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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Shotgun sets up direct snap

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the benefits of having quarterback Tom Brady under center more often is that is sets up the possibility for play-action.

Yet last Sunday's win over the Vikings showed that staying in the shotgun can also create opportunties to keep defenses off balance. Danny Woodhead's 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter came on a direct snap play, with Brady in the shotgun and faking as if the snap had come in his direction.

That was one of 20 plays in which Brady lined up in the 'gun last Sunday against the Vikings. Out of 54 snaps (including penalties), that meant that Brady was deep behind center 37 percent of the time.

The season numbers now look like this (small margin for error, includes penalties):

Total snaps: 415
Total shotgun: 183
Percentage: 44.0