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Patriots Defensive Snap Totals vs Houston Texans

Here’s a breakdown from the official league totals of the playing percentage for the defensive players from Sunday’s win over Houston.

Defensive Backs:

Devin McCourty: 60/60 (100%) – Special Teams: 15 (48%)
Aqib Talib: 60/60 (100%)
Logan Ryan: 57/60 (95%) – Special Teams: 1 (3%)
Duron Harmon: 33/60 (55%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Steve Gregory: 23/60 (38%)
Kyle Arrington: 16/60 (27%) – Special Teams: 1 (3%)
Marquice Cole – 9 (15%) – Special Teams: 18 (58%)
Nate Ebner – 2 (3%) – Special Teams: 24 (77%)

Defensive Line:

Chandler Jones: 60/60 (100%) – Special Teams: 13 (42%)
Chris Jones: 59/60 (98%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Joe Vellano: 50/60 (83%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Isaac Sopoaga: 21/60 (35%)
Sealver Siliga: 16/60 (27%)
Andre Carter: 10/60 (17%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)


Rob Ninkovich: 60/60 (100%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Dont’a Hightower: 50/60 (83%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Brandon Spikes: 48/60 (80%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Jamie Collins: 14/60 (27%) – Special Teams: 23 (74%)
Dane Fletcher: 12/60 (20%) – Special Teams: 10 (32%)

Updating last week’s entry breaking down how each receiver performed with each quarterback, ¬†here’s an update of how each signal-caller has performed along with the receiving numbers from each group through the first two weeks of preseason.


Overall: 18-of-20 for 172 yards, 2 TD’s, 11 Passing First Downs

Worth Noting: He’s a perfect 2-of-2 in the red zone with a touchdown, and he’s also 2-of-2 on deep throws to the middle of the field, with Danny Amendola (his 26yd touchdown Friday night) and Aaron Dobson both having hauled in a pass from him.

By Down:

1st Down: 6-of-7 (86%) for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns – 4 passing first downs
2nd Down: 9-of-9 (100%) for 55  yards Р4 passing first downs
3rd Down: 3-of-4 (75%) for 35 yards – 3 passing first downs

Receivers – Total Stats Through Two Games:

Danny Amendola: 7-of-8 for 77 yards, 1 TD, 4 first downs
Kenbrell Thompkins: 4-of-4 for 23 yards, 2 first downs
Shane Vereen: 3-of-3 for 28 yards, 1 TD, 2 first downs
Aaron Dobson: 1-of-1 for 23 yards, 1 first down
Julian Edelman: 1-of-1 for 4 yards, 1 first down
Josh Boyce: 1 of-1 for 5 yards
LeGarrette Blount: 1-of-1 for 12 yards, 1 first down
Stevan Ridley: 0-of-1


Overall: 21-of-38 (55%) 234 yards, 1 TD, 14 passing first downs

Worth Noting: Mallett right now is 0-of-4 in the Red Zone, with his one touchdown being the 22 yard strike to Zach Sudfeld last Friday night.

By Down:

1st Down: 9-of-15 (60%) for 91 yards, 1 TD, 3 Passing First Downs
2nd Down: 9-of-15 (60%) for 124 yards, 9 Passing First Downs
3rd Down: 3-of-8 (38%) for 19 yards, 2 Passing First Downs

Receivers – Total Stats Through Two Games:

Julian Edelman: 8 targets, 6 receptions, 53 yards, 4 first downs
Aaron Dobson: 7 targets, 3 receptions, 42 yards, 2 first downs
Shane Vereen: 7 targets, 3 receptions, 36 yards, 2 first downs
Daniel Fells: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 27 yards, 2 first downs
Zach Sudfeld: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD, 3 first downs
Josh Boyce: 3 targets, 1 reception, 5 yards
Kenbrell Thompkins: 4 targets, 1 reception, 3 yards
Michael Hoomanawanui: 2 targets, 1 reception, 14 yards, 1 First Down


Overall: 5-of-19 (26%) for 54 yards, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 3 Passing First Downs

Worth Noting: Tebow has yet to convert a passing first down on 3rd down through just over four quarters of play, and only has two 3rd down conversions in total, which came on a third quarter run by himself for 12 yards during the Philadelphia game, and a fourth quarter run by Brandon Bolden last Friday.  He also has 0 Red Zone Attempts Through Two Games.

