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Target practice: Who has been Tom Brady’s favorite receiver through three games?

09.27.11 at 1:07 pm ET

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. After three weeks, here’s a look at the target breakdown in the New England passing game for the 2010 season.

Aaron Hernandez: 14 catches on 18 targets (78 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 17 catches on 22 targets (77 percent)
Danny Woodhead: 6 catches on 8 targets (75 percent)
Deion Branch: 15 catches on 22 targets (68 percent)
Wes Welker: 31 catches on 43 targets (72 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 5 catches on 9 targets (56 percent)
Matthew Slater: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
Julian Edelman: 2 catch on 5 targets (40 percent)
Dane Fletcher: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
TOTAL: 93 catches on 133 targets (70 percent)

By position:
Running back: 8 catches on 11 targets (73 percent)
Tight end: 31 catches on 40 targets (78 percent)
Wide receiver: 54 catches on 81 targets (67 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

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