Patriots' offensive snaps: Wright's role

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at snaps played by New England Patriots players on offense in Sunday's 16-9 win over the Oakland Raiders (includes penalties but not final kneel-downs):


Michael Hoomanawanui -- 44 of 73

Rob Gronkowski -- 42 of 73

Cameron Fleming -- 12 of 73

Tim Wright -- 5 of 73

Quick-hit thoughts: Outside of Gronkowski, the Patriots aren't getting much out of this position from a pass-catching perspective and that is part of why the overall attack is so limited. If Wright is only going to play five snaps, one could make the case that roster spot could be devoted to someone else in search of a spark (Aaron Dobson?). The more likely solution in the weeks to come is to increase Wright's role as he gains more comfort in the offense (and Gronkowski becomes more comfortable blocking-wise) as he is one of the best in-house options to help balance some things out. But it's hard to do it with such limited opportunities.


Julian Edelman -- 71 of 73

Brandon LaFell -- 41 of 73

Kenbrell Thompkins -- 38 of 73

Danny Amendola -- 28 of 73

Quick-hit thoughts: The only plays Edelman wasn't on the field were in a 2-WR package on the third drive (7:51 remaining, second quarter) in the jumbo goal-line package (13:53 remaining, fourth quarter) as he is the team's clear-cut No. 1 option and playing that way. ... LaFell and Thompkins were essentially rotated as the No. 2 receiver, while Amendola wasn't on the field in every three-receiver set as he had been through the first two weeks of the season, which reflects how the club is tinkering with different combinations and Amendola's role is continuing to be diminished a bit. ... Hard to believe 2013 second-round draft choice Dobson (healthy scratch) can't crack this group, which raises the question, "Why do the Patriots have such struggles drafting and developing at this position?"


Stevan Ridley -- 39 of 73

Shane Vereen -- 30 of 73

Brandon Bolden -- 7 of 73

Quick-hit thoughts: Ridley is running hard and has earned increased repetitions after playing just 22 snaps in the opener. He's played the most snaps among backs the last two weeks (37 and 39). Bolden's primary value comes on special teams, but he's not providing much spark on offense.


James Develin -- 8 of 73

Quick-hit thoughts: Quiet game for the bulldozing lead-blocker, as two-back sets weren't a big part of the plan.


LG Marcus Cannon -- 73 of 73

LT Nate Solder -- 73 of 73

RT Sebastian Vollmer -- 73 of 73

C/RG Dan Connolly -- 73 of 73

RG Jordan Devey -- 58 of 73

C Bryan Stork -- 15 of 73

Quick-hit thoughts: Tough day for this group overall. It will be interesting to see if Stork's presence for the final two drives was because of an injury to Devey, or if it was more performance-based.