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Tracking opportunities in Patriots preseason passing game

08.25.13 at 2:58 pm ET
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Kenbrell Thompkins leads the Patriots in targets through the first three preseason games. (AP)

Rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins leads the Patriots in targets through the first three preseason games. (AP)

Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains a vaguely 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 games of the 2013 preseason:

WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 13 catches on 21 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 8 catches on 21 targets
WR Julian Edelman: 10 catches on 12 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 7 catches on 11 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 7 catches on 8 targets
TE Zach Sudfeld: 6 catches on 9 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 5 catches on 10 targets
TE Daniel Fells: 3 catches on 3 targets
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 2 catch on 5 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catch on 4 targets
WR Kamar Aiken: 2 catches on 3 targets
FB James Develin: 2 catches on 3 targets
RB Leon Washington: 2 catches on 2 targets
RB LeGarrette Blount: 1 catch on 3 targets
WR Quentin Sims: 1 catch on 2 targets
RB Stevan Ridley: 0 catches on 1 target
WR Johnathan Haggerty: 0 catches on 2 targets
TE Evan Landi: 0 catches on 1 target
TE Jake Ballard: 0 catches on 1 target

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