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

11.10.11 at 12:53 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 eight games, 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: 5 catches on 6 targets (83 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 3 catches on 4 targets (75 percent)
Wes Welker: 66 catches on 93 targets (71 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 44 catches on 62 targets (71 percent)
Aaron Hernandez: 33 catches on 50 targets (66 percent)
Danny Woodhead: 11 catches on 17 targets (65 percent)
Deion Branch: 32 catches on 51 targets (63 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 9 catches on 21 targets (43 percent)
Julian Edelman: 3 catches on 7 targets (43 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: 212 catches on 321 targets (66 percent)

By position:
Running back: 24 catches on 32 targets (75 percent)
Tight end: 77 catches on 112 targets (69 percent)
Wide receiver: 111 catches on 176 targets (63 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

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