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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game

10.08.13 at 7:45 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 five games of the 2013 season:

WR Julian Edelman: 36 catches on 50 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 18 catches on 43 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 14 catches on 23 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 13 catches on 34 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 12 catches on 15 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 7 catches on 10 targets
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 4 catches on 7 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
TE/OL Nate Solder: 0 catches on 1 target

By position’€¨

Wide receiver: 82 catches on 156 targets

Running back/fullback: 24 catches on 32 targets

Tight end: 5 catches on 11 targets

Other: 0 catches on 1 target

For comparisons sake, here’s a look at targets through the first five games of the 2012 season.

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