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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game

11.19.13 at 5:32 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 ten games of the 2013 season:

WR Julian Edelman: 52 catches on 78 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 35 catches on 72 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 29 catches on 44 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 25 catches on 57 targets
TE Rob Gronkowski: 24 catches on 39 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 17 catches on 23 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 15 catches on 21 targets
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 10 catches on 14 targets
RB Stevan Ridley: 9 catches on 10 targets
WR Austin Collie: 3 catches on 7 targets
FB James Develin: 2 catches on 2 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 1 catch on 6 targets
TE Matthew Mulligan: 1 catch on 2 targets
TE Zach Sudfeld: 0 catches on 3 targets
RB LeGarrette Blount: 0 catches on 2 targets
RB Leon Washington: 0 catches on 1 target
TE/OL Nate Solder: 0 catches on 1 target

By position
Wide receiver: 145 catches on 264 targets
Running back/fullback: 43 catches on 59 targets
Tight end: 35 catches on 58 targets
Other: 0 catches on 1 target

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