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Snaps: Rise of Hoomanawanui

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A look at snaps played by Patriots offensive skill-position players in the team’s 23-16 win over the Jaguars, while analyzing what it means (small margin for error):

QB Tom Brady – 73 of 73

WR Brandon Lloyd – 71 of 73

WR Wes Welker – 67 of 73

TE Aaron Hernandez – 59 of 73

TE Michael Hoomanawanui – 49 of 73

RB Stevan Ridley – 35 of 73

WR Deion Branch – 34 of 73

RB Danny Woodhead – 24 of 73

RB Brandon Bolden – 12 of 73

TE Daniel Fells – 8 of 73

WR Kamar Aiken – 3 of 73

RB Shane Vereen – 3 of 73

(Penalties included.)

ANALYSIS: Michael Hoomanawanui’s rise into the No. 2 tight end role has been notable over the last three weeks, and his 49 snaps mark a season-high. He’s played 132 snaps over the last three games (43, 40 and 49). In the first 12 games of the season, he had totaled 104 snaps. When Rob Gronkowski returns, Hoomanawanui’s snaps figure to be reduced, but he’s made some big plays for the team over the last few weeks. … Elsewhere, Brandon Lloyd continued to serve as the No. 1 playtime option, followed by Wes Welker, with Deion Branch in the No. 3 role. … At running back, Stevan Ridley’s fumbles against Houston and San Francisco didn’t change his standing as the top option on the depth chart.