Rookie TEs lead playtime chart again - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston It's great seeing Gronkowski and Hernandez and Price getting all this time, and I'm sure Spikes and McCourty's snaps are high too, on defense. One thing I'm wondering: You hear all the time that one big adjustment for rookies is the length of the NFL season compared to college. Considering that, and how much the rookies will be counted on this season, how do folks think Pats should handle rookie playing time next two weeks? I guess next week is the big Third Game where the 1s get a lot of snaps. But do you play these top picks a lot less in the final game? Or is the attitude "they're young; play 'em; they'll get over it"?