O'Brien wants more Price in offense

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Could Taylor Price see an increased role moving forward?Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that he'd like to get wide receiver Taylor Price more snaps in the offense moving forward.

"He's practiced well," said O'Brien. "We need to get him in there more. He's done a good job in practice and he's a guy we gotta give some more reps to in the game."

Pressed on how that might happen, O'Brien noted, "We're figuring all of that out right now. You'll see that on Sunday."

Price, a third-round pick (90th overall) in last year's draft, was inactive for the first three games of the 2011 season and has played only seven offensive snaps overall (six of which came in Sunday's loss to the Steelers). Price played just 23 snaps last season, catching three passes for 41 yards while making his debut in a Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the team wants to utilize all of its active players, but kept it general in noting that the team was in the process of coming up with the game plan for next week and would let the game situation dictate how much Price -- and others -- get on the field.

Said personnel director Nick Caserio: "Taylor's done a decent job in practice. He had some opportunities in [Sunday's] game. It's a long season, we’ll see where it goes."