Everyone gets to see the field!
Thanks to the game-ending kneel downs by Jimmy Garoppolo, every Patriots player that suited up was able to see the field in the 27-10 victory.
Raise your hand if you had Cameron Fleming, David Andrews, and Josh Kline as key players
The three offensive linemen were the only players to take 100% of the offense's 80 snaps. These are two undrafted players and a practice squad promotion. While the team won't want to play this line moving forward, they performed surprisingly well. There were concerns about left guard Shaq Mason due to a knee injury, but he played 74 (92%) of the snaps.
LeGarrette Blount handled 48 snaps (60%)
This was lower than I expected, but Dion Lewis played 24 (30%). I would expect Blount's role to grow moving forward as he takes over a greater share of the backfield as the team looks to use James White in purely passing situations. Don't forget that Blount has been working on his receiving, too.
Jonathan Freeny led the linebackers in snaps
I don't know if the Patriots just treated this game like another bye week, but Freeny had the green dot helmet and he led the huddles with 57 of a possible 58 snaps (98%). Dont'a Hightower played 36 snaps (62%) and Jerod Mayo played 13 (22%). Jonathan Bostic even got some action with 10 snaps (17%).
Dominique Easley and Malcom Brown lead the defensive tackles
Easley played 30 snaps (52%) and Brown played 23 (40%) and they both outpaced Akiem Hicks (21, 36%) and Alan Branch (18, 31%). Sealver Siliga continues to see his playing time disappear as he only saw 10 snaps (17%). He doesn't seem injured, but the team hasn't been happy with how he's getting off his blocks.
Easley and Geneo Grissom helped out at defensive end
Chandler Jones (50, 86%) and Rob Ninkovich (47, 81%) were the clear starters, but Easley and Grissom (14, 24%) pitched in some time at end while Jabaal Sheard remains sidelined. Easley's versatility is really paying off with significant production.
The secondary is still established
Devin McCourty, Malcolm Butler, and Logan Ryan all played 100% of the snaps, while Justin Coleman (55, 95%) was three snaps behind them. Patrick Chung (45, 78%) was usually on the field, while Duron Harmon (20, 34%) and Jordan Richards (15, 26%) saw less time.
These players saw 10+ snaps on special teams
Nate Ebner (17), Jonathan Bostic (14), Jordan Richards (14), Matthew Slater (14), Brandon King (13), Patrick Chung (13), Jonathan Freeny (13), Brandon Bolden (13), Stephen Gostkowski (11)