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Patriots offensive snaps report

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With three-quarters of the season complete, a snapshot look at playing time for Patriots offensive skill-position players, which in some cases highlights their value (snaps include penalties but not kneel-downs):

Quarterbacks

Tom Brady (907 of 918) – 98.8 percent

Ryan Mallett (11 of 918) – 1.2 percent

Quick-hit: Brady seldom comes out of the game, even when the team has a sizeable lead in fourth quarter.

Running backs/fullbacks

Stevan Ridley (438 of 918) – 47.7 percent

Danny Woodhead (279 of 918) – 30.4 percent

Shane Vereen (114 of 918) – 12.4 percent

Brandon Bolden (72 of 918) – 7.8 percent

Dan Connolly (9 of 918) – 1.0 percent

Lex Hilliard* (8 of 918) – 0.9 percent

Quick-hit: A greater gap this year between the No. 1 and No. 2 backs, which reflects well on Ridley, the second-year pro out of LSU who has taken over top duties from BenJarvus Green-Ellis. … Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who sometimes lines up at fullback, is accounted for in the TE category.

Wide receivers

Brandon Lloyd (788 of 918) – 85.8 percent

Wes Welker (788 of 918) – 85.8 percent

Deion Branch* (332 of 918) – 36.2 percent

Julian Edelman (299 of 918) – 32.6 percent

Matthew Slater (23 of 918) -- 2.5 percent

Greg Salas* (6 of 918) – 0.7 percent

Quick-hit: Lloyd and Welker have been the constants as the only receivers to play in every game. What was viewed as one of the deepest receiving corps in training camp has been thinned.

Tight ends

Rob Gronkowski (718 of 918) – 78.2 percent

Aaron Hernandez (301 of 918) – 32.8 percent

Daniel Fells (245 of 918) – 26.7 percent

Michael Hoomanawanui (104 of 918) – 11.3 percent

Visanthe Shiancoe (43 of 918) – 4.7 percent

Marcus Cannon (14 of 918) – 1.5 percent

Nick McDonald (9 of 918) – 1.0 percent

Kellen Winslow* (4 of 918) – 0.4 percent

Quick hit: After signing both Gronkowski and Hernandez to contract extensions this offseason, the Patriots truly haven’t had both of them healthy on the field together outside of the season-opener.

*No longer on team

Note: While offensive tackle Nate Solder sometimes lines up as an eligible receiver, those snaps are credited to the offensive lineman who comes on to place him as the new player in the package.