Snaps: WR Josh Boyce exits with injury

December, 16, 2013
12/16/13
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MIAMI -- A look at snaps played by Patriots skill-position players in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Dolphins, while analyzing what it means (small margin for error, as charted in press box):

QB Tom Brady -- 81 of 81
WR Julian Edelman -- 79 of 81
TE Michael Hoomanawanui -- 71 of 81
WR Danny Amendola -- 66 of 81
RB Shane Vereen -- 48 of 81
WR Josh Boyce -- 36 of 81
FB James Develin -- 28 of 81
WR Austin Collie -- 22 of 81
RB LeGarrette Blount -- 20 of 81
TE Matthew Mulligan -- 20 of 81
RB Stevan Ridley -- 13 of 81
WR Matthew Slater -- 2 of 81

(Penalties included.)

ANALYSIS: Rookie receiver Josh Boyce didn't play the final three series of the game after playing in both two- and three-receiver packages up to that point. He was seen limping out of the locker room. ... The lone two snaps that Julian Edelman didn't play came in the one-receiver package, with Matthew Slater coming on. ... Danny Amendola opened as the No. 3 receiver before taking snaps in the two-receiver package after Boyce departed. ... Receiver Austin Collie's snaps all came in place of Boyce, on the final three drives. ... At running back, Stevan Ridley was integrated into the mix for the second straight week in a reserve role. The Patriots rotated snaps on a series by series with big backs Ridley and LeGarrette Blount, who started and ended up playing more snaps because he was part of longer drives. ... Shane Vereen led all running backs in snaps for the third straight week. ... At tight end, there is no doubt about Michael Hoomanawanui's health as he returns from a Nov. 18 knee injury, as he assumed No. 1 duties with a 71-snap effort. .... Fullback James Develin was also active, as his 28 snaps represents an increase from his average workload.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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