January 22, 2013

THE McDANIELS PROBLEM:

Snaps: Gronk effect with 4th option (Mike Reiss, 1/22/13, ESPNBoston.com)

Snaps played by Patriots skill-position players in the team's 28-13 AFC Championship Game loss to the Ravens, while analyzing what it means (small margin for error): 

QB Tom Brady -- 83 of 83 
TE Aaron Hernandez - 83 of 83 
WR Brandon Lloyd - 82 of 83 
WR Wes Welker - 80 of 83 
WR Deion Branch - 39 of 83 
RB Stevan Ridley - 35 of 83 
RB Danny Woodhead - 31 of 83 
TE Daniel Fells - 30 of 83 
RB Shane Vereen - 17 of 83 
TE Michael Hoomanawanui - 16 of 83 
TE Marcus Cannon - 1 of 83 
TE Donald Thomas - 1 of 83  [...]

Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Lloyd were each targeted 14 times, while Wes Welker was targeted 12 times. There was a big drop-off after that. Fells and Hoomanawanui weren't targeted at all, while Branch was targeted twice on his 39 snaps.
Posted by at January 22, 2013 7:27 PM
  
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