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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game

12.31.13 at 7:00 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 for the 2013 regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 105 catches on 151 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 54 catches on 83 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 47 catches on 69 targets
TE Rob Gronkowski: 39 catches on 66 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 37 catches on 79 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 32 catches on 69 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 21 catches on 29 targets
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 12 catches on 19 targets
RB Stevan Ridley: 10 catches on 12 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 9 catches on 19 targets
WR Austin Collie: 6 catches on 11 targets
FB James Develin: 4 catches on 4 targets
TE Matthew Mulligan: 2 catches on 3 targets
RB LeGarrette Blount: 2 catches on 5 targets
TE Zach Sudfeld: 0 catches on 3 targets
RB Leon Washington: 0 catches on 1 target
TE/OL Nate Solder: 0 catches on 1 target
TE DJ Williams: 0 catches on 1 target

By position’€¨

Wide receiver: 243 catches on 412 targets

Running back/fullback: 84 catches on 120 targets

Tight end: 53 catches on 92 targets

Other: 0 catches on 1 target

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the target breakdown by position for the previous four seasons:

Wide receiver: 230 catches on 369 targets
Tight end: 116 catches on 182 targets
Running back: 56 catches on 84 targets

Wide receiver: 196 catches on 309 targets
Tight end: 169 catches on 237 targets
Running back: 37 catches on 58 targets
Other: 0 catches on 1 target

Wide receiver: 177 catches on 282 targets
Tight end: 93 catches on 134 targets
Running back: 61 catches on 86 targets

Wide receiver: 273 catches on 423 targets
Running back: 74 catches on 105 targets
Tight end: 43 catches on 60 targets

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