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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players through 11 games 12.02.15 at 7:00 am ET
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LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

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 11 regular-season games:

RB LeGarrette Blount: 148 (142 carries, 6 catches), 7 negative runs
RB Dion Lewis: 85 (49 carries, 36 catches), 4 negative runs, 1 negative reception, 1 lost fumble
WR Julian Edelman: 64 (3 carries, 61 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 57 (57 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 51 (2 carries, 49 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 25 (16 carries, 9 catches), 3 negative runs
QB Tom Brady: 22 (22 carries) 24 sacks (22 for negative yards), 8 kneeldowns, 2 lost fumbles, 1 negative run
WR Brandon LaFell: 21 (21 catches)
RB James White: 20 (13 carries, 12 catches), 1 negative reception, 1 negative run
TE Scott Chandler: 19 (19 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 13 (13 catches)
WR Keshawn Martin: 7 (7 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 5 (5 carries, all kneeldowns)
TE Mike Williams: 2 (2 catches)
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 (1 catch)
TE Asante Cleveland: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: The Patriots ran 61 plays from scrimmage against the Broncos. Brady was sacked three times, and there was one other negative play, a negative run from Bolden. … In all against Denver, New England had 44 of 61 plays in the shotgun, a rate of 72 percent, and ran no-huddle on zero plays from scrimmage. … Overall, on 728 plays from scrimmage this season for the Patriots’ offense, 405 have come in shotgun (56 percent) and 111 in no-huddle (15 percent). By way of comparison, in 2014, they were in no-huddle on 7 percent of their plays from scrimmage in 2014 and 11 percent in 2013, and in shotgun 39 percent of the time last year and 42 percent of the time in 2013.

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 11.24.15 at 2:14 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

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 10 regular-season games:

RB LeGarrette Blount: 139 (133 carries, 6 catches), 7 negative runs
RB Dion Lewis: 85 (49 carries, 36 catches), 4 negative runs, 1 negative reception, 1 lost fumble
WR Julian Edelman: 64 (3 carries, 61 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 51 (51 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 51 (2 carries, 49 catches)
QB Tom Brady: 22 (22 carries) 21 sacks (18 for negative yards), 8 kneeldowns, 2 lost fumbles, 1 negative run
RB James White: 20 (10 carries, 10 catches), 1 negative reception, 1 negative run
WR Brandon LaFell: 17 (17 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 17 (12 carries, 5 catches), 2 negative runs
TE Scott Chandler: 14 (14 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 13 (13 catches)
WR Keshawn Martin: 6 (6 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 5 (5 carries, all kneeldowns)
TE Mike Williams: 2 (2 catches)
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: The Patriots ran 62 plays from scrimmage against the Bills. Brady was sacked once, and there was one other negative play, a negative run from Bolden. … In all against Buffalo, New England had 32 of 62 plays in the shotgun, a rate of 52 percent, and ran no-huddle on 6 plays from scrimmage, a rate of 10 percent. … Overall, on 667 plays from scrimmage this season for the Patriots’ offense, 361 have come in shotgun (54 percent) and 111 in no-huddle (17 percent). By way of comparison, in 2014, they were in no-huddle on 7 percent of their plays from scrimmage in 2014 and 11 percent in 2013, and in shotgun 39 percent of the time last year and 42 percent of the time in 2013.

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In Focus: Measuring offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 11.17.15 at 8:36 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 nine regular-season games:

RB LeGarrette Blount: 122 (117 carries, 5 catches), 6 negative runs
RB Dion Lewis: 85 (49 carries, 36 catches), 4 negative runs, 1 negative reception, 1 lost fumble
WR Julian Edelman: 64 (3 carries, 61 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 49 (49 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 42 (2 carries, 40 catches)
QB Tom Brady: 22 (22 carries) 21 sacks (18 for negative yards), 8 kneeldowns, 2 lost fumbles, 1 negative run
RB James White: 16 (8 carries, 8 catches), 1 negative reception, 1 negative run
WR Brandon LaFell: 13 (13 catches)
TE Scott Chandler: 13 (13 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 13 (8 carries, 5 catches), 2 negative runs
WR Aaron Dobson: 12 (12 catches)
WR Keshawn Martin: 6 (6 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 5 (5 carries, all kneeldowns)
TE Mike Williams: 2 (2 catches)
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: The Patriots ran 68 plays from scrimmage against the Giants. Brady was sacked three times, and there were two other negative plays — one kneeldown from Brady at the end of the first half, and a negative run from Bolden. … In all against New York, New England had 35 of 68 plays in the shotgun, a rate of 51 percent, and ran no-huddle on 2 plays from scrimmage, a rate of 3 percent. … Overall, on 605 plays from scrimmage this season for the Patriots’ offense, 329 have come in shotgun (54 percent) and 105 in no-huddle (17 percent). By way of comparison, in 2014, they were in no-huddle on 7 percent of their plays from scrimmage in 2014 and 11 percent in 2013, and in shotgun 39 percent of the time last year and 42 percent of the time in 2013.

