Snaps: Season-high 33 for Blount

December, 30, 2013
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at the snaps played by New England Patriots offensive skill-position players in Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills, while analyzing what it means (small margin for error, as charted in press box):

QB Tom Brady -- 72 of 72
WR Julian Edelman -- 69 of 72
TE Michael Hoomanawanui -- 64 of 72
FB James Develin -- 34 of 72
WR Kenbrell Thompkins -- 34 of 72
WR Danny Amendola -- 33 of 72
RB LeGarrette Blount -- 33 of 72
TE Matthew Mulligan -- 28 of 72
RB Stevan Ridley -- 21 of 72
WR Aaron Dobson -- 17 of 72
RB Shane Vereen -- 17 of 72
TE D.J. Williams -- 8 of 72
RB Brandon Bolden -- 1 of 72
WR Matthew Slater -- 1 of 72

(Kneel-downs not included; two-point conversion included.)

ANALYSIS: While the Patriots are rotating their running backs, LeGarrette Blount has been getting the start and playing the majority of offensive snaps, as his 33 represented a season high. That came one week after he totaled a season-high 27 against the Ravens. Since playing only two snaps against the Broncos on Nov. 24, Blount's snap count totals are 20, 21, 20, 27, 33. Over that same span, fellow running back Stevan Ridley's snap counts are 0, 17, 13, 21, 21, which shows a bit of a changing of the guard. ... Fullback James Develin's 34 offensive snaps were a season high, eclipsing the 29 he played against Houston on Dec. 1. This was a "running game", so it makes sense that the fullback position was called upon a bit more often than the norm. ... WR Aaron Dobson didn't return after injuring his foot on the second series. Kenbrell Thompkins mostly took his place, although Danny Amendola also had some reps in two-receiver packages after opening the game exclusively as the No. 3 option. ... In the final four games of the season, WR Julian Edelman was taken off the field for a total of six offensive snaps. He finished the year playing 1,032 snaps by our count, which led all Patriots receivers and was an 86-percent clip of the overall offensive snaps. ... TE D.J. Williams made his debut, as he was sprinkled into the attack, with all but one of his eight snaps coming as the lone tight end in the three-receiver grouping. That gives the Patriots a little more of a "move" type tight end option out of the tight end spot in those packages.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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