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Charting the snaps: Offense

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  February 9, 2012 07:30 AM

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brady-waters.jpgThanks to our very thorough friends at profootballfocus.com, which is worth the money for those of you into a Sabremetrics-type look at football, here's a look at how many snaps each player played for the Patriots on offense in the 2011 season (count includes all three postseason games).

PFF counted a total of 1,362 offensive snaps for the season

QB Tom Brady - 1,350 snaps
RG Brian Waters - 1,340
TE Rob Gronkowski - 1,290
LT Matt Light - 1,260
WR Wes Welker - 1,211
LG Logan Mankins - 1,189
TE Aaron Hernandez - 1,051
OT Nate Solder - 1,044
WR Deion Branch - 1,023
C Dan Connolly - 986
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis - 475
RB Danny Woodhead - 449
RT Sebastian Vollmer - 387
C/G Ryan Wendell - 360
Chad Ochocinco - 354
RB Stevan Ridley - 200
WR Julian Edelman - 188
OL Marcus Cannon - 168
OL Nick McDonald - 106
OL Donald Thomas - 105
WR Tiquan Underwood - 98
RB Kevin Faulk - 90
TE Dan Gronkowski - 56
WR Matthew Slater - 44
OL Thomas Welch - 42
C Dan Koppen - 33
RB Shane Vereen - 26
FB Lousaka Polite - 24
WR Taylor Price - 18
QB Brian Hoyer - 12
FB/LB Dane Fletcher - 3

While Brady played in 99.1 percent of the snaps, ceding late-game snaps to Hoyer in Weeks 12, 13 and 17, it's been a few years since an offensive player was on the field for every snap of the season. Not surprisingly, the last player to do so was Mankins in 2008. In '09 the left guard sat out a handful of snaps at the very end of the finale against Houston, but had played every snap of the season prior to that.

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