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Target Practice: Who is the favorite target of the Patriots’ passing game this preseason?

08.24.12 at 10:42 am 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. Here’€™s a look at the target breakdown for the New England passing game to this point in the 2012 preseason:

RB Shane Vereen: Six catches on eight targets
WR Julian Edelman: Six catches on nine targets
WR Jeremy Ebert: Four catches on 10 targets
RB Danny Woodhead: Three catches on six targets
WR Deion Branch: Three catches on four targets
TE Rob Gronkowski: Two catches on three targets
WR Jabar Gaffney: Two catches on three targets
RB Eric Kettani: Two catches on three targets
WR Donte’€™ Stallworth: Two catches on eight targets
TE Alex Silvestro: Two catches on four targets
TE Tyler Urban: One catch on two targets
TE Aaron Hernandez: One catch on one target
WR Britt Davis: One catch on four targets
RB Brandon Bolden: Zero catches on four targets
WR Jesse Holley: Zero catches on three targets
RB Stevan Ridley: Zero catches on two targets
WR Matthew Slater: Zero catches on one target
WR Brandon Lloyd: Zero catches on one target

By position:
Wide receiver: 18 catches on 43 targets
Running back: 11 catches on 23 targets
Tight end: Six catches on 10 targets

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