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Target Practice: Tom Brady and Deion Branch remain a sure thing together

09.20.11 at 8:03 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Deion Branch. (AP)

Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains an imperfect stat — a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback — it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer might have in his pass catcher. Two weeks into the season, here’s a look at the target breakdown in the New England passing game for 2011:

Deion Branch: 15 catches on 19 targets (79 percent)
Aaron Hernandez: 14 catches on 18 targets (78 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 10 catches on 13 targets (77 percent)
Wes Welker: 15 catches on 23 targets (65 percent)
Danny Woodhead: 3 catches on 3 targets (100 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 3 catches on 5 targets (60 percent)
Matthew Slater: 1 catch on 2 target (50 percent)
Julian Edelman: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
Dane Fletcher: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
TOTAL: 63 catches on 88 targets (72 percent)

By position:
Running back: 4 catches on 5 targets (80 percent)
Tight end: 24 catches on 31 targets (77 percent)
Wide receiver: 35 catches on 51 targets (69 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

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