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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Patriots offensive snaps vs. Panthers

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at snaps played by members of the New England Patriots' offense in the team's 30-7 win over the Carolina Panthers on Friday night:

OFFENSIVE LINE:
RG/LT Jordan Devey -- 56 of 72
RT Marcus Cannon -- 49 of 72
LT Nate Solder -- 49 of 72
LG Logan Mankins -- 49 of 72
C Ryan Wendell -- 38 of 72
C/RG Dan Connolly -- 36 of 72
RG Josh Kline -- 34 of 72
RT Cameron Fleming -- 24 of 72
G Chris Barker -- 23 of 72
C Braxston Cave -- 15 of 72
G Jon Halapio -- 2 of 72

Quick-hit thoughts: In recent weeks, there has been some concern with left tackle Nate Solder, but that has subsided. He looked solid in a tough matchup against Greg Hardy. If Halapio (6th round, Florida) makes the 53-man roster, it would be more from a redshirt perspective, as his low playing-time total reflects that he's not yet ready to contribute.

QUARTERBACK:
Tom Brady -- 42 of 72
Jimmy Garoppolo -- 24 of 72
Ryan Mallett -- 7 of 72

Quick-hit thoughts: Bill Belichick inserted Mallett into the game on the third series as a way to prepare him for unexpected situations in the regular season, which from our view reflects Mallett's standing as the current No. 2 option on the depth chart, even as Garoppolo continues to impress. Mallett probably gets the start Thursday against the Giants.

RUNNING BACK:
Shane Vereen -- 30 of 72
James White -- 15 of 72
Jonas Gray -- 13 of 72
Stevan Ridley -- 11 of 72
Roy Finch -- 9 of 72

Quick-hit thoughts: The Patriots have nice depth here, especially when considering that Brandon Bolden didn't even play (undisclosed). Gray, the first-year runner from Notre Dame, is catching the eye a bit. Still waiting to see more of a spark in games from White, the fourth-round pick from Wisconsin.

FULLBACK:
James Develin -- 19 of 72
Taylor McCuller -- 17 of 72

Quick-hit thoughts: Not a real grind-it-out type of day for the running game, so not much to report in this area. McCuller's hands in the passing game impressed as the undrafted free-agent from West Texas A&M is a converted linebacker.

TIGHT END:
Steve Maneri -- 32 of 72
Justin Jones -- 3 of 72

Quick-hit thoughts: The position wasn't targeted in the passing game, but that figures to change in a big way once Rob Gronkowski returns.

WIDE RECEIVER:
Julian Edelman -- 45 of 72
Kenbrell Thompkins -- 35 of 72
Danny Amendola -- 32 of 72
Brandon LaFell -- 30 of 72
Josh Boyce -- 23 of 72
Brian Tyms -- 21 0f 72
Jeremy Gallon -- 9 of 72
Derrick Johnson -- 9 of 72
Wilson Van Hooser -- 1 of 72

Quick-hit thoughts: The competition has played itself out atop the depth chart, with the playing-time numbers at the top reflecting the 1-4 breakdown. Aaron Dobson should fit somewhere in that group upon his return, pushing Boyce -- who didn't play until there was 1:26 remaining in the third quarter -- further down the depth chart and potentially off the roster. It has been said before, but Edelman has really come into his own, and it's a great credit to the Patriots' scouting and development. Easy to forget Edelman was a college quarterback at Kent State before joining the Patriots in 2009.