Patriots RB Shane Vereen led all backs in snaps in Week 1.
Vereen had a short-yardage TD in the game on top of his normal pass-catching duties James White was inactive. It's hard to get a feel for the Pats offense week-to-week, but Vereen continues to be the safest play.
Also of note is Julian Edelman leading the WRs with Danny Amendola next. The author pointed to Aaron Dobson as a key loss in terms of down the field presence.
TE Rob Gronkowski played on just 38 of 76 snaps but did catch a TD. It was expected he wouldn't see significant time. If that trend continues next week, he's still worth putting in fantasy lineups for his red zone presence alone.