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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 10.28.14 at 5:53 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 2014 New England offense after eight games:

RB Stevan Ridley: 98 (94 carries, 4 catches), 8 negative runs
RB Shane Vereen: 85 (58 carries, 27 catches) 1 negative catch, 2 negative runs
WR Julian Edelman: 51 (6 carries, 45 catches)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 40 (40 catches)
WR Brandon LaFell: 30 (30 catches)
RB Jonas Gray: 20 (20 carries)
TE Tim Wright: 18 (1 carry, 17 catches), 1 negative rush
RB Brandon Bolden: 17 (16 carries, 1 catch), 2 negative runs
QB Tom Brady: 15 (15 carries), 13 sacks, 5 kneeldowns
RB James White: 12 (9 carries, 3 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 7 (7 catches)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 (6 catches)
FB James Develin: 5 (1 carry, 4 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 4 (4 carries) 2 sack, 4 kneeldowns
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 (3 catches)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 2 (2 catches)
WR Brian Tyms: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: Not including kneeldowns, the Patriots had two negative plays from scrimmage on Sunday –” one sack of Garoppolo and one negative run by Wright. That ties a season-low — they had two in the September win over the Vikings. … On the season, New England has run 531 plays from scrimmage, and 30 of them have gone for negative yardage, not including kneeldowns. …  Against the Bears, the Patriots ran 71 plays, with 21 of them in shotgun (30 percent). … In addition, 6 of their 71 snaps (8 percent) were no-huddle. … On the season, the Patriots have run 39 of their 531 plays out of no-huddle (7 percent) and 151 snaps in shotgun (32 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 breakdown of the Patriots’ touches through eight games in 2013.

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots’ skill position players 10.18.14 at 5:54 pm ET
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Every week, we list 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. Here’€™s a breakdown of the 2014 New England offense after seven games:

RB Stevan Ridley: 98 (94 carries, 4 catches), 8 negative runs
RB Shane Vereen: 77 (53 carries, 24 catches) 1 negative catch, 2 negative runs
WR Julian Edelman: 50 (6 carries, 44 catches)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 31 (31 catches)
WR Brandon LaFell: 19 (19 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 17 (16 carries, 1 catch), 2 negative runs
QB Tom Brady: 13 (13 carries), 13 sacks, 5 kneeldowns
TE Tim Wright: 10 (10 catches)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 (6 catches)
RB James White: 6 (3 catches, 3 carries)
FB James Develin: 5 (1 carry, 4 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 5 (5 catches)
RB Jonas Gray: 3 (3 carries)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 3 (3 carries) 1 sack, 3 kneeldowns
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 (3 catches)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 2 (2 catches)
WR Brian Tyms: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: The Patriots had three negative plays from scrimmage on Thursday — one sack of Brady and two negative runs by Vereen. … On the season, New England has run 460 plays from scrimmage, and 28 of them have gone for negative yardage, not including kneeldowns. …  Against the Jets, the Patriots ran 53 plays, with 8 of them in no-huddle (7 percent). … In addition, 27 of their 53 snaps (51 percent) were in shotgun formation. … On the season, the Patriots have run 33 of their 460 plays out of no-huddle (7 percent) and 151 snaps in shotgun (33 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.

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In Focus: Charting Offensive Opportunities For Patriots Skill Position Players 10.14.14 at 12:46 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 2014 New England offense after six games:

RB Stevan Ridley: 98 (94 carries, 4 catches), 8 negative runs
RB Shane Vereen: 61 (42 carries, 19 catches) 1 negative catch, 1 negative run
WR Julian Edelman: 45 (5 carries, 40 catches)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 26 (26 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 16 (15 carries, 1 catch), 2 negative runs
WR Brandon LaFell: 15 (15 catches)
QB Tom Brady: 13 (13 carries), 12 sacks, 5 kneeldowns
TE Tim Wright: 10 (10 catches)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 (6 catches)
RB James White: 6 (3 catches, 3 carries)
FB James Develin: 5 (1 carry, 4 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 4 (4 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 3 (3 carries) 1 sack, 3 kneeldowns
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 (3 catches)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 2 (2 catches)
WR Brian Tyms: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: Not including two kneeldowns at the end of the game, the Patriots had six negative plays from scrimmage on Sunday — two sacks of Brady, two negative runs from Ridley and one negative run each from Bolden and Vereen. … On the season, New England has run 408 plays from scrimmage, and 25 of them have gone for negative yardage, not including kneeldowns. …  Against the Bills, the Patriots ran 66 plays, with one of them in no-huddle. … In addition, 26 of their 66 snaps (39 percent) were in shotgun formation. … On the season, the Patriots have run 25 of their 408 plays out of no-huddle (6 percent) and 124 snaps in shotgun (37 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 six games last season.

