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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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Stevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

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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Stevan Ridley

Stevan Ridley

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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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 12.17.13 at 9:00 am ET
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LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

Every week over the course of the regular 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 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. Fourteen games into the regular season, here’s a breakdown of the New England offense for 2013:

RB Stevan Ridley: 161 (151 rushes, 10 catches), 14 negative rushes, 1 negative reception, 4 fumbles lost
RB LeGarrette Blount: 115 (113 rushes, 2 catches), 8 negative runs, 2 fumbles lost
WR Julian Edelman: 91 (2 rushes, 89 catches), 6 dropped passes
RB Shane Vereen: 83 (40 rushes, 43 catches), 2 negative runs, 6 dropped passes
RB Brandon Bolden: 73 (54 rushes, 19 catches), 4 negative runs, 1 negative reception
WR Danny Amendola: 52 (1 rush, 51 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), 36 sacks, 16 kneeldowns, 3 fumbles lost
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 11 (0 rushes, 11 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 78 plays on Sunday against the Dolphins and 48 of them were in the shotgun, a season high of 61 percent. To this point in the season, the Patriots have been in shotgun formation on 443 of their 1,008 offensive snaps, a rate of 44 percent. (Last year through 14 games, the Patriots were in the shotgun for 518 of their 1,091 plays, a rate of 47 percent.) … Against the Dolphins, the Patriots did not use any no-huddle in any of their 78 snaps. On the year, the Patriots have operated in a no-huddle on 115 of their 1,008 plays from scrimmage — 11 percent of the time. … New England has run 1,008 offensive plays this year in 13 games. Not counting kneeldowns, 70 have been for negative yardage. Of the 78 plays against the Dolphins, a season-low two went for negative yardage — a sack of Brady and a negative run from Ridley. … The Patriots crossed the 1,000-play mark on the season against the Dolphins, and as far as we can gather from the gamebooks, it came late in the fourth quarter when Brady hit Amendola on a 12-yard pass play over the middle.

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the offensive breakdown through 14 games last year.

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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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Shane Vereen

Shane Vereen

Every week over the course of the regular 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 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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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 12.03.13 at 5:39 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

Every week over the course of the regular 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 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. Twelve games into the regular season, here’s a breakdown of the New England offense for 2013:

RB Stevan Ridley: 144 (135 rushes, 9 catches), 12 negative rushes, 1 negative reception, 4 fumbles lost
RB LeGarrette Blount: 94 (94 rushes, 0 catches), 8 negative runs, 2 fumbles lost
RB Brandon Bolden: 73 (54 rushes, 19 catches), 4 negative runs, 1 negative reception
WR Julian Edelman: 72 (2 rushes, 70 catches), 6 dropped passes
RB Shane Vereen: 63 (35 rushes, 28 catches), 2 negative runs
WR Danny Amendola: 38 (1 rush, 37 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 37 (0 rushes, 37 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: 25 (25 rushes, 0 catches), 31 sacks, 15 kneeldowns, 3 fumbles lost
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 10 (0 rushes, 10 catches)
FB James Develin: 5 (2 rushes, 3 catches)
WR Austin Collie: 3 (0 rushes, 3 catches)
WR Josh Boyce: 2 (0 rushes, 2 catches)
RB Leon Washington: 1 (1 rush, 0 catches)
TE Matthew Mulligan: 1 (0 rushes, 1 catch)

Some offensive notes: The Patriots ran 69 plays on Sunday against the Texans and 28 of them were in shotgun, a rate of 41 percent. To this point in the season, the Patriots have been in shotgun formation on 358 of their 853 offensive snaps, a rate of 42 percent. (Last year through 12 games, the Patriots were in the shotgun for 428 for 918 of their plays, a rate of 47 percent.) … Against the Texans, the Patriots were in no-huddle for 2 of their 69 snaps, a rate of 3 percent. On the year, the Patriots have operated in a no-huddle on 111 of their 853 plays from scrimmage — 13 percent of the time. … New England has run 853 offensive plays this year in 12 games. Not counting kneeldowns, 63 have been for negative yardage. Of the 69 plays against the Texans, a season-low three went for negative yardage — one sack of Brady, as well as two negative runs from Vereen. Sunday also marked the first time since Sept. 29 against the Falcons that Brady was sacked one time or less in a game. … In addition to a season-low in negative plays, the Patriots were able to pin several season-lows on the Texans defense: according to our pal Adam Wexler of CSN Houston, the Texans’ D allowed a season-worst 28 first downs (previous mark was 20), 453 total yards (357), 365 passing yards (245), 6.6 yards per play (5.5) and a 33:46 mark in time of possession (33:41).

By way of comparison, here’s a look at how the offensive opportunities broke down through 12 games last season.

