Snaps: RBs learn cost of fumbling

DETROIT -- In tabulating the snaps played by skill-position players with the first-unit offense, one aspect stood out -- after losing fumbles, Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen didn't play again for the rest of the half.

Here is the breakdown of snaps played (includes penalties, not half-ending kneel-down):

QB Tom Brady -- 46 of 46

WR Julian Edelman -- 45 of 46

WR Aaron Dobson -- 31 of 46

WR Kenbrell Thompkins -- 31 of 46

TE Jake Ballard -- 27 of 46

RB Stevan Ridley -- 21 of 46

TE Zach Sudfeld -- 19 of 46

TE Michael Hoomanawanui -- 16 of 46

RB Shane Vereen -- 10 of 46

FB James Develin -- 9 of 46

RB Leon Washington -- 8 of 46

WR Josh Boyce -- 6 of 46

RB LeGarrette Blount -- 4 of 46

RB Brandon Bolden -- 3 of 46

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: Julian Edelman filled in for the hobbled Danny Amendola, playing every snap but the short-yardage fourth-and-1 run in the second quarter when the Patriots called on three tight ends and a fullback and running back. ... Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins opened the game in the two-receiver package, with Aaron Dobson coming on as the third receiver. The Patriots utilized the three-receiver package quite a bit, even turning to a four-wide look at times. ... At tight end, Jake Ballard and Zach Sudfeld opened as the top combination. Ballard has gradually upped his workload this preseason, with his 27 snaps a high. ... At running back, Stevan Ridley was the clear No. 1 option.