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Target Practice: Who has been Tom Brady’s favorite receiver through 15 games?

12.28.11 at 1:57 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 15 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)
Wes Welker: 116 catches on 161 targets (72 percent)
Rob Gronkowski: 82 catches on 114 targets (72 percent)
Aaron Hernandez: 72 catches on 102 targets (71 percent)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 8 catches on 12 targets (67 percent)
Stevan Ridley: 3 catches on 5 targets (60 percent)
Deion Branch: 51 catches on 90 targets (57 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: 15 catches on 31 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: 154 catches on 216 targets (71 percent)
Wide receiver: 190 catches on 297 targets (64 percent)
Running back: 34 catches on 55 targets (62 percent)
Other: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

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