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Monday, September 9, 2013
Offensive snaps: Vereen's career high

By Mike Reiss

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A look at snaps played by Patriots skill-position players, while analyzing how the totals reflect the way players were utilized (charted during game, small margin for error):

QB Tom Brady -- 94 of 94
WR Kenbrell Thompkins -- 91 of 94
WR Julian Edelman -- 83 of 94
TE Michael Hoomanawanui -- 80 of 94
WR Danny Amendola -- 59 of 94
RB Shane Vereen -- 56 of 94
RB LeGarrette Blount -- 23 of 94
TE Zach Sudfeld -- 19 of 94
FB James Develin -- 18 of 94
WR Josh Boyce -- 15 of 94
RB Stevan Ridley -- 15 of 94
TE/OL Nate Solder -- 11 of 94

(Snaps includes penalties. End-of-first-half kneel-down not included. End of second-half plays counted as they were setting up final field goal.)

ANALYSIS: Running back Shane Vereen's 56 snaps were easily a career high. He played 29 snaps his entire rookie season in 2011, and his high mark last year for a game was 24. He was one of the team's top performers and this shows he is primed for a more expanded role. ... As noted after the game, running back Stevan Ridley didn't play again after his second-quarter fumble. ... Receiver Danny Amendola played 31 of his 59 snaps in the second half after he initially left with his right groin injury. Even before he left the game, his snaps were being managed, with Julian Edelman rotating in for him at times. ... Kenbrell Thompkins was, for all intents and purposes, the team's No. 1 receiver in terms of never leaving the field. The three snaps he didn't play were the fourth-down fumble at the goal line (power package with no receivers) and the two end-of-game strategic plays by Tom Brady to position for the final field goal. ... Edelman's 83 snaps showed how he was mostly in two- and three-receiver packages, playing a key role. ... Unsung performance from tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who was called upon to fill the inline blocking role and played 80 snaps. His high total last season was 49 snaps. ... Rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld was used sparingly in the second half (4 of his 19 snaps) after he was involved in an interception at the end of the first half. ... Left tackle Nate Solder played 11 snaps as an eligible receiver/tight end as the team used an extra offensive lineman to account for a shortage at the position. When Solder declared as an eligible receiver, that meant he had to skip a play before returning to his left tackle position, so Marcus Cannon stepped in at left tackle in those situations.