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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Snaps: Stallworth chips in with 20

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Snaps played by Patriots’ offensive skill-position players in Monday’s 42-14 win over the Texans, while analyzing what it might mean (small margin for error):

QB Tom Brady – 68 of 73
TE Aaron Hernandez – 68 of 73
WR Brandon Lloyd – 66 of 73
WR Wes Welker – 66 of 73
TE Michael Hoomanawanui – 43 of 73
RB Stevan Ridley – 31 of 73
RB Shane Vereen – 24 of 73
WR Donte’ Stallworth – 20 of 73
RB Danny Woodhead – 16 of 73
WR Matthew Slater – 11 of 73
TE Daniel Fells – 9 of 73
TE Visanthe Shiancoe – 8 of 73
QB Ryan Mallett – 5 of 73
RB Brandon Bolden – 3 of 73

(No kneeldowns included.)

ANALYSIS: Donte’ Stallworth helped fill out the team’s three-receiver package, playing exclusively in that grouping. His final play was his 63-yard touchdown catch-and-run in the third quarter. Fellow receiver Matthew Slater also chipped in and played a season-high 11 snaps on offense, but the offense leaned hevaier on its top two targets in Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker. … At tight end, Michael Hoomanawanui leaped over Daniel Fells on the depth chart as the No. 2 option this week (43 snaps to Fells’ 9). … Lead running back Stevan Ridley went a 19-snap stretch without being on the field between the second and third quarters, but it seemed like it was more game-plan related than anything. Ridley had played nine snaps after his first-quarter fumble.