By Down:

1st Down: 1-of-4 (25%) for -1 yards, 2 sacks, 1 INT
2nd Down: 3-of-10 (30%) for 47 yards – 3 passing first downs
3rd Down: 1-of-5 (20%) for 8 yards, 1 sack

Receivers – Total Stats Through Two Games:

Kamar Aiken: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 23 yards, 1 first down
Josh Boyce: 1 target, 1 reception, -1 yards
Leon Washington: 1 target, 1 reception, 15 yards, 1 first down
Brandon Bolden: 3 targets, 1 reception, 17 yards, 1 first down
Kenbrell Thompkins: 1 target, 0 receptions
Jonathan Haggerty: 1 target, 0 receptions
Aaron Dobson: 5 targets, 0 receptions
Sach Sudfeld: 2 targets, 0 receptions
Evan Landi: 1 target, 0 receptions

Spotlight on New England Patriots 3rd Down Rushing

So far this preseason the focus has been on the impressive performances put in by Tom Brady, but looking at the numbers, the ground game has fared pretty well.

Looking closer at the team’s third down rushing stats, they’ve been pretty successful. ¬†They’ve converted 6-of-8 third down carries (75%), including 3-of-4 Friday night against the Buccaneers.

Here’s a complete look at all the Patriots running backs on third down this preseason:

Tim Tebow: 2 carries, 23 yards, 1 first down
Brandon Bolden: 2 carries, 17 yards, 1 first down
Stevan Ridley:  1 carry, 10 yards, 1 first down
James Develin: 2 carries, 6 yards, 2 first downs
LeGarrette Blount: 1 carry, 3 yards, 1 first down

Here’s a view of where they’ve had success running the ball. ¬†Interesting to note, no carries over left tackle or left guard:


Breaking Down the Receivers’ Performances By Quarterback

Looking at the final stats from last night, it’s tough to get a feel for how the receivers performed overall since who was throwing them the football obviously plays a part in their success.

Since Tom Brady was near perfect last night (7-of-8 for 65 yards and a touchdown), obviously that affects the completion percentages when you factor in the 50% passing performance put in by Ryan Mallett, as well as the 33% percentage that Tim Tebow had.

Here’s a breakdown of how each group fared with each quarterback:

TOM BRADY: 7-of-8 (88%) 65 yards, 1 touchdown

Kenbrell Thompkins: 4 targets, 4 completions, 23 yards, 2 first downs
Danny Amendola: 1 target, 1 completion, 6 yards
Aaron Dobson: 1 target, 1 completion, 23 yards, 1 first down
Shane Vereen: 1 target, 1 completion, 13 yards, 1 first down, 1 touchdown
Stevan Ridley: 1 target, 0 completions

RYAN MALLETT: 9-of-18 (50%)  97 Yards

Daniel Fells: 3 targets, 3 completions, 27 yards, 2 first downs
Julian Edelman: 5 targets, 3 completions, 31 yards, 2 first downs
Aaron Dobson: 4 targets, 1 completion, 12 yards, 1 first down
Shane Vereen: 3 targets, 1 completion, 5 yards
Zach Sudfeld: 1 target, 1 completion, 22 yards, 1 first down
Josh Boyce: 1 target, 0 completions
Kenbrell Thompkins: 1 target, 0 completions

TIM TEBOW: 4-of-12 (33%) 55 yards, 3 sacks/-23 yards

Kamar Aiken: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 23 yards, 1 first down
Leon Washington: 1 target, 1 reception, 15 yards, 1 first down
Brandon Bolden: 2 targets, 1 reception, 17 yards, 1 first down
Aaron Dobson: 3 targets, 0 receptions
Zach Sudfeld: 1 target, 0 receptions
Johnathan Haggerty: 1 target, 0 receptions

As we know, heading into the 2013 season there are a lot of changes coming for the Patriots offensively.  As a result I wanted to take a look at some different situations from last season, with this one focusing on their performance in short yardage situations.

