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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players

12.10.13 at 4:31 pm ET
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Every week over the course of the regular season, we’€™ll present a list of the Patriots’€™ ‘€œoffensive touches,’€ a running tally of which one of the offensive skill position players is getting the most looks. Like our weekly 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. Thirteen games into the regular season, here’€™s a breakdown of the New England offense for 2013:

RB Stevan Ridley: 153 (143 rushes, 10 catches), 13 negative rushes, 1 negative reception, 4 fumbles lost
RB LeGarrette Blount: 103 (102 rushes, 1 catches), 8 negative runs, 2 fumbles lost
WR Julian Edelman: 78 (2 rushes, 76 catches), 6 dropped passes
RB Shane Vereen: 78 (38 rushes, 40 catches), 2 negative runs, 6 dropped passes
RB Brandon Bolden: 73 (54 rushes, 19 catches), 4 negative runs, 1 negative reception
WR Danny Amendola: 42 (1 rush, 41 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 39 (0 rushes, 39 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 35 (0 rushes, 35 catches), 1 negative reception, 7 dropped passes
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 32 (0 rushes, 32 catches), 7 dropped passes
QB Tom Brady: 27 (27 rushes, 0 catches), 35 sacks, 16 kneeldowns, 3 fumbles lost
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 10 (0 rushes, 10 catches)
FB James Develin: 6 (2 rushes, 4 catches)
WR Josh Boyce: 5 (0 rushes, 5 catches)
WR Austin Collie: 4 (0 rushes, 4 catches)
TE Matthew Mulligan: 2 (0 rushes, 2 catches)
RB Leon Washington: 1 (1 rush, 0 catches)

Some offensive notes: The Patriots ran 77 plays on Sunday against the Browns and 37 of them were in shotgun, a rate of 48 percent. To this point in the season, the Patriots have been in shotgun formation on 395 of their 930 offensive snaps, a rate of 42 percent. (Last year through 13 games, the Patriots were in the shotgun for 459 for 995 of their plays, a rate of 46 percent.) ‘€¦ Against the Browns, the Patriots were in no-huddle for 4 of their 77 snaps, a rate of 5 percent. On the year, the Patriots have operated in a no-huddle on 115 of their 930 plays from scrimmage ‘€” 12 percent of the time. ‘€¦ New England has run 930 offensive plays this year in 13 games. Not counting kneeldowns, 68 have been for negative yardage. Of the 77 plays against the Browns, five went for negative yardage ‘€” four sacks of Brady and one negative run from Ridley.

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the the offensive breakdown through the first 13 games of 2012.

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