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Patriots vs. Chiefs Snap Counts: LaFell Goes Wire-to-Wire

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Taking a closer look at the Patriots' snap counts from week four.

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After scanning the Patriots' snap counts from the team's week four blowout loss to the Chiefs, here are a few things that stood out on each side of the ball:

Offense

1. At the wide receiver position, Brandon LaFell played all 50 snaps for the Patriots, which signifies his emergence as the team's #3 wide receiver. His ability to block allows him to stay on the field in almost all scenarios. Julian Edelman played all but three snaps and Danny Amendola played 28 of 50. For those expecting a bigger role from Tim Wright, he played just 16 snaps and didn't have a target go his way.

2. The only lineman to play 100% of the snaps in this game was Bryan Stork, and his performance reflected that snap count. At one point, each of Cameron Fleming (47/50), Nate Solder (41/50), Sebastian Vollmer (39/50), and Dan Connolly (38/50) were benched. Marcus Cannon and Ryan Wendell played 20 and 15 snaps, respectively.

3. The Patriots didn't do much to establish their running attack, and that was evident when looking at the snap counts. Shane Vereen played 29 of 50 while Stevan Ridley played just 12 snaps. James White played a lot in garbage time, picking up 14 snaps. Vereen and Ridley's snaps need to be reversed, or at least a lot closer to even, going forward.

Defense

1. A week after seven defenders went wire-to-wire for the Patriots, not a single defender hit that mark yesterday. The only defenders with 90% or more snaps played were Devin McCourty, Rob Ninkovich, Jerod Mayo, and Darrelle Revis.

2. Chandler Jones appeared to tweak his shoulder, and only played 43 snaps. He was replaced by Dominique Easley (31 snaps) and Michael Buchanan (12 snaps).

3. After playing just 20 snaps coming back from injury a week ago, Jamie Collins returned to more of a full-time role last night, playing in 54 total snaps for the defense (81%).

Note: Snap counts tracked by NFL, provided via official gamebook.