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

11.03.11 at 3:24 pm ET
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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 seven weeks, here’€™s a look at the target breakdown in the New England passing game for the 2011 season:

Kevin Faulk: 5 catches on 5 targets (100 percent)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 4 catches on 5 targets (80 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 36 catches on 47 targets (77 percent)
Danny Woodhead: 8 catches on 11 targets (73 percent)
Wes Welker: 57 catches on 83 targets (69 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 2 catches on 3 targets (66 percent)
Deion Branch: 30 catches on 46 targets (65 percent)
Aaron Hernandez: 29 catches on 45 targets (64 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 9 catches on 16 targets (56 percent)
Julian Edelman: 3 catches on 6 targets (50 percent)
Matthew Slater: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 percent)
Taylor Price: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
Dane Fletcher: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
TOTAL: 184 catches on 272 targets (68 percent)

By position:
Running back: 19 catches on 24 targets (79 percent)
Tight end: 65 catches on 92 targets (71 percent)
Wide receiver: 100 catches on 154 targets (65 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

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