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Target Practice: Who has been Tom Brady’s favorite receiver through 10 games?

11.23.11 at 10:19 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 ten 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: 6 catches on 8 targets (75 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 3 catches on 4 targets (75 percent)
Wes Welker: 74 catches on 103 targets (72 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 56 catches on 80 targets (70 percent)
Aaron Hernandez: 41 catches on 62 targets (66 percent)
Deion Branch: 39 catches on 63 targets (62 percent)
Danny Woodhead: 14 catches on 24 targets (58 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 11 catches on 23 targets (48 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)

By position:
Running back: 28 catches on 41 targets (68 percent)
Tight end: 97 catches on 142 targets (68 percent)
Wide receiver: 128 catches on 201 targets (64 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

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