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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 09.16.14 at 8:30 am ET
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Stevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

Every week, we list the Patriots’€™ “offensive 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. Here’€™s a breakdown of the 2014 New England offense after two games:

RB Stevan Ridley: 35 (33 carries, 2 catches), 1 negative run
RB Shane Vereen: 19 (13 carries, 6 catches)
WR Julian Edelman: 15 (3 carries, 12 catches)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 8 (8 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 7 (6 carries, 1 catch), 1 negative run
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 5 (5 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 3 (3 catches)
TE Tim Wright: 3 (3 catches)
QB Tom Brady: 2 (2 carries), 5 sacks
FB James Develin: 2 (2 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 1 (1 catch)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui 1 (1 catch)

Notes: The Patriots had two negative plays from scrimmage on Sunday — one sack of Brady and a negative run from Bolden. On the season, New England has run 140 plays from scrimmage, and seven of them have gone for negative yardage. (They have not had a kneel-down.) ‘€¦ Against the Vikings, the Patriots ran 60 plays, one of them in no-huddle (1.7 percent). In addition, 10 of their 60 snaps (17 percent) were in shotgun formation. On the season, the Patriots have run 10 plays out of no-huddle (7 percent) and 47 snaps in shotgun (34 percent). By way of comparison, over the course of the 2013 regular season, the Patriots were in shotgun for 42 percent of their offensive snaps and they ran no-huddle on 11 percent of their snaps.

By way of comparison, here’€™s a look at the Patriots offensive breakdown through the first two games of the 2013 season.

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 09.09.14 at 4:16 pm ET
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Every week, we list the Patriots’€™ “offensive 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. Here’€™s a breakdown of the New England offense after the 2014 opener:

RB Shane Vereen: 12 (7 carries, 5 catches)
RB Stevan Ridley: 10 (8 carries, 2 catches), 1 negative run
WR Julian Edelman: 8 (2 carries, 6 catches)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 5 (5 catches)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 4 (4 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 3 (2 carries, 1 catch)
WR Danny Amendola: 3 (3 catches)
TE Tim Wright: 3 (3 catches)
QB Tom Brady: 1 (1 carry), 4 sacks

Notes: The Patriots had five negative plays from scrimmage on Sunday — four sacks of Brady, and one run of -2 yards from Ridley. … Overall, the Patriots ran 80 plays, nine of them in no-huddle (11.3 percent). In addition, 37 of their 80 snaps (46 percent) were in shotgun formation. By way of comparison, over the course of the 2013 regular season, the Patriots were in shotgun for 42 percent of their offensive snaps and they ran no-huddle on 11 percent of their snaps.

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players in preseason 08.29.14 at 4:55 pm ET
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James White

James White

Every week, we list the Patriots’€™ “offensive 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. Here’€™s a breakdown of the New England offense for the 2014 preseason:

RB Jonas Gray: 37 (37 rushes)
RB James White: 33 (29 rushes, 4 catches)
RB Roy Finch: 20 (13 rushes, 7 catches)
RB Stevan Ridley: 19 (19 rushes)
RB Shane Vereen: 14 (7 rush, 7 catches)
WR Brian Tyms: 11 (11 catches)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 11 (11 catches)
WR Julian Edelman: 10 (10 catches)
WR Josh Boyce: 8 (7 catches, 1 rush)
FB Taylor McCuller: 6 (2 rushes, 4 catches)
WR Brandon LaFell: 6 (6 catches)
QB Ryan Mallett: 5 (5 rushes), 3 sacks
TE Tim Wright: 4 (4 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 4 (4 rushes), 3 sacks
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 (3 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 3 (3 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 3 (3 rushes)
RB Stephen Houston: 3 (3 rushes)
FB James Develin: 3 (3 catches)
WR Jeremy Gallon: 2 (2 catches)
WR Derrick Johnson: 2 (2 catches)
WR Wilson Van Hooser: 1 (1 catch)
QB Tom Brady: 1 (1 rush)
TE Steve Maneri: 1 (1 catch)

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players in preseason 08.23.14 at 2:53 pm ET
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Jonas Gray

Jonas Gray

Every week, we list the Patriots’€™ “offensive 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. Here’€™s a breakdown of the New England offense through the first three preseason games of 2014:

RB Jonas Gray: 30 (30 rushes)
RB James White: 20 (18 rushes, 2 catches)
RB Stevan Ridley: 19 (19 rushes)
RB Shane Vereen: 14 (7 rush, 7 catches)
RB Roy Finch: 13 (10 rushes, 5 catch)
WR Julian Edelman: 10 (10 catches)
WR Brian Tyms: 9 (9 catches)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 (6 catches)
WR Brandon LaFell: 6 (6 catches)
WR Josh Boyce: 6 (5 catches, 1 rush)
QB Ryan Mallett: 5 (5 rushes), 3 sacks
FB Taylor McCuller: 4 (4 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 4 (4 rushes)
WR Danny Amendola: 3 (3 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 3 (3 rushes)
RB Stephen Houston: 3 (3 rushes)
FB James Develin: 3 (3 catches)
WR Derrick Johnson: 2 (2 catches)
WR Wilson Van Hooser: 1 (1 catch)
QB Tom Brady: 1 (1 rush)

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players in preseason 08.17.14 at 2:11 pm ET
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Every week, we list the Patriots’€™ “offensive 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. Here’€™s a breakdown of the New England offense through the first two preseason games of 2014:

