Offensive playtime: Moss stands out

Analyzing the playing time of Patriots offensive skill-position players over the course of the 2009 season (as charted in the press box, small margin for error):

QB Tom Brady – 94.7 percent

WR Randy Moss – 85.2 percent

TE Benjamin Watson – 66.4 percent

WR Wes Welker – 62.1 percent

TE Chris Baker – 61.4 percent

RB Kevin Faulk – 38.8 percent

WR Sam Aiken – 35.8 percent

RB Laurence Maroney – 30.9 percent

WR Julian Edelman – 28.8 percent

RB/FB Sammy Morris – 21.1 percent

WR Joey Galloway – 14.9 percent

RB Fred Taylor – 12.1 percent

RB/FB BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 11.1 percent

WR Isaiah Stanback – 9.3 percent

TE Mark LeVoir – 5.5 percent

QB Brian Hoyer – 5.3 percent

TE Michael Matthews – 3.8 percent

FB Dan Connolly – 3.1 percent

WR Matthew Slater – 2.9 percent

WR Brandon Tate – 2.5 percent

TE Matt Light – 0.6 percent

TE Sebastian Vollmer – 0.2 percent

TE Nick Kaczur – 0.1 percent

ANALYSIS: For all the hubbub surrounding him at times, Moss was one of the constants for the offense. He played in every game and was part of every package, except for some single-receiver sets that were designed running plays. After running a long route, he would sometimes come off for one play, before returning. Bill Belichick has mentioned Moss’s consistency over time, and the playtime numbers once again reflect that. Contrary to what might be public perception, Moss has been about as steady, durable and consistent as the coaches could hope for over the last three seasons. … With Galloway not working out as the No. 3 receiver, it led to a big jump in playtime for Aiken. The No. 3 receiver spot seemed to have the offense handcuffed at times this season. … Welker’s numbers would be higher had he not missed two games early in the season, as he was part of two- three- and four-receiver packages. … Once again, Faulk led all running backs in playing time, a reflection of how often the Patriots are in passing sets and how valuable Faulk is in that package. … This was Maroney’s most consistent season in terms of playing time as he avoided the injury bug. … Although not often targeted in the passing game, the playtime of the tight ends Watson and Baker was consistent. This was Watson’s first season playing all 16 games. After playing late in the final preseason game, when it looked like his roster spot might be in jeopardy, Watson became one of the constants in offensive packages this season, utilized over Baker the majority of times in the base three-receiver set. … Hoyer appeared in five games at quarterback and the early signs, albeit with a small 60-snap sample, are encouraging for the Patriots. It looks like he is a find as a No. 2 quarterback. He appears further along than a draft pick like the Colts’ Curtis Painter and it seems fair to ask the question “How wasn’t he drafted?”