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Monday, December 17, 2012
Snaps: Lloyd misses just 1

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A look at the snaps played by offensive skill-position players in the Patriots’ 41-34 loss to the 49ers, while analyzing what it means (small margin for error):

QB Tom Brady – 96 of 96
TE Aaron Hernandez – 96 of 96
WR Brandon Lloyd – 95 of 96
WR Wes Welker – 89 of 96
RB Danny Woodhead – 76 of 96
WR Deion Branch – 54 of 96
TE Michael Hoomanawanui – 40 of 96
RB Stevan Ridley – 19 of 96
TE Daniel Fells – 8 of 96
RB Shane Vereen – 2 of 96
TE Marcus Cannon – 1 of 96*

(Penalties and spikes included.)

* Cannon gets credit for the snap as he was the extra player, with tackle Nate Solder moved to an eligible receiver.

ANALYSIS: The lone play in which Brandon Lloyd wasn’t on the field was the final play of the third quarter when the Patriots brought on their big package with four tight ends and a running back at the 1-yard line. This was Lloyd's best game as a Patriot (10 catches, 190 yards) … Lloyd and Wes Welker were part of all two-receiver sets. … Deion Branch was the No. 3 receiver. … For the second week in a row, Michael Hoomanawanui served as the second tight end over Daniel Fells. … Running back Stevan Ridley played one snap after his third-quarter fumble while Shane Vereen, whose fumble came out of a two-back package, didn’t play another offensive snap after his fumble. Part of that could be tied to game conditions as the Patriots were forced into passing mode, which is usually Danny Woodhead’s time to shine. … The 96 snaps were a season high, topping the 94 run against the Broncos.