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Monday, September 13, 2010
Moss, Gronkowski lead playtime chart

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A look at the snaps played by Patriots skill-position players on offense in the team’s 38-24 win over the Bengals:

WR Randy Moss – 50 of 62

TE Rob Gronkowski – 47 of 62

TE Alge Crumpler -- 36 of 62

WR Wes Welker – 36 of 62

WR Brandon Tate – 33 of 62

TE Aaron Hernandez – 29 of 62

RB Kevin Faulk – 28 of 62

RB Fred Taylor – 24 of 62

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 10 of 62

WR Matthew Slater -- 9 of 62

FB Sammy Morris – 6 of 62

FB Dan Connolly – 2 of 62

(Three false start penalties and one illegal shift penalty included.)

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: Randy Moss was on the field for 50 of the first 52 snaps before being rested on the final drive. … With just four receivers dressed – and No. 4 Matthew Slater more of a special teamer – the Patriots utilized their tight ends as receivers at times. For example, on the game’s first play, it was a two-tight end set with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, and both were split out wide. Hernandez also lined up in the offensive backfield. … Kevin Faulk’s playing time trumped Fred Taylor’s because of his presence as the primary running back in the two-minute offense. Taylor was rested over three drives in the middle of the game, likely to keep him fresh and limit his exposure to injury. Given the makeup of the running back group, this type of snap distribution looks like something the team will be adopting on a regular basis.