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Derek VanRiper

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Senior Baseball Editor for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210) from 11a-2p ET on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

What can we make of the Patriots after their first two games? The distribution of playing time against the Jets worked out as follows over the team's 65 offensive snaps:


Julian Edelman, 63 (97%)
Kenbrell Thompkins, 54 (83%)
Aaron Dobson, 33 (51%)
Josh Boyce, 2 (3%)

Of course, the Edelman show at receiver was the function of 18 targets from quarterback Tom Brady, which led to 13 catches for 78 yards Thursday night. Dobson's role significantly increased, as he was targeted 10 times against Thompkins' seven, while the rookies hauled in a combined five catches on those 17 chances.

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