Monday, October 7, 2013
Offensive snaps: Bolden leads RBs
By Mike Reiss
CINCINNATI -- A look at the snaps played by New England Patriots offensive skill position players in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and analyzing what it means (as charted in press box, small margin for error):
* Cannon gets credit for the snaps as he was the extra player to come on, even though left tackle Nate Solder was utilized as an eligible receiver on those plays.
ANALYSIS: At halftime, the Patriots had a more even split among running backs Brandon Bolden (18) and LeGarrette Blount (15) but the final numbers heavily favored Bolden as the team leaned toward more passing situations in the second half. Blount played eight snaps after his second-quarter fumble. ... At receiver, Danny Amendola was managed as he played all but one of his snaps in either the three-receiver or four-receiver packages. ... Kenbrell Thompkins and Julian Edelman remained the top two receivers on the depth chart, with Aaron Dobson the No. 3. Looking back, one wonders if the Patriots coaching staff might regret not having Dobson on the field for a third-and-goal play from the 1. At 6-foot-3, he might have been the best choice to throw a fade to when compared with the three receivers the Patriots had on the field -- Thompkins (6-1), Edelman (5-10) and Amendola (5-11).