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Monday, September 23, 2013
Offensive snaps: Even split at RB

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at the snaps played by Patriots running backs in the team's 23-3 victory over the Buccaneers, and analyzing what it means (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

ANALYSIS: The main thing that stands out is the even split at running back between Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley, with 26 apiece, and then LeGarrette Blount playing 21 snaps (5 in first half, 16 in second half). That is the true definition of the running-back-by-committee approach. ... When tight end Michael Hoomanawanui started to play more, on the fourth drive, it seemed to coincide with the Patriots' running game getting going. Hoomanawanui had only played two of the team's first 12 snaps before he became a bigger part of the plans. His 16-yard catch-and-run on third-and-19 in the third quarter was one of the unsung "effort" plays of the game as it set up a Stephen Gostkowski 46-yard field goal. ... Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins were the top receivers, with Aaron Dobson the No. 3 and Josh Boyce the No. 4. Both Dobson and Boyce played a season-high total of snaps.