It Is What It Is
Follow football writer Christopher Price at In addition, get the latest updates at
A Patriots Blog Blog Network

Target Practice: Who has been Tom Brady’s favorite receiver though 14 games?

12.21.11 at 2:57 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 14 games, here’€™s a look at the target breakdown in the New England passing game for the 2011 season:

Kevin Faulk: 7 catches on 9 targets (78 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 3 catches on 4 targets (75 percent)
Wes Welker: 104 catches on 142 targets (73 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 75 catches on 105 targets (71 percent)
Aaron Hernandez: 68 catches on 96 targets (71 percent)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 8 catches on 12 targets (67 percent)
Deion Branch: 48 catches on 81 targets (59 percent)
Danny Woodhead: 16 catches on 29 targets (55 percent)
Tiquan Underwood: 3 catches on 6 targets (50 percent)
Julian Edelman: 4 catches on 8 targets (50 percent)
Chad Ochocinco: 14 catches on 29 targets (48 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: 143 catches on 201 targets (71 percent)
Wide receiver: 174 catches on 270 targets (64 percent)
Running back: 34 catches on 54 targets (63 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

Read More: Aaron Hernandez, BenJarvus Green Ellis, Chad Ochocinco, Dane Fletcher
Latest on Twitter
Patriots Box Score
Patriots Schedule
Player News
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Patriots Headlines
NFL Headlines
Tips & Feedback