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In focus: Charting the offensive opportunities for Patriots’ skill position players

09.22.11 at 5:44 pm ET
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Through two games, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has more "touches" than any one of New England's skill position players. (AP)

Every week over the course of the 2011 NFL season, we’ll present a list of the Patriots’ “offensive touches,” a running tally of which one of the offensive skill position players is getting the most looks. Like our look at targets, it can occasionally be an inexact stat, but it remains a good barometer of how confident the coaches (and quarterback) are when it comes to the skill position players at their disposal. Two weeks into the season, here’s a breakdown of the New England offense for 2011:

BenJarvus Green Ellis: 25 (24 carries, 1 reception)
Danny Woodhead: 21 (18 carries, 3 receptions)
Wes Welker: 15 (0 carries, 15 receptions)
Deion Branch: 15 (0 carries, 15 receptions)
Aaron Hernandez: 14 (0 carries, 14 receptions)
Rob Gronkowski: 10 (0 carries, 10 receptions)
Tom Brady: 3 (3 carries, 0 receptions)
Chad Ochocinco: 3 (0 carries, 3 receptions)
Stevan Ridley: 2 (2 carries, zero receptions)
Matthew Slater: 1 (0 carries, 1 reception)
Julian Edelman: 1 (0 carries, 1 reception)
TOTAL: 110 touches (47 carries, 63 receptions)

By position
Running back: 48 touches (44 carries, 4 receptions)
Tight end: 24 touches (0 carries, 24 receptions)
Wide receiver: 35 touches (0 carries, 35 receptions)
Other: 3 (3 carries, 0 receptions)

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