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In Focus: Measuring offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 11.10.15 at 2:00 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

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 eight regular-season games:

RB LeGarrette Blount: 101 (98 carries, 3 catches), 6 negative runs
RB Dion Lewis: 85 (49 carries, 36 catches), 4 negative runs, 1 negative reception, 1 lost fumble
WR Julian Edelman: 60 (3 carries, 57 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 44 (44 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 32 (2 carries, 30 catches)
QB Tom Brady: 20 (20 carries) 18 sacks (17 for negative yards), 7 kneeldowns, 1 lost fumble, 1 negative run
RB James White: 14 (7 carries, 7 catches), 1 negative reception, 1 negative run
TE Scott Chandler: 12 (12 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 12 (7 carries, 5 catches) 1 negative run
WR Aaron Dobson: 11 (11 catches)
WR Brandon LaFell: 11 (11 catches)
WR Keshawn Martin: 6 (6 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 5 (5 carries, all kneeldowns)
TE Mike Williams: 2 (2 catches)
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: The Patriots ran 76 plays from scrimmage against the Redskins. There were two negative plays from scrimmage –€” one negative run from Lewis and one from Blount. It marked the first time all year — and first time since Dec. 14, 2014 against Miami — where Brady wasn’€™t sacked. … In all against Washington, New England had 31 of 76 plays in the shotgun, a rate of 41 percent, and ran no huddle on 1 play from scrimmage, a rate of just over 1 percent. … Overall, on 537 plays from scrimmage this season for the Patriots’€™ offense, 294 have come in shotgun (55 percent) and 103 in no-huddle (19 percent). By way of comparison, in 2014, they were in no-huddle on 7 percent of their plays from scrimmage in 2014 and 11 percent in 2013, and in shotgun 39 percent of the time last year and 42 percent of the time in 2013.

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Dion Lewis still tops among Patriots when it comes to offensive opportunities 11.05.15 at 7:38 pm ET
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Dion Lewis is still tops on the team in touches through seven games. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dion Lewis is still tops on the team in “touches” through seven games. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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 seven regular-season games:

RB Dion Lewis: 79 (45 carries, 32 catches), 3 negative runs, 1 negative reception, 1 lost fumble
RB LeGarrette Blount: 72 (69 carries, 3 catches), 5 negative runs
WR Julian Edelman: 55 (3 carries, 52 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 40 (40 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 27 (1 carry, 26 catches)
QB Tom Brady: 19 (19 carries) 18 sacks (17 for negative yards), 6 kneeldowns, 1 lost fumble, 1 negative run
RB James White: 14 (7 carries, 7 catches), 1 negative reception, 1 negative run
WR Aaron Dobson: 11 (11 catches)
TE Scott Chandler: 11 (11 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 8 (6 carries, 2 catches) 1 negative run
WR Brandon LaFell: 6 (6 catches)
WR Keshawn Martin: 6 (6 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 4 (4 carries, all kneeldowns)
TE Mike Williams: 2 (2 catches)
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: The Patriots ran 66 plays from scrimmage against the Dolphins. Not including the two sacks of Brady, there were four negative plays from scrimmage — two negative runs from Lewis, one negative run from White and a negative run from Blount. … In all against Miami, New England had 31 of 66 plays in the shotgun, a rate of 47 percent, and ran no huddle on 8 plays from scrimmage, a rate of 12 percent. … Overall, on 461 plays from scrimmage this season for the Patriots’ offense, 263 have come in shotgun (57 percent) and 102 in no-huddle (22 percent). By way of comparison, in 2014, they were in no-huddle on 7 percent of their plays from scrimmage in 2014 and 11 percent in 2013, and in shotgun 39 percent of the time last year and 42 percent of the time in 2013. … Despite the fact that he was sidelined earlier in the season against the Jets, Lewis is only one of six backs at this point in the season with at least 30 carries and 30 catches. He’s also one of five with at least 200 yards rushing and 200 yards receiving. Also, Lewis and Devonta Freeman are the only two backs with 200-plus rushing yards and 300-plus receiving yards. … The Patriots have run 461 plays through seven games. In the same stretch in 2014, New England had run 460 plays. Through seven games in 2013, the Patriots had run 500 plays from scrimmage.

