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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Breaking down Crable's contribution

By Mike Reiss

Outside linebacker Shawn Crable arrived in New England with high expectations as a 2008 third-round draft choice, but it wasn't until Sunday that he appeared in his first regular-season game with the club.

Crable was on the field for nine snaps, playing exclusively in one of the team's dime packages (6 defensive backs) on the left edge.

Here is a breakdown of his performance:

1. Third-and-14
C.J. Spiller 1-yard reception on shovel pass
Crable's role: Had backside covered, trailed play away from him.

2. Third-and-1
C.J. Spiller 5-yard TD reception
Crable's role: Unblocked on rush, but the ball was out quick.

3. Second-and-6
Incomplete pass
Crable's role: Loses footing on pass rush.

4. Third-and-6
Ryan Fitzpatrick 5-yard rush
Crable's role: Pass rush helps pinch pocket with others, forcing a scramble.

5. Third-and-7
False start penalty on Cornell Green
Crable's role: Lined up across from Green, but didn't seem to create false start.

6. First-and-10
Marshawn Lynch's 5-yard run
Crable's role: Holds edge and then makes tackle on strong pursuit from behind play.

7. Second-and-5
Play: Marshawn Lynch 5-yard run
Crable's role: Blocked at line as run goes up middle.

8. Second-and-10
Play: Jonathan Stupar 10-yard reception
Crable's role: Blocked on pass rush, with RB chip knocking him off balance.

9. Third-and-6
Steve Johnson 14-yard reception
Crable's role: Pass rush, but blocked by Cornell Green in 1-on-1 situation.