RB Jonas Gray: 21 (21 rushes)
RB James White: 15 (14 rushes, 1 catch)
RB Roy Finch: 11 (10 rushes, 3 catch)
RB Stevan Ridley: 11 (11 rushes)
WR Brian Tyms: 8 (8 catches)
WR Josh Boyce: 6 (5 catches, 1 rush)
QB Ryan Mallett: 5 (5 rushes), 3 sacks
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 4 (4 catches)
WR Brandon LaFell: 4 (4 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 3 (3 rushes)
RB Stephen Houston: 3 (3 rushes)
RB Shane Vereen: 3 (1 rush, 2 catches)
FB James Develin: 3 (3 catches)
WR Julian Edelman: 2 (2 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 (1 rush)
WR Wilson Van Hooser: 1 (1 catch)
WR Danny Amendola: 1 (1 catch)
FB Taylor McCuller: 1 (1 catch)

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 12.31.13 at 11:08 am ET
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Every week over the course of the 2013 regular season, we’€™€™ve had 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 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. Here’€™€™s a breakdown of the New England offense for the 2013 regular season:

RB Stevan Ridley: 188 (178 rushes, 10 catches), 15 negative rushes, 1 negative reception, 4 fumbles lost
RB LeGarrette Blount: 155 (153 rushes, 2 catches), 9 negative runs, 2 fumbles lost
WR Julian Edelman: 107 (2 rushes, 105 catches), 8 dropped passes
RB Shane Vereen: 91 (44 rushes, 47 catches), 3 negative runs, 7 dropped passes
RB Brandon Bolden: 76 (55 rushes, 21 catches), 4 negative runs, 1 negative reception
WR Danny Amendola: 55 (1 rush, 54 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 39 (0 rushes, 39 catches), 1 dropped pass
WR Aaron Dobson: 37 (0 rushes, 37 catches), 1 negative reception, 7 dropped passes
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 32 (0 rushes, 32 catches), 7 dropped passes
QB Tom Brady: 32 (32 rushes, 0 catches), 40 sacks, 19 kneeldowns, 3 fumbles lost
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 12 (0 rushes, 12 catches)
WR Josh Boyce: 9 (0 rushes, 9 catches), 2 dropped passes
FB James Develin: 7 (3 rushes, 4 catches)
WR Austin Collie: 6 (0 rushes, 6 catches)
TE Matthew Mulligan: 2 (0 rushes, 2 catches)
RB Leon Washington: 1 (1 rush, 0 catches)

Some offensive notes: The Patriots ran 68 plays on Sunday against the Bills and 16 of them were in the shotgun — 24 percent. Over the course of the season, the Patriots were in shotgun formation on 482 of their 1,138 offensive snaps, a rate of 42 percent. (Last year, the Patriots were in the shotgun for 585 of their 1,240 plays in the regular season, a rate of 47 percent.) ‘€¦ Against the Bills, the Patriots were in no-huddle for three of their 68 snaps. On the year, the Patriots have operated in a no-huddle on 120 of their 1,138 plays from scrimmage –€” 11 percent of the time. ‘€¦ New England ran 1,138 offensive plays this year. Not counting kneeldowns, 76 were for negative yardage. Of the 68 plays against the Bills, two went for negative yardage — one sack of Brady and a negative run from Vereen.

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the offensive opportunities for the 2012 regular season.

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 12.24.13 at 9:00 am 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. Fifteen games into the regular season, here’€™s a breakdown of the New England offense for 2013:

RB Stevan Ridley: 176 (166 rushes, 10 catches), 15 negative rushes, 1 negative reception, 4 fumbles lost
RB LeGarrette Blount: 131 (129 rushes, 2 catches), 9 negative runs, 2 fumbles lost
WR Julian Edelman: 98 (2 rushes, 96 catches), 6 dropped passes
RB Shane Vereen: 86 (42 rushes, 44 catches), 2 negative runs, 6 dropped passes
RB Brandon Bolden: 76 (55 rushes, 21 catches), 4 negative runs, 1 negative reception
WR Danny Amendola: 54 (1 rush, 53 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 39 (0 rushes, 39 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 36 (0 rushes, 36 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), 36 sacks, 16 kneeldowns, 3 fumbles lost
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 12 (0 rushes, 12 catches)
WR Josh Boyce: 9 (0 rushes, 9 catches), 2 dropped passes
FB James Develin: 6 (2 rushes, 4 catches)
WR Austin Collie: 6 (0 rushes, 6 catches)
TE Matthew Mulligan: 2 (0 rushes, 2 catches)
RB Leon Washington: 1 (1 rush, 0 catches)

Some offensive notes: The Patriots ran 62 plays on Sunday against the Ravens and 23 of them were in the shotgun, 37 percent. To this point in the season, the Patriots have been in shotgun formation on 466 of their 1,070 offensive snaps, a rate of 44 percent. (Last year through 15 games, the Patriots were in the shotgun for 554 of their 1,164 plays, a rate of 48 percent.) ‘€¦ Against the Ravens, the Patriots were in no-huddle for two of their 62 snaps. On the year, the Patriots have operated in a no-huddle on 117 of their 1,070 plays from scrimmage ‘€” 11 percent of the time. ‘€¦ New England has run 1,070 offensive plays this year in 15 games. Not counting kneeldowns, 74 have been for negative yardage. Of the 62 plays against the Ravens, four went for negative yardage ‘€” two sacks of Brady and negative runs from Ridley and Blount.

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the offensive breakdown through 15 games last year.

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