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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Breaking down Patriots' offensive snaps

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Breaking down the Patriots' offensive snaps from Friday's preseason game against the Eagles:

OFFENSIVE LINE:
G/T Jordan Devey -- 91 of 91
G Josh Kline -- 51 of 91
OT Marcus Cannon -- 45 of 91
G Chris Barker -- 43 of 91
T Nate Solder -- 42 of 91
T Cameron Fleming -- 39 of 91
C Dan Connolly -- 35 of 91
C Braxston Cave -- 29 of 91
C Ryan Wendell -- 27 of 91
G Jon Halapio -- 26 of 91
G Logan Mankins -- 22 of 91
T Sebastian Vollmer -- 22 of 91

Quick-hit thought: Devey, a first-year player out of Memphis who spent last season on the practice squad, is getting a long look from the coaching staff, as he has some guard/tackle versatility. Connolly started at center for the second straight week as the competition in the pivot continues to tilt in his direction from a playing-time perspective.

QUARTERBACK:
Ryan Mallett -- 39 of 91
Jimmy Garoppolo -- 30 of 91
Tom Brady -- 22 of 91

Quick-hit thought: This was a night to see how Garoppolo responded by entering the game earlier, on the third series, and the second-round pick mostly passed the test by finishing out the first half after Brady's two series. One downer was the inability to spark the two-minute offense at the end of the half. Mallett played the entire second half.

WIDE RECEIVER:
Josh Boyce -- 56 of 91
Brian Tyms -- 42 of 91
Brandon LaFell -- 37 of 91
Kenbrell Thompkins -- 37 of 91
Julian Edelman -- 22 of 91
Wilson Van Hooser -- 13 of 91
Derrick Johnson -- 10 of 91
Danny Amendola -- 10 of 91

Quick-hit thought: The Patriots opened with Thompkins and Edelman as their top two receivers, which meant Amendola played only in three- and four-receiver packages on the first two drives, hence his lower snap total.

RUNNING BACK:
Jonas Gray -- 24 of 91
James White -- 24 of 91
Roy Finch -- 16 of 91
Stevan Ridley -- 16 of 91
Shane Vereen -- 7 of 91
Brandon Bolden -- 5 of 91

Quick-hit thought: Ridley didn't play again after his second-quarter fumble (which might have been overturned if challenged). That might have been more about workload than a message from the coaching staff, and we'll be interested to hear Bill Belichick's comments on that later today. Ridley and White were the primary backs in the first half.

FULLBACK:
Taylor McCuller -- 30 of 91
James Develin -- 21 of 91

Quick-hit thought: This was Develin's kind of night -- one to focus on the running game and establish an edge, which is his niche on the team.

TIGHT END:
Steve Maneri -- 68 of 91

Quick-hit thought: Maneri was asked to do a lot for a player who just signed Sunday, and there was the inevitable breakdown that led to Cary Williams' pick-six when the depth of Maneri's route was off. But overall, Maneri was part of helping the running game generate positive momentum.