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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game

10.01.13 at 11:54 am 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 four games of the 2013 season:

WR Julian Edelman: 34 catches on 43 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 15 catches on 39 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 11 catches on 30 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 10 catches on 14 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 7 catches on 10 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 6 catches on 7 targets
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 3 catch on 5 targets
RB Stevan Ridley: 3 catches on 3 targets
FB James Develin: 2 catches on 2 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 1 catch on 6 targets
TE Matthew Mulligan: 1 catch on 1 target
TE Zach Sudfeld: 0 catches on 3 targets
RB Leon Washington: 0 catches on 1 target
RB LeGarrette Blount: 0 catches on 1 target

By position
Wide receiver: 71 catches on 132 targets
Running back/fullback: 18 catches on 24 targets
Tight end: 4 catches on 9 targets

By way of comparison, here’s a look at how things broke down through four games last season.

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