To be honest - googlebot is clever...
It tends to look at your meta tags, for the AMOUNT of content. The more you have the more eager they think you are for rankings.
Therefore the less you have the kinder thre googlebot. Or at least thats how I understand it.
However google does not use meta tags for placement, it searches yuor text.
It does not like text the same colour as the background either, or any hidden comments to get yourself higher.