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Monday, November 8, 2010
Offensive snaps: Where's Crumpler?

By Mike Reiss

CLEVELAND -- A look at the snaps played by Patriots offensive skill-position players in the team's 34-14 loss to the Browns (as charted in press box):

TE Aaron Hernandez -- 54 of 62
WR Deion Branch -- 48 of 62
RB Danny Woodhead -- 47 of 62
WR Wes Welker -- 46 of 62
TE Rob Gronkowski -- 44 of 62
WR Brandon Tate -- 34 of 62
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- 14 of 62
TE Alge Crumpler -- 9 of 62
WR Julian Edelman -- 9 of 62
FB Dan Connolly -- 4 of 62
FB Sammy Morris -- 1 of 62

(Two false-start penalties and one offensive holding penalty included; kneel-down not included.)

ANALYSIS: One aspect that stands out from the Patriots' personnel usage was how their primary two tight end package featured rookies Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Veteran Alge Crumpler is usually the part of that grouping, but he played a season-low total of snaps (9). The shift came on the Patriots' fourth drive when they went to a no-huddle approach with the two-tight-end package, and continued throughout the game. This probably reflects how the Patriots view Gronkowski and Hernandez as bigger threats as pass-catchers than Crumpler, who is a devastating on-the-line blocker in the run game. ... Unlike last week, receiver Deion Branch didn't seem to be slowed as much by his hamstring injury, as his snaps total reflects (48, second on the team). ... Danny Woodhead played the majority of the running back snaps as the Patriots became more one-dimensional -- favoring the pass -- as they fell behind. ... Sammy Morris' lone snap on offense came when he lined up as a lead-blocking fullback on fourth-and-1 in the second quarter and caught a 22-yard pass.