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Monday, October 1, 2012
Offensive snaps: Full load for Welker

By Mike Reiss

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A look at snaps played by offensive skill position players in Sunday's 52-28 win over the Bills, while analyzing what it means:

QB Tom Brady -- 77 of 77
WR Brandon Lloyd -- 76 of 77
WR Wes Welker -- 74 of 77
TE Rob Gronkowski -- 68 of 77
TE Daniel Fells -- 45 of 77
WR Deion Branch -- 36 of 77
RB Stevan Ridley -- 34 of 77
RB Brandon Bolden -- 26 of 77
RB Danny Woodhead -- 10 of 77
RB Shane Vereen -- 8 of 77
TE Michael Hoomanawanui -- 7 of 77
FB Dan Connolly -- 1 of 77

ANALYSIS: With Julian Edelman out with a hand injury, Wes Welker elevated up the depth chart and took all of the reps in the two-receiver grouping along with Brandon Lloyd. The only snaps he didn't play were in the 1-receiver/3-tight end grouping and at the goal-line. While Welker had a second-quarter fumble, he was otherwise remarkable. His third-down catch on the Patriots' final scoring drive was terrific. ... The only snap Brandon Lloyd didn't play was at the goal-line on Stevan Ridley's 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, as the Patriots went to their jumbo package (3 TE/1 FB/1 RB). ... Elsewhere at receiver, Deion Branch wasn't targeted on his 36 snaps. ... Tight end Rob Gronkowski, for the first time this season, sat out a series in each half. That was likely a result of him landing on the injury report Friday (hip) and the team pacing him. ... Tight end Daniel Fells' 45 snaps were a season-high for him as he became a bigger part of the offensive mix and showed up strong from a run-blocking perspective. ...  At running back, Stevan Ridley's snaps were split 17/17 between the first half and second half, while Brandon Bolden had six snaps in the first half and 20 in the second half.