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 11.26.13 at 9:15 am ET
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Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

Every week over the course of the regular 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 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. Eleven games into the regular season, here’s a breakdown of the New England offense for 2013:

RB Stevan Ridley: 144 (135 rushes, 9 catches), 12 negative rushes, 1 negative reception, 4 fumbles lost
RB LeGarrette Blount: 82 (82 rushes, 0 catches), 8 negative runs, 2 fumbles lost
RB Brandon Bolden: 69 (51 rushes, 18 catches), 4 negative runs, 1 negative reception
WR Julian Edelman: 63 (2 rushes, 61 catches), 6 dropped passes
RB Shane Vereen: 48 (25 rushes, 23 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 35 (0 rushes, 35 catches), 1 negative reception, 7 dropped passes
WR Danny Amendola: 33 (1 rush, 32 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 31 (0 rushes, 31 catches)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 31 (0 rushes, 31 catches), 7 dropped passes
QB Tom Brady: 25 (25 rushes, 0 catches), 30 sacks, 15 kneeldowns, 3 fumbles lost
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 10 (0 rushes, 10 catches)
WR Austin Collie: 3 (0 rushes, 3 catches)
FB James Develin: 2 (0 rushes, 2 catches)
RB Leon Washington: 1 (1 rush, 0 catches)
TE Matthew Mulligan: 1 (0 rushes, 1 catch)
WR Josh Boyce: 1 (0 rushes, 1 catch)

Some offensive notes: The Patriots ran 84 plays on Sunday against the Broncos and 39 of them were in shotgun, a rate of 46 percent. To this point in the season, the Patriots have been in shotgun formation on 330 of their 784 offensive snaps, a rate of 42 percent. (Last year through 11 games, the Patriots were in the shotgun for 393 of their 839 plays, a rate of 47 percent.) … Against the Broncos, the Patriots were in no-huddle for 4 of their 84 snaps, a rate of 5 percent. On the year, the Patriots have operated in a no-huddle on 109 of their 784 plays from scrimmage — 14 percent of the time. … New England has run 784 offensive plays this year in 11 games. Not counting kneeldowns, 58 have been for negative yardage. Of the 84 plays Monday against the Panthers, four went for negative yardage — three sacks of Brady, as well as negative runs from Ridley, Bolden and Brady.

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the offensive breakdown through 11 games last season.

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In Focus: Charting offensive opportunities for Patriots skill position players 11.19.13 at 6:22 am ET
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Shane Vereen

Shane Vereen

Every week over the course of the regular 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 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. Ten games into the regular season, here’s a breakdown of the New England offense for 2013:

RB Stevan Ridley: 140 (131 rushes, 9 catches), 11 negative rushes, 1 negative reception, 3 fumbles lost
RB LeGarrette Blount: 80 (80 rushes, 0 catches), 8 negative runs, 1 fumble lost
RB Brandon Bolden: 55 (38 rushes, 17 catches), 3 negative runs, 1 negative reception
WR Julian Edelman: 54 (2 rushes, 52 catches), 6 dropped passes
WR Aaron Dobson: 35 (0 rushes, 35 catches), 1 negative reception, 7 dropped passes
RB Shane Vereen: 30 (15 rushes, 15 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 30 (1 rush, 29 catches), 1 negative reception
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 25 (0 rushes, 25 catches), 7 dropped passes
QB Tom Brady: 24 (24 rushes, 0 catches), 27 sacks, 14 kneeldowns, 2 fumbles lost
TE Rob Gronkowski: 24 (0 rushes, 24 catches)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 10 (0 rushes, 10 catches)
WR Austin Collie: 3 (0 rushes, 3 catches)
FB James Develin: 2 (0 rushes, 2 catches)
RB Leon Washington: 1 (1 rush, 0 catches)
TE Matthew Mulligan: 1 (0 rushes, 1 catch)
WR Josh Boyce: 1 (0 rushes, 1 catch)

Some offensive notes: The Patriots ran 67 plays on Monday against the Panthers and 29 of them were in shotgun, a rate of 43 percent. To this point in the season, the Patriots have been in shotgun formation on 291 of their 700 offensive snaps, a rate of 42 percent. (Last year through 10 games, the Patriots were in the shotgun for 373 of their 771 plays, a rate of 48 percent.) … Against the Panthers, the Patriots were in no-huddle for four of their 67 snaps, a rate of 6 percent. On the year, the Patriots have operated in a no-huddle on 105 of their 700 plays from scrimmage — 7 percent of the time. … New England has run 700 offensive plays this year in 10 games. Not counting kneeldowns, 52 have been for negative yardage. Of the 67 plays Monday against the Panthers, four went for negative yardage — two sacks of Brady, as well as two negative runs from Ridley.

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