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 10.07.14 at 5:05 pm ET
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Every week, we list 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. Here’€™€™s a breakdown of the 2014 New England offense after five games:

RB Stevan Ridley: 87 (84 carries, 3 catches), 6 negative runs
RB Shane Vereen: 56 (37 carries, 18 catches) 1 negative catch
WR Julian Edelman: 35 (4 carries, 31 catches)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 19 (19 catches)
WR Brandon LaFell: 11 (11 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 10 (9 carries, 1 catch), 1 negative run
QB Tom Brady: 9 (9 carries), 10 sacks, 3 kneeldowns
TE Tim Wright: 8 (8 catches)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 (6 catches)
RB James White: 6 (3 catches, 3 carries)
WR Danny Amendola: 4 (4 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 3 (3 carries) 1 sack, 3 kneeldowns
FB James Develin: 3 (3 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 2 (2 catches)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: Not including three kneeldowns at the end of the game, the Patriots had three negative plays from scrimmage on Monday –€” one sack of Brady and two negative runs from Ridley. … On the season, New England has run 342 plays from scrimmage, and 19 of them have gone for negative yardage, not including kneeldowns. …  Against the Bengals, the Patriots ran 82 plays, a season-high, with five of them in no-huddle (6 percent). … In addition, 30 of their 82 snaps (37 percent) were in shotgun formation. … On the season, the Patriots have run 24 of their 342 plays out of no-huddle (7 percent) and 124 snaps in shotgun (36 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. … Two notes on the running backs. One, Ridley (84 carries) is only one of three running backs this year who has least 75 carries without a fumble. Le’Veon Bell (87) and Frank Gore (77) are the other two. And two: Vereen is one of eight backs at the moment who can boast of at least 17 catches and 35 carries over the first five weeks of the season, a group that includes Chicago’s Matt Forte (82 carries, 36 catches), Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell (87 carries, 24 catches) and Buffalo’s Fred Jackson (43 carries, 26 catches).

By way of comparison, here’s similar breakdown of the Patriots offense through the first five games of the 2013 season.

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 10.01.14 at 12:02 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 four games:

RB Stevan Ridley: 60 (57 carries, 3 catches), 4 negative runs
RB Shane Vereen: 43 (28 carries, 15 catches) 1 negative catch
WR Julian Edelman: 30 (4 carries, 26 catches)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 13 (13 catches)
WR Brandon LaFell: 10 (10 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 9 (8 carries, 1 catch), 1 negative run
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 (6 catches)
RB James White: 6 (3 catches, 3 carries)
QB Tom Brady: 5 (5 carries), 9 sacks, 3 kneeldowns
WR Danny Amendola: 3 (3 catches)
TE Tim Wright: 3 (3 catches)
FB James Develin: 2 (2 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 1 (1 catch)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 (1 catch)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 sack

Notes: The Patriots had three negative plays from scrimmage on Monday — three sacks (two of Brady, one of Garoppolo.) … On the season, New England has run 260 plays from scrimmage, and 16 of them have gone for negative yardage, not including kneeldowns. …  Against the Chiefs, the Patriots ran 49 plays, a season-low, and none of them in no-huddle. In addition, 27 of their 49 snaps (55 percent) were in shotgun formation. … On the season, the Patriots have run 19 of their 260 plays out of no-huddle (7 percent) and 94 snaps in shotgun (36 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.

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 09.23.14 at 9:30 am 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 2014 New England offense after three games:

RB Stevan Ridley: 55 (52 carries, 3 catches), 4 negative runs
RB Shane Vereen: 30 (20 carries, 10 catches) 1 negative catch
WR Julian Edelman: 26 (4 carries, 22 catches)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 11 (11 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 9 (8 carries, 1 catch), 1 negative run
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 (6 catches)
QB Tom Brady: 5 (5 carries), 7 sacks, 3 kneeldowns
WR Brandon LaFell: 4 (4 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 3 (3 catches)
TE Tim Wright: 3 (3 catches)
FB James Develin: 2 (2 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 1 (1 catch)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui 1 (1 catch)

Notes: The Patriots had six negative plays from scrimmage on Sunday, a season-high –€” two sacks of Brady, three negative runs from Ridley and a negative catch from Vereen. On the season, New England has run 211 plays from scrimmage, and 13 of them have gone for negative yardage, not including kneeldowns. …  Against the Raiders, the Patriots ran 71 plays, nine of them in no-huddle (7.9 percent). In addition, 20 of their 71 snaps (28 percent) were in shotgun formation. … On the season, the Patriots have run 19 of their 211 plays out of no-huddle (9 percent) and 67 snaps in shotgun (32 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. … Dating back to the end of the 2013 regular season (and not including the preseason), Brady has now completed 104 passes without an interception. … With his 20 touches on Sunday, Ridley has now gone 118 touches (dating back to the 2013 regular season, but not including the preseason) without losing a fumble. … Sunday marked the first game of the season where the Patriots’ offense was able to string together four drives of 10-plus plays. The 15-play drive (which ended with the lone touchdown of the game) was longest offensive series of season. … Over the last four years, here’s a look at the points per game average for the Patriots over the course of the first three games of the season:

— 2011: 104 (34.6 per game)
— 2012: 82 (27.3 per game)
— 2013: 59 (19.7 per game)
— 2014: 66 (22 per game)

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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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