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In Focus: Despite missing Jets contest, RB Dion Lewis still leads Patriots in offensive touches 10.28.15 at 7:30 am ET
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Despite missing Sunday's game against the Jets, Dion Lewis is still one of the most important parts of the New England offense. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Despite missing Sunday’s game against the Jets, Dion Lewis still is one of the most important parts of the New England offense. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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 six regular-season games:

RB Dion Lewis: 66 (40 carries, 26 catches), 1 negative run, 1 negative reception, 1 lost fumble
RB LeGarrette Blount: 54 (52 carries, 2 catches), 4 negative runs
WR Julian Edelman: 48 (3 carries, 45 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 34 (34 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 26 (1 carry, 25 catches)
QB Tom Brady: 18 (18 carries) 16 sacks (15 for negative yards), 6 kneeldowns, 1 lost fumble, 1 negative run
RB James White: 11 (4 carries, 7 catches), 1 negative reception
WR Aaron Dobson: 11 (11 catches)
TE Scott Chandler: 10 (10 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 8 (6 carries, 2 catches) 1 negative run
WR Keshawn Martin: 6 (6 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 4 (4 carries, all kneeldowns)
WR Brandon LaFell: 2 (2 catches)
TE Mike Williams: 2 (2 catches)
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: The Patriots ran 66 plays from scrimmage against the Jets. Not including the three sacks of Brady, there was one negative play from scrimmage, a negative run from Blount. … In all against Dallas, New England had 53 of 66 plays in the shotgun, a rate of 80 percent, and ran no huddle on 25 plays from scrimmage, a rate of 38 percent. … Overall, on 395 plays from scrimmage from scrimmage this season for the Patriots’ offense, 232 have come in shotgun (59 percent) and 94 in no-huddle (24 percent). By way of comparison, in 2014, they were in no huddle on 7 percent of their plays from scrimmage in 2014 and 11 percent in 2013, and in shotgun 39 percent of the time last year and 42 percent of the time in 2013. … Despite the fact that he was sidelined against the Jets, Lewis is only one of six players to have at least 40 carries and 25 catches to this point in the season. In addition, he’s only one of three players with at least 200 yards rushing and 200 yards receiving. … Amendola is undergoing a bit of a renaissance. In his last 16 games — including last year’s playoffs and the start of the 2015 regular season — he has 57 catches for 621 yards and 5 touchdowns.

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Through 2 weeks, Dion Lewis continues to lead Patriots in offensive opportunities 09.22.15 at 10:40 pm ET
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Dion Lewis scored against the Bills on Sunday. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Dion Lewis scored against the Bills on Sunday. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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 two regular-season games:

RB Dion Lewis: 32 (22 carries, 10 catches), 1 negative run, 1 lost fumble
WR Julian Edelman: 24 (2 carry, 22 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 12 (12 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 8 (8 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 8 (6 carries, 2 catches) 1 negative run
QB Tom Brady: 6 (6 carries) 4 sacks (3 for negative yards), 4 kneeldowns, 1 lost fumble
TE Scott Chandler: 4 (4 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 3 (3 catches)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 2 (2 carries)
TE Mike Williams: 1 (1 catch)
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: The Patriots ran 76 plays from scrimmage against the Bills. Not including three kneedowns from Brady and the two sacks, there were zero negative plays from scrimmage — hardly a surprise, given the run-pass balance (15 runs, 59 pass attempts), but still impressive, nonetheless. … In all against Buffalo, New England had 56 plays in the shotgun, a rate of 74 percent, and ran no huddle on 35 plays from scrimmage, a rate of 46 percent. It’s the highest single-game rate of no-huddle for the Patriots since they ran no-huddle on 68 percent of the snaps in last year’s win over the Lions. … Overall, on 134 plays from scrimmage from scrimmage this season for the Patriots’ offense, 78 have come in shotgun (58 percent) and 39 in no-huddle (29 percent). By way of comparison, in 2014, they were in no huddle on 7 percent of their plays from scrimmage in 2014 and 11 percent in 2013, and in shotgun 39 percent of the time last year and 42 percent of the time in 2013.

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