After doing some digging through our Stats Database, I looked at the numbers when Tom Brady and the offense were in situations where they faced less three yards or less, and the results were fairly interesting.

Tom Brady was surprisingly just 29-of-52 for 335 yards (56%), although every completion was a first down including 9 touchdowns (the NFL scorekeepers consider a touchdown a first down).  However, when running the ball the Patriots were fairly effective, converting 73 first downs including 19 touchdowns, giving them a 65% conversion rate running the ball.  Overall New England definitely favored the ground game, carrying 112 times compared to the 52 where they decided to throw the football in those situations.

Breaking it down by receiver, here is how the numbers looked:

Wes Welker: 9 Targets, 8 Receptions, 80 Yards, 8 First Downs, 2 TD’s

Rob Gronkowski: 11 Targets, 6 Receptions, 56 Yards, 6 First Downs, 3 TD’s

Brandon Lloyd: 12 Targets, 4 Receptions, 42 Yards, 4 First Downs, 1 TD

Aaron Hernandez: 9 Targets, 4 Receptions, 52 Yards, 4 First Downs, 1 TD

Julian Edelman: 3 Targets, 3 Receptions, 14 Yards, 3 First Downs, 1 TD

Danny Woodhead: 4 Targets, 2 Receptions, 42 Yards, 2 First Downs, 1 TD

Deion Branch: 2 Targets, 1 Reception, 8 Yards, 1 First Down

Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 Target, 1 Reception, 41 Yards, 1 First Downs

As for the running backs, here’s a look at how the totals broke down by player:

Stevan Ridley:¬†63 Carries, 192 yards, 41 First Downs, 9 TD’s

Danny Woodhead:¬†19 Carries, 55 Yards, 10 First Downs, 3 TD’s

Brandon Bolden: 10 Carries, 33 Yards, 5 First Downs, 1 TD

Shane Vereen:¬†10 Carries, 28 Yards, 8 First Downs, 3 TD’s

Tom Brady:¬†9 Carries, 13 Yards, 8 First Downs, 3 TD’s

Lex Hilliard: 1 Carry, 2 Yards, 1 First Down

Stevan Ridley struggled down inside the Red Zone in short yardage situations for the Patriots in 2012. (FILE:USA Today Images)

Down inside the Red Zone, there were some additional numbers that stood out.  When it came to throwing the ball down down in scoring territory, in situations where they needed to convert 3 yards or less to sustain the drive Brady overall was 10-of-17 for 59 yards along with 10 first downs, 9 touchdowns and one interception.

Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:

Brandon Lloyd: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 27 yards, 2 first downs, 1 touchdown

Danny Woodhead: 1 target, 1 reception, 18 yards, 1 first down, 1 touchdown

Rob Gronkowski: 6 targets, 3 receptions, 6 yards, 3 first downs, 3 touchdowns

Wes Welker: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 5 yards, 2 first downs, 2 touchdowns

Julian Edelman: 1 target, 1 reception, 2 yards, 1 first down, 1 touchdown.

Aaron Hernandez: 3 targets, 1 reception, 1 yard, 1 first down, 1 touchdown

*There was also one additional attempt not credited as a target to a player

As you probably noticed, every reception caught by Woodhead, Gronkowski, Welker, Edelman, and Hernandez were all touchdowns – which they also credit as a first down.

Meanwhile once again, running the football, Ridley and Woodhead lead the way and accounted for 20 of the team’s 30 first downs, as well as combining for 12 touchdowns.

INSIDE THE FIVE YARD LINE: Here’s where it gets a little interesting. ¬†When they got inside the opponent’s 5 yard line, Ridley had eight touchdowns, while Woodhead had two. ¬†Tom Brady also accounted for 4 of the team’s 18 touchdowns from this distance.

