Offensive snaps: WR roles in focus

OAKLAND -- A look at the snaps played by offensive skill-position players in the Patriots' 31-19 win over the Raiders, while analyzing what it might mean (as charted in the press box, small margin for error):

TE Rob Gronkowski -- 66 of 66

WR Deion Branch -- 58 of 66

WR Wes Welker -- 58 of 66

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- 39 of 66

TE Thomas Welch -- 24 of 66

WR Matthew Slater -- 21 of 66

RB Stevan Ridley -- 19 of 66

WR Chad Ochocinco -- 18 of 66

WR Julian Edelman -- 17 of 66

RB Danny Woodhead -- 6 of 66

FB Dane Fletcher -- 4 of 66

(Holding, illegal contact, offsides and holding penalties included.)

ANALYSIS: The wide receiver roles stand out, as Chad Ochocinco split No. 3 receiver snaps with Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater. In limited opportunities, Ochocinco contributed (nice route on Wes Welker's touchdown; 2 catches; 1 catch called back by penalty), but his lack of playing time highlights how he's struggled to assimilate to the team's offense. For those expecting Ochocinco to be the team's No.1 receiver, it's probably time to dial back those expectations. ... Active for the first time, second-year receiver Taylor Price did not play. ... With just one pure tight end on the roster, it was an ironman effort from Rob Gronkowski. He never left the field. ... Without a second tight end, but with the desire to get heavy and run the ball, the Patriots used offensive lineman Thomas Welch as a sixth blocker more than anticipated (9 times in the first half, 15 in the second half).