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Monday, September 24, 2012
Snaps: Welker leads all WRs

By Mike Reiss

BALTIMORE – Snaps played by Patriots skill position players  in the team's 31-30 loss to the Ravens, while analyzing what they might mean (small margin of error):

QB Tom Brady – 82 of 82
TE Rob Gronkowski – 82 of 82
WR Wes Welker – 72 of 82
WR Brandon Lloyd – 65 of 82
RB Danny Woodhead – 51 of 82
WR Deion Branch – 42 of 82
WR Julian Edelman – 38 of 82
RB Stevan Ridley – 26 of 82
TE Michael Hoomanawanui – 18 of 82
RB Brandon Bolden – 5 of 82
TE Daniel Fells – 5 of 82
TE Kellen Winslow – 4 of 82
WR Matthew Slater – 2 of 82

(Includes penalties.)

ANALYSIS: Talk of Wes Welker's role with the team should subside this week after he led all receivers in snaps played. ... With the Patriots pressing the issue with the no-huddle, it called on third-down/passing back Danny Woodhead getting the majority of the snaps over Stevan Ridley at running back. … Julian Edelman played the most snaps of any receiver in the first half (38) but didn’t play in the second half because of a left hand injury. … Matthew Slater came on for Brandon Lloyd for two snaps in the fourth quarter, as the Patriots’ receiver ranks were thinned without Lloyd and Edelman at the time. … Kellen Winslow was part of a two tight end package, while Michael Hoomanawanui was part of two- and three-tight end packages, and Daniel Fells was just part of the three tight-end package.