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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

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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