Here’s a breakdown of how they fared:

Shane Vereen:¬†4 Carries, 9 Yards, 3 TD’s

Danny Woodhead: 6 carries, 8 yards, 2 TD’s

Stevan Ridley:¬†19 carries, -1 yards, ¬†8 TD’s

Tom Brady: 5¬†Carries, 6 Yards, 4 TD’s

Brandon Bolden: 6 Carries, 1 Yard, 1 TD

When throwing the football, the tight ends were the most targeted of the group. Overall Gronkowski (7 targets, 4 receptions) lead the team with 4 touchdowns, while Hernandez (4 targets, 2 catches) had 2, Welker (2 targets, 2 receptions) had 2, and Edelman (1 target, 1 reception) had one.

A couple of things to point out,  inside the 5 yard line of his 19 carries, Ridley surprisingly was tackled 8 times for a loss as well as 2 carries for no gain, which means more than half of his rushing attempts failed to gain any yardage.  Out of the entire group, Vereen was the only running back who managed to avoid losing yardage, albeit on just 4 carries.

You can view the numbers yourself here.

At the Opponents’ One Yard Line: ¬†One other thing worth pointing out is when the Patriots got down to their opponents one yard line, Ridley overall had a tough time, carrying 10 times for -1 yards on the year despite scoring four touchdowns. Of those carries he was stopped 4 times for a loss as well as twice for no gain.

Brandon Bolden also fared poorly from that distance, carrying 2 times for -5 yards. Meanwhile, Brady was a perfect 3-of-3, as was Vereen who carried 2 times with 2 TD’s. ¬†Woodhead was next finishing 1-of-2. One other fact? From the goal line the Patriots as a team actually carried 19 times for 0 yards.

Brady attempted just one pass last season from the one yard line, which was a touchdown pass to Hernandez.  It came in their road loss to the Seahawks back on October 14th, 2012.

You can view the full numbers here.

Obviously with a new group of players more or less replacing nearly the entire group at the receiver position and tight end spots, it will be interesting to see how much success New England has this season, especially when Brady is trying to keep the chains moving.

In the running game fortunately they’re returning most of their core players, so if nothing else hopefully they’ll continue to improve. ¬†Some of these numbers at least explains why the Patriots made some additional moves at running back, bringing in a couple of bigger players likely in hopes of improving on some of the issues they had last season.

We’ll at least start getting a look at some of these new players in a few weeks when training camp finally opens up at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots thought they had the Pittsburgh Steelers right where they wanted them, but in the end it wasn’t enough to steal receiver Emmanuel Sanders away and bring him to New England.

On Sunday Pittsburgh matched the Patriots $2.5 million offer sheet to Sanders, keeping him away from their Conference rival and forcing the Patriots to head back to the drawing board as they continue rebuilding what for now is still an uncertain position on their roster.

It’s already been a tough offseason for the Patriots, who lost free agent Wes Welker to the Broncos while also making the decision to part ways with Brandon Lloyd. The two accounted for nearly half of Tom Brady’s passing yards last season, sending New England into a rebuilding mode as they try to put together a more dynamic group that can be a little more effective outside the numbers.

Getting the ball down the field was definitely an issue in 2012. Last season the Patriots completion percentages ranked them 23rd in the league on throws to the deep left part of the field (31.25% completion rate), 27th on deep attempts to the middle (42.42% completion rate), and 28th on deep attempts to the right (26.32% completion rate).

They definitely took their shots, throwing 48 times down the field to the left (4th most in the NFL), 33 down the middle (6th most) and 38 down the field to the right (19th in the league).

Brandon Lloyd never ended up being the type of threat the Patriots were looking for. (FILE:USPresswire)

Looking at the numbers in our stats database, the Patriots clearly tried to make Brandon Lloyd their deep outside threat and it just didn’t work out. He was targeted a staggering 22 times with just 3 catches on deep attempts to the left (13% completion rate), along with 14 targets with just 5 catches on deep attempts to the right (35%).

Obviously the Patriots weren’t happy with his production and as a result they’ve opted to move in another direction.

So far they’ve added free agents Danny Amendola, Michael Jenkins and Donald Jones, but the group overall is still in need of an impact player. Sanders would have provided that and despite the price of a 3rd round pick would have potentially eliminated the uncertainty that comes with drafting someone, which is something that has plagued New England each time they’ve tried to select and develop a receiver in recent years.

