridley as the closer. Ridley has played 13 first-half snaps, while fellow backs Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen were on for 12 snaps apiece. But in the second half, it was Ridley’s show – he had 17 snaps, while Woodhead and Vereen had seven apiece. Ridley had 96 of his 127 rushing yards in the second half. … At receiver, Wes Welker remains the No. 2 target even as Julian Edelman has returned from injury. The only time Welker came off the field was in the three-TE package, and for the final 12 snaps after he hurt his left ankle. … No. 3 receiver Deion Branch had double the snaps of second tight end Daniel Fells, which highlighted the team's approach to spread the field with extra receivers, not a second tight end. ... This is the second week in a row that tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is being utilized at fullback. … Ryan Mallett received his first snaps of the year at quarterback, entering with 8:21 remaining.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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