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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game

09.09.13 at 6:13 pm ET

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 after the first game of the 2013 season:

WR Danny Amendola: 10 catches on 14 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 4 catches on 14 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 7 catches on 10 targets
WR Julian Edelman: 7 catches on 9 targets
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 catch on 2 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 0 catches on 2 targets
TE Zach Sudfeld: 0 catches on 1 target
TOTALS: 29 catches on 52 targets

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