Offensive snaps for 2010 season

January, 3, 2011
A look at the offensive snaps played by Patriots skill-position players throughout the 2010 season while highlighting what some of the statistics reflect (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

QB Tom Brady -- 962 of 1,012 (95.1 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski -- 756 of 1,012 (74.7 percent)
WR Wes Welker -- 715 of 1,012 (70.7 percent)
TE Alge Crumpler -- 540 of 1,012 (53.4 percent)
WR Deion Branch -- 521 of 1,012 (51.5 percent)
WR Brandon Tate -- 502 of 1,012 (49.6 percent)
TE Aaron Hernandez -- 486 of 1,012 (48.0 percent)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- 423 of 1,012 (41.8 percent)
RB Danny Woodhead -- 394 of 1,012 (38.9 percent)
WR Randy Moss -- 204 of 1,012 (20.2 percent)
WR Julian Edelman -- 174 of 1,012 (17.2 percent)
FB/RB Sammy Morris -- 123 of 1,012 (12.3 percent)
RB Fred Taylor -- 68 of 1,012 (6.7 percent)
RB Kevin Faulk -- 51 of 1,012 (5.0 percent)
QB Brian Hoyer -- 50 of 1,012 (4.9 percent)
FB Dan Connolly -- 30 of 1,012 (3.0 percent)
WR Taylor Price -- 26 of 1,012 (2.6 percent)
WR Matthew Slater - 25 of 1,012 (2.5 percent)
TE Quinn Ojinnaka -- 4 of 1,012 (.4 percent)
TE Mark LeVoir -- 1 of 1,012 (.1 percent)

(Snaps include some penalties, but no kneel-downs.)

ANALYSIS: When Rob Gronkowski was drafted in the second round, one of the big questions was whether the back injury which cost him his final season at Arizona would be a factor in the NFL. If not for the injury, Gronkowski probably would have been a first-round pick. He ended up playing every game and leading all Patriots non-quarterbacks in snaps played. This looks like an example of a draft-day risk paying off, and the Patriots did it in the right spot -- near the top of the second round. ... It's hard to imagine we'll see another Corey Dillon 2004-type season, where he carried 345 times and the next player on the list had 54 carries. It was almost a 50-50 split in snaps played between BenJarvus Green-Ellis (423) and Danny Woodhead (394) and their styles complemented each other extremely well. ... When looking at Deion Branch's playing time (521), it is important to note he was not on the team for the first four games of the season, and also missed the finale. ... Veteran tight end Alge Crumpler, who played every game, has to be considered one of the value signings of 2010 free agency. He's made a big difference on the field and off. ... Receiver Julian Edelman finished with authority (59 of his 174 snaps came in the finale), as his limited repetitions reflected a shift to more multiple tight end sets, as well as the quality of receivers in front of him.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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