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Target Practice: Who has been Tom Brady’s favorite receiver through 12 games?

12.06.11 at 2:32 pm ET
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On Sunday against the Colts, Tom Brady targeted Wes Welker 11 times, and the receiver caught all 11 balls. (AP)

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 12 games, here’s a look at the target breakdown in the New England passing game for the 2011 season:

Kevin Faulk: 6 catches on 6 targets (100 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 3 catches on 4 targets (75 percent)
Wes Welker: 93 catches on 126 targets (74 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 65 catches on 90 targets (72 percent)
Aaron Hernandez: 54 catches on 78 targets (69 percent)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 6 catches on 9 targets (67 percent)
Deion Branch: 48 catches on 79 targets (61 percent)
Danny Woodhead: 14 catches on 25 targets (56 percent)
Tiquan Underwood: 1 catche on 2 target (50 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 12 catches on 25 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:
Tight end: 119 catches on 168 targets (71 percent)
Running back: 29 catches on 44 targets (66 percent)
Wide receiver: 158 catches on 244 targets (65 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

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