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Target Practice: Who has been Tom Brady’s favorite receiver through four games?

10.04.11 at 9:28 am 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 four 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)
Danny Woodhead: 6 catches on 8 targets (75 percent)
Wes Welker: 40 catches on 57 targets (70 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 18 catches on 27 targets (66 percent)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 2 catches on 3 targets (66 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 2 catches on 3 targets (66 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 7 catches on 11 targets (64 percent)
Deion Branch: 16 catches on 26 targets (62 percent)
Julian Edelman: 3 catches on 6 targets (50 percent)
Matthew Slater: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 percent)
Dane Fletcher: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
TOTAL: 109 catches on 163 targets (69 percent)

By position:
Running back: 10 catches on 14 targets (71 percent)
Tight end: 32 catches on 45 targets (71 percent)
Wide receiver: 67 catches on 103 targets (65 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

Read More: Aaron Hernandez, BenJarvus Green Ellis, Chad Ochocinco, Dane Fletcher



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