As it stands right now they have Jenkins, Jones, Amendola, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater, Jeremy Ebert, Kamar Aiken and Andre Holmes rounding out their depth chart. It’s an extremely thin group at this point, with Amendola as the only real established veteran who has shown the ability to be a playmaker. However he’s had some injury issues and the Patriots will be looking for him to try and put together a complete season for them.

New England brought back Edelman recently and he gives them some depth, but it’s tough to expect much from him given his past production. They tried to get him more involved in the offense last year but he was inconsistent, although he’s been a weapon for them on punt returns. Unfortunately he too has had his share of injury issues and joins Amendola in that department.

With Sanders off the table the Patriots are left having to reevaluate their options as they continue trying to rearm Brady with some firepower. One more big playmaker is definitely something they need, so the big question we’re left with now is waiting to see exactly where they’ll ultimately find him.

New England could still address the position in the draft or potentially add depth when teams make additional roster cuts in the coming months, but by trying to make a move to acquire Sanders it’s clear they know they have an issue. How they solve it will continue to be one of the big question marks this offseason and hopefully they’ll find an answer sooner rather than later.

With Welker Gone, Patriots Have a Big Void on 3rd Down

Wednesday another era came to an end here in New England after veteran wide receiver Wes Welker agreed to terms on a contract with the Denver Broncos, which now has the Patriots having to start the process of figuring out how they’ll be operating offensively next season.

Welker was obviously one of New England’s most productive players, but one area that they’re going to miss him most is on 3rd down. ¬†Last season the veteran receiver accounted for 30 of the 92 completions Tom Brady had. ¬†The next closest player was Danny Woodhead who had 13, followed by Aaron Hernandez (12), Brandon Lloyd (11) and Rob Gronkowski (11).

With Welker gone, the Patriots have big shoes to fill. (FILE:USPresswire)

Of those 30 3rd down receptions 21 of them were first downs, nearly double that of the next closest player (Rob Gronkowski).

Overall Welker led the team with 72 first downs last season, with Brandon Lloyd right behind him with 50.  With Welker gone and Lloyd rumored to be next, both players accounted for 122 of the 256 first downs the team had in 2012.  Clearly 2013 is going to potentially feature more or less an entirely new group, which the Patriots started working on not long after the Welker news was announced.

They signed Rams free agent receiver Danny Amendola to a 5-year contract, which is a start. ¬†He’ll give them a solid weapon out of the slot but it’s highly unlikely he’ll be a guy who will catch 100+ passes and shoulder the load that Welker did.

He was the Rams best 3rd down receiver, which will certainly help as the Patriots start formulating a plan heading into next season.  According to Pro-Football-Reference Amendola was the Rams leading 3rd down receiver from 2009-2012, having been targeted 113 times with 67 completions, including four touchdowns.

Josh McDaniels familiarity with Amendola will help with the learning curve that he’ll have to get over, and the fact that they’ve signed him so early in the offseason will also help. ¬†He’ll also have minicamps and OTA’s to hopefully get acclimated with the Patriots’ system.

However, the Patriots are now officially in transition offensively and will certainly have a different look next season. ¬†They’re fortunate that they have Gronkowski and Hernandez as building blocks as they start putting things back together, but the surrounding cast is certainly changing. ¬†Hopefully as the next pieces are added New England continues at least bringing in guys who are under 30 and are proven commodities. ¬†They’ve had too many question marks in recent years with some of the veterans they’ve tried to bring in, and obviously we’ve seen how that’s worked out.

Clearly now with Welker in the rear view the Patriots have some moves that still need to be made.  Hopefully after letting go of one of their most productive receivers ever, the pressure will definitely be on to make sure they bring in players who can keep the chains moving next season.

Patriots Mesko Was a Difference Maker Sunday

Heading into Sunday’s showdown against the Ravens if history is any indication, the odds are pretty good that this will be a tough game that could come down to a field goal between two great football teams.

Mesko was a difference maker Sunday against Houston. (FILE:USPresswire)

When it comes to low scoring games every yard counts, as does starting field position.  That being said, one thing that really stood out during their win over the Texans was how effective punter Zoltan Mesko was in terms of really helping the Patriots defense out after their offense sputtered and really could have given Houston great field position.

He’s been terrific all season, and he finished the afternoon with 5 punts for 264 yards (52.8 avg – 49.4 net) including two inside the 20. ¬†His longest one of the day went for 64 yards, which was extremely impressive considering New England punted from their own 15 yard line and put Houston all the way back on the other end of the field at their own 21.

Here’s a breakdown of his afternoon:

1) 1st QTR Р12:48: Patriots punt from their own 27 yard line.  Punt goes for 61 yards with a 5 yard return, Texans start at their own 17.

2) 1st QTR Р6:00: Patriots punt from their own 35 yard line.  Punt goes for 57 yards with a 12 yard return, and the Texans start at their own 20.

3) 2nd QTR Р0:31: Mesko punts from their own 30 yard line.   Punt goes for 32 yards with no return, Texans start at their own 38.

4) 3rd QTR Р8:57: Patriots punt from their own 40 yard line.  Punt goes for 50 yards and no return, Texans start at their own 10.

5) 4th QTR Р10:11:  Patriots punt from their own 15 yard line.  Punt goes for 64 yards and no return, Texans start at their own 21.

On three of Mesko’s five punts the Patriots punted from at or inside their own 30 yard line, two of which Mesko managed to pin the Texans at or inside their own 20. ¬†Granted this game ended up being more or less in hand, but against tougher opponents the swing in field position is huge because shorter kicks can lead to – at the very least – field goal attempts.

Against the Ravens that’s what it could come down to. ¬†But fortunately with a kicker like Mesko New England has the upper hand in at least making sure Baltimore will have longer to go on each drive.

That’s an asset that can’t be overlooked, and one that makes you really appreciate just how valuable he is to this football team.

After going over the full stat breakdown from Sunday’s win over Houston, while looking at the rushing statistics it was interesting to note that the Patriots completely avoided running off right tackle or off the end on that side of the line.

Here’s a full breakdown of each zone including player stats:

Stevan Ridley: 2 carries, 4 yards (2.0 avg)
Shane Vereen: 1 carry, -1 yards (-1.0 avg)

Shane Vereen: 3 carries, 29 yards (9.7 avg), 1 TD
Stevan Ridley: 1 carry, 23 yards (23.0 avg)

Shane Vereen: 1 carry, 4 yards (4.0 avg)
Danny Woodhead: 1 carry, 0 yards (0.0 avg)
Stevan Ridley: 3 carries, -1 yards (-0.3 avg)

Stevan Ridley: 4 carries, 22 yards (5.5 avg)
Shane Vereen: 1 carry, 1 yard (1.0 avg)

Stevan Ridley: 5 carries, 34 yards (6.8 avg), 1 TD
Shane Vereen: 1 carry, 8 yards (8.0 avg)

No attempts.

No attempts.

Charting the Jaguars Rushing Attempts vs the Patriots

Taking a look at the rushing chart it appears the Jaguars didn’t have a lot of confidence running in between the guards or the tackles during Sunday’s game, registering just one carry off tackle while the majority were either up the middle or around the ends.

Here’s a breakdown of how how they attacked New England:

M.Owens: 10 Carries, 42 Yards (4.2 avg) 3 First Downs
R.Murphy: 10 Carries, 29 Yards (2.9 avg) 2 First Downs
C.Henne: 2 Carries, 22 Yards (11.0 avg) 2 First Downs
G.Jones: 1 Carry, 0 Yards


Left End:
R.Murphy: 1 Carry, 4 Yards (4.0 avg)

Left Tackle:
No Carries Registered

Left Guard:
No Carries Registered

M.Owens: 6 Carries 18 Yards (3.0 avg)
R.Murphy: 6 Carries 14 Yards (2.3 avg)
C.Henne: 1 Carry, 7 Yards
G.Jones: 1 Carry, 0 Yards

Right Guard:
R.Murphy: 1 Carry, -3 Yards

Right Tackle:
No Carries Registered

Right End:
M.Owens: 4 Carries, 24 Yards (6.0 avg)
C.Henne: 1 Carry, 15 Yards
R.Murphy: 2 Carries, 14 Yards (7.0 avg)