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Offensive snaps: Gronk leads way

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at snaps played by Patriots offensive skill position players in Sunday's 35-21 win over the Chargers, while analyzing what it might mean (snaps charted in press box, small margin for error):

TE Rob Gronkowski -- 69 of 71

WR Wes Welker -- 60 of 71

WR Deion Branch -- 53 of 71

TE Aaron Hernandez -- 43 of 71

RB Danny Woodhead -- 39 of 71

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- 29 of 71

TE Dan Gronkowski -- 19 of 71

TE Nate Solder -- 18 of 71

WR Chad Ochocinco -- 17 of 71

WR Matthew Slater -- 4 of 71

WR Julian Edelman -- 2 of 71

RB Stevan Ridley -- 2 of 71

(All penalties included; two-point conversion included; kneel-down not included.)

ANALYSIS: Second-year TE Rob Gronkowski came off the field just twice -- on the final two plays of the first half when the Patriots were in a three-receiver package, moving quickly to set up a late field goal. ... After playing 18 snaps last week, WR Chad Ochocinco gets 17 this week as he still isn't part of the effective two-receiver, up-tempo package. Ochocinco got 10 first-half snaps and 7 in the second half. ... RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (29) played fewer snaps than RB Danny Woodhead (39), but had 17 carries against Woodhead's four. Green-Ellis ran hard in the game. ... Nate Solder's role as a third tight end was effective, creating an extra gap for the Chargers to account for on defense while giving a different look to their outside linebackers.