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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game

09.13.13 at 11:41 pm ET
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Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

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 two games of the 2013 season:

WR Julian Edelman: 20 catches on 27 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 10 catches on 14 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 7 catches on 10 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 catches on 21 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 catches on 10 targets
FB James Develin: 1 catch on 1 target
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 catch on 3 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 0 catches on 2 targets
RB Leon Washington: 0 catches on 1 target
RB LeGarrette Blount: 0 catches on 1 target
TE Zach Sudfeld: 0 catches on 1 target

By position
Wide receiver: 39 catches on 74 targets
Running back/fullback: 8 catches on 13 targets
Tight end: 1 catch on 4 targets

By way of comparison, here’s how the breakdown by position looked through two games in 2012:
Wide receiver: 27 catches on 43 targets
Running back: 6 catches on 8 targets
Tight end: 18 catches on 23 targets

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