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Week 7 Patriots vs Jets Snap Counts: Tre Jackson is an Iron Man

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The Patriots were short handed on offense and it showed.

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The Patriots used just one offensive line

With Nate Solder done for the season and with Marcus Cannon and Shaq Mason unable to play, the Patriots were scooping from the bottom of the barrel. The starting line consisted of Sebastian Vollmer, Josh Kline, David Andrews, Tre Jackson, and Cameron Fleming. Instead of rotating in veteran Ryan Wendell, these five players were on the field the entire game for the first time all year.

Running backs were still key contributors

While James White (64%) and LeGarrette Blount (12%) didn't carry the ball, their snap count shows that they were key members of the game plan, mostly in a blitz pick-up capacity.

The skill players were all receivers

Rob Gronkowski (100%) and Julian Edelman (99%) were very involved, while Danny Amendola (85%) and Brandon LaFell (72%) rarely left the field. Aaron Dobson (34%) was a key depth player and Scott Chandler (10%) is still looking for time. Michael Williams (22%) had a quiet day and his low usage is a surprise as he could have definitely helped out with the offensive line's blocking.

Seven defenders were ironmen

Devin McCourty, Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins all played 100% of the snaps, while Dont'a Hightower (99%) and Rob Ninkovich (97%) rarely left the field. Patrick Chung (90%) also deserves credit as a potential eighth ironman. Justin Coleman (72%) was a key nickel player.

Malcom Brown led the DTs, Sealver Siliga disappeared

Brown (47%), Alan Branch (43%), Dominique Easley (39%) and Akiem Hicks (32%) rotated around on the interior to stop the Jets run game. Siliga (14%) played a meager 10 snaps on the day. Where did he go? Why wasn't he a part of the plan? He'll be interesting to watch moving forward.

Jerod Mayo held out this game

Jonathan Freeny (31%) saw 22 snaps on defense, while Jerod Mayo saw zero and just one special teams snap. While Danny Amendola is doing his best to justify the Patriots keeping his contract after this season, it seems like Mayo's departure is inevitable.

These players had 15+ snaps on special teams

Nate Ebner (25), Duron Harmon (20), Jordan Richards (19), Brandon King (19), Jonathan Bostic (19), Matthew Slater (19), Patrick Chung (18), Tavon Wilson (18), Jonathan Freeny (15).