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Who was Tom Brady’s No. 1 target in passing game in 2015 postseason? 01.27.16 at 12:17 pm ET
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Julian Edelman was Tom Brady's top target in the 2015 postseason. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Julian Edelman was Tom Brady‘s top target in the 2015 postseason. (Maddie Meyer/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. Here’s a look at the complete target breakdown for the New England passing game for the two playoff games (by way of comparison, here’s a look at the target breakdown for the 2015 regular season):

Julian Edelman: 17 catches on 29 targets
Rob Gronkowski: 15 catches on 23 targets
James White: 7 catches on 19 targets
Danny Amendola: 7 catches on 11 targets
Brandon LaFell: 3 catches on 5 targets
Keshawn Martin: 2 catches on 5 targets
Brandon Bolden: 3 catches on 4 targets
Steven Jackson: 1 catch on 1 target

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Target Practice: Danny Amendola one of 3 Patriots’ starters who finish regular-season with catch rate better than 70 percent 01.04.16 at 11:36 am ET
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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. In addition, like our look at offensive opportunities, it gives you some sort of indication as to the chances younger pass catchers are getting. With the regular season finished, here’s a look at the complete target breakdown for the New England passing game:

TE Rob Gronkowski: 72 catches on 120 targets (60 percent)
WR Julian Edelman: 61 catches on 88 targets (69 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 65 catches on 87 targets (75 percent)
WR Brandon LaFell: 37 catches on 74 targets (50 percent)
RB James White: 40 catches on 54 targets (74 percent)
RB Dion Lewis: 36 catches on 50 targets (72 percent)
TE Scott Chandler: 23 catches on 42 targets (55 percent)
WR Keshawn Martin: 25 catches in 36 targets (69 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 19 catches on 30 targets (63 percent)
WR Aaron Dobson: 13 catches on 21 targets (62 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 7 targets (86 percent)
TE Mike Williams: 3 catches on 6 targets (50 percent)
WR Chris Harper: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 percent)
RB Steven Jackson: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
TE Asante Cleveland: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
QB Tom Brady: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
WR/ST Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target

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James White, Danny Amendola nearing mark for dependability in Patriots’ passing game 12.29.15 at 12:17 pm ET
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You want to land in Tom Brady's circle of trust? Catch the ball seven out of the ten times he throws it in your direction, like James White has done this year.  (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

You want to land in Tom Brady‘s circle of trust? Catch the ball more than seven out of the ten times he throws it in your direction, like James White has done this year. (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. In addition, like our look at offensive opportunities, it gives you some sort of indication as to the chances younger pass catchers are getting. After 15 games, here’s a look at the complete target breakdown for the New England passing game to this point in the year:

TE Rob Gronkowski: 70 catches on 113 targets (62 percent)
WR Julian Edelman: 61 catches on 88 targets (69 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 63 catches on 83 targets (76 percent)
WR Brandon LaFell: 35 catches on 70 targets (50 percent)
RB James White: 38 catches on 51 targets (75 percent)
RB Dion Lewis: 36 catches on 50 targets (72 percent)
TE Scott Chandler: 23 catches on 41 targets (56 percent)
WR Keshawn Martin: 24 catches in 35 targets (69 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 17 catches on 28 targets (61 percent)
WR Aaron Dobson: 13 catches on 21 targets (62 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 7 targets (86 percent)
TE Mike Williams: 3 catches on 6 targets (50 percent)
WR Chris Harper: 0 catches on 2 targets
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
TE Asante Cleveland: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
QB Tom Brady: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
WR/ST Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target

It appears that White and Amendola are at least near the existing mark for dependability in the Patriots’ passing game, a high set last season by former New England tight end Tim Wright. Wright posted a 79 percent catch rate (26 catches on 33 targets), a high for any offensive skill position player who was targeted at least 20 times in a single season since the NFL started charting targets in 2009. (The tight end broke the previous mark of 77 percent, set by five different pass catchers, most recently Danny Woodhead, who caught 34 of 44 passes in 2010.)

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Rob Gronkowski on verge of leading Patriots passing game in targets for full season for first time in his career 12.22.15 at 8:00 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski has been Tom Brady's top target this season. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski has been Tom Brady‘s top target this season. (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. In addition, like our look at offensive opportunities, it gives you some sort of indication as to the chances younger pass catchers are getting. After 14 games, here’s a look at the complete target breakdown for the New England passing game to this point in the year:

TE Rob Gronkowski: 66 catches on 107 targets
WR Julian Edelman: 61 catches on 88 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 63 catches on 83 targets
WR Brandon LaFell: 34 catches on 69 targets
RB Dion Lewis: 36 catches on 50 targets
RB James White: 33 catches on 46 targets
TE Scott Chandler: 23 catches on 41 targets
WR Keshawn Martin: 17 catches in 24 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 13 catches on 21 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 12 catches on 21 targets
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 7 targets
TE Mike Williams: 3 catches on 5 targets
WR Chris Harper: 0 catches on 2 targets
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 catch on 1 target
TE Asante Cleveland: 1 catch on 1 target
QB Tom Brady: 1 catch on 1 target
WR/ST Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target

One quick note: If he holds on to the lead over the last two games — and it appears he will — 2015 would mark the first time in his career Gronkowski will have led the Patriots in targets.

One more note: Here’s a look at how the targets broke down for the Patriots’ passing game through 14 games last season.

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Target Practice: After 13 games, Rob Gronkowski remains primary target for Tom Brady in Patriots’ passing game 12.15.15 at 6:15 am ET
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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. In addition, like our look at offensive opportunities, it gives you some sort of indication as to the chances younger pass catchers are getting. After 13 games, here’s a look at the complete target breakdown for the New England