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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game

Posted By Christopher Price On December 4, 2012 @ 1:05 pm In General | No Comments

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 12 games of the 2012 regular season:

WR Wes Welker [1]: 92 catches on 133 targets
TE Rob Gronkowski [2]: 53 catches on 75 targets
WR Brandon Lloyd [3]: 50 catches on 89 targets
TE Aaron Hernandez [4]: 27 catches on 40 targets
RB Danny Woodhead [5]: 26 catches on 32 targets
WR Julian Edelman [6]: 21 catches on 32 targets
WR Deion Branch [7]: Nine catches on 20 targets
RB Shane Vereen [8]: Seven catches on 11 targets
RB Stevan Ridley: Six catches on 11 targets
TE Daniel Fells: Three catches on nine targets
RB Brandon Bolden: Two catches on two targets
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: Two catches on three targets
TE Kellen Winslow [9]: One catch on two targets
TOTALS: 299 catches on 459 targets

By position
Wide receiver: 172 catches on 274 targets
Tight end: 86 catches on 129 targets
Running back: 41 catches on 56 targets

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the targets through 12 games last season. [10]

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[1] Wes Welker: http://media.weei.com/football/wes-welker.htm

[2] Rob Gronkowski: http://media.weei.com/football/rob-gronkowski.htm

[3] Brandon Lloyd: http://media.weei.com/football/brandon-lloyd.htm

[4] Aaron Hernandez: http://media.weei.com/football/aaron-hernandez.htm

[5] Danny Woodhead: http://media.weei.com/football/danny-woodhead.htm

[6] Julian Edelman: http://media.weei.com/football/julian-edelman.htm

[7] Deion Branch: http://media.weei.com/football/deion-branch.htm

[8] Shane Vereen: http://media.weei.com/football/shane-vereen.htm

[9] Kellen Winslow: http://media.weei.com/football/kellen-winslow.htm

[10] By way of comparison, here’s a look at the targets through 12 games last season.: http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/sports/newengland/football/patriots/2011/12/06/target-practice-who-has-been-tom-bradys-favorite-receiver-through-12-games/

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