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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game

09.25.12 at 8:46 am ET
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Wes Welker

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 through the first three weeks of the 2012 regular season:

WR Brandon Lloyd: 22 catches on 31 targets
WR Wes Welker: 16 catches on 26 targets
TE Rob Gronkowski: 14 catches on 18 targets
WR Julian Edelman: 10 catches on 15 targets
TE Aaron Hernandez: Six catches on eight targets
RB Stevan Ridley: Five catches on eight targets
WR Deion Branch: Two catches on three targets
RB Danny Woodhead: Two catches on three targets
TE Kellen Winslow: One catch on two targets
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: One catch on one target

By position
Wide receiver: 50 catches on 75 targets
Tight end: 22 catches on 29 targets
Running back: 7 catches on 11 targets

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