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Updating Tom Brady’s big board of favorite pass catchers: Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman now solidly ensconced among all-time leaders 12.01.16 at 12:58 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski continues to move up the list of all-time receptions via Tom Brady. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski continues to move up the list of all-time receptions via Tom Brady. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

We’ve tracked Tom Brady’s big board of favorite receivers several times over the last few years, but with Rob Gronkowski continuing to move up the list and Julian Edelman landing in the top 5 this year, we figured it would be a good time to revisit the latest totals. As always, we have to point out that these are not career totals, but only catches from Brady during regular-season contests:

Most catches from Brady, regular-season games only, career
1. Wes Welker (563 catches in 78 career regular-season games with Brady)
2. Rob Gronkowski (403 catches in 86 games)
3. Julian Edelman (363 catches in 94 games)
4. Deion Branch (328 catches in 89 games)
5. Troy Brown (323 catches in 84 games)
6. Kevin Faulk (310 catches in 117 games)

7. Randy Moss (192 catches in 36 games)
8. Aaron Hernandez (175 catches in 38 games)
9. David Givens (158 catches in 53 career games with Brady)
10. David Patten (157 catches in 54 games)

Here’s the rest of the top 20:
11. Danny Amendola, 151 catches; 12. Ben Watson, 142; 13. Daniel Graham, 117; 14. Brandon LaFell, 107; 15. Shane Vereen, 106; 16. Danny Woodhead, 92; 17. James White, 65; 18. Christian Fauria, 79; 19. Brandon Lloyd, 74; 20. Antowain Smith, 64.

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Julian Edelman becomes first Patriots’ skill position player to hit 100-target mark for 2016 11.29.16 at 8:45 am 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 or coach might have in said pass catcher. With all that in mind, here’s a look at the target breakdown through the first 11 games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 64 catches on 100 targets (64 percent)
RB James White: 43 catches on 61 targets (70 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 42 catches on 54 targets (78 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 25 catches on 38 targets (66 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 23 catches on 35 targets (66 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 16 catches on 27 targets (59 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 20 catches on 25 targets (80 percent)
RB Dion Lewis: 7 catches on 12 targets (58 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 7 targets (86 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
RB D.J. Foster: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
FB James Develin: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
WR Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

Breakdown of targets by position
Wide Receiver: 123 catches on 188 targets (68 percent)
Tight End: 67 catches on 94 targets (71 percent)
Running Back: 60 catches on 88 targets (68 percent)
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

When it comes to Edelman reaching 100 targets, he’s the first to hit the century mark this year. He’s ahead of last year’s pace, as Gronkowski was the first to top 100 targets, a feat that took place in the 14th game of the regular season. Edelman is 14th in the league in total targets through 11 games.

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Target Practice: Julian Edelman leading pack when it comes to Patriots’ passing game 11.22.16 at 9:23 am 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 or coach might have in said pass catcher. With all that in mind, here’s a look at the target breakdown through the first 10 games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 56 catches on 89 targets (63 percent)
RB James White: 39 catches on 52 targets (75 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 39 catches on 49 targets (80 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 25 catches on 36 targets (69 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 19 catches on 30 targets (63 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 19 catches on 24 targets (79 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 11 catches on 20 targets (55 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 6 targets (100 percent)
RB Dion Lewis: 3 catches on 5 targets (60 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
RB D.J. Foster: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
WR Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

Breakdown of targets by position
Wide Receiver: 105 catches on 164 targets (64 percent)
Tight End: 64 catches on 87 targets (74 percent)
Running Back: 51 catches on 69 targets (74 percent)
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

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Target Practice: Guess what Rob Gronkowski’s catch rate is through 9 games? 11.15.16 at 10:45 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

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 or coach might have in said pass catcher. With all that in mind, here’s a look at the target breakdown through the first nine games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 48 catches on 72 targets (67 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 38 catches on 47 targets (81 percent)
RB James White: 33 catches on 46 targets (72 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 25 catches on 36 targets (69 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 19 catches on 30 targets (63 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 17 catches on 21 targets (81 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 7 catches on 15 targets (47 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 6 targets (100 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
RB D.J. Foster: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
WR Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

Breakdown of targets by position
Wide Receiver: 91 catches on 139 targets (65 percent)
Tight End: 63 catches on 85 targets (74 percent)
Running Back: 42 catches on 58 targets (72 percent)
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

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Target Practice: Who has been top option in Patriots’ passing game over first half of season? 11.03.16 at 12:48 pm ET
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He doesn't get the same amount of chances as some of his high-profile teammates, but Danny Amendola is pretty much as dependable as they come. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

He doesn’t get the same amount of chances as some of his high-profile teammates, but Danny Amendola is pretty much as dependable as they come. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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 or coach might have in said pass catcher. With all that in mind, here’s a look at the target breakdown through the first eight games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 41 catches on 63 targets (65 percent)
RB James White: 29 catches on 42 targets (69 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 31 catches on 40 targets (78 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 22 catches on 30 targets (73 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 19 catches on 27 targets (70 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 16 catches on 20 targets (80 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 6 catches on 13 targets (46 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 6 targets (100 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
RB D.J. Foster: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
WR Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

Breakdown of targets by position
Wide Receiver: 81 catches on 116 targets (70 percent)
Tight End: 53 catches on 72 targets (74 percent)
Running Back: 38 catches on 54 targets (70 percent)
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

Since the start of the 2015 season, Amendola and Seattle’s Doug Baldwin are the only two wide receivers in the league who have been targeted at least 100 times and have a catch rate of 75 percent or better, according to Pro Football Reference. (Regular-season only.) Amendola has 81 catches on 107 targets (75.7 percent) and Baldwin has 116 catches on 154 targets (75.3 percent). Amendola does not get near the amount of targets in the New England passing game that Edelman or Gronkowski get, but his dependability says something about his overall value in the Patriots offense.

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Target Practice: Though 7 contests, Julian Edelman remains top option in Patriots’ passing game 10.25.16 at 7:57 am 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 or coach might have in said pass catcher. With all that in mind, here’s a look at the target breakdown through the first seven games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 37 catches on 55 targets (67 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 27 catches on 35 targets (77 percent)
RB James White: 27 catches on 37 targets (73 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 15 catches on 23 targets (65 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 17 catches on 23 targets (74 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 13 catches on 16 targets (81 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 6 catches on 13 targets (46 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 6 targets (100 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
RB D.J. Foster: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
WR Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

Breakdown of targets by position
Wide Receiver: 71 catches on 100 targets (71 percent)
Tight End: 44 catches on 60 targets (73 percent)
Running Back: 36 catches on 49 targets (73 percent)
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the target breakdown through seven games last season. Two things that really stand out when comparing last year to this season: James White has been able to replicate Dion Lewis’ production in the passing game, at least from a target perspective: Lewis had 32 catches on 45 targets through seven games last year, while White is at 27 catches on 37 targets this season. And despite the fact that he’s still the top target in the passing game, Julian Edelman’s targets are off significantly when compared to last year. Through the first seven games of 2015, he was at 75 targets. Through the first seven games of this year, he’s at 55. That’s likely a byproduct of the likes of Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan finding more opportunities, as well as the shuffling at quarterback over the first four games. From this viewpoint, it’s nothing necessarily to be concerned about, but it was still interesting to see.

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Target Practice: Julian Edelman still tops when it comes to chances in Patriots’ passing game 10.18.16 at 4:36 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 or coach might have in said pass catcher. With all that in mind, here’s a look at the target breakdown through the first six games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 28 catches on 45 targets
TE Martellus Bennett: 26 catches on 33 targets
RB James White: 25 catches on 32 targets
WR Chris Hogan: 13 catches on 21 targets
TE Rob Gronkowski: 13 catches on 19 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 13 catches on 16 targets
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 6 catches on 12 targets
RB LeGarrette Blount: 5 catches on 5 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 3 targets
RB D.J. Foster: 1 catch on 2 targets
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 catch on 1 target
WR Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target

Breakdown of targets by position
Wide Receiver: 60 catches on 87 targets
Tight End: 39 catches on 54 targets
Running Back: 33 catches on 42 targets
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target

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