Offensive snaps: Green-Ellis time

October, 10, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at snaps played by Patriots skill-position players in Sunday's 30-21 win over the Jets, while analyzing what they might mean (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

WR Wes Welker -- 78 of 81
WR Deion Branch -- 72 of 81
TE Rob Gronkowski -- 66 of 81
TE Aaron Hernandez -- 65 of 81
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- 61 of 81
WR Chad Ochocinco -- 32 of 81
RB Stevan Ridley -- 13 of 81
TE Thomas Welch -- 13 of 81
FB Dane Fletcher -- 3 of 81
WR Matthew Slater -- 2 of 81

(All plays in which Thomas Welch came on to the field, even when his presence made Nate Solder an eligible receiver, were credited to Welch. Snaps include 12-men-on-the-field penalty, facemask, false start, holding, illegal contact, false start and pass interference penalties.)

ANALYSIS: The Patriots leaned heavily on BenJarvus Green-Ellis as 61 snaps is an extremely high total. Part of the reason the number was so high is that Green-Ellis, in addition to his regular duties, played Danny Woodhead's role in passing situations. That reflects the coaching staff's view that he's most reliable protecting Tom Brady among the team's healthy backs. ... Wes Welker played every snap but the final three when the Patriots were attempting to run out the clock with their power package. ... Chad Ochocinco remains the No. 3 receiver. He played 24 first-half snaps and eight second-half snaps. ... Second-year receiver Taylor Price and rookie running back Shane Vereen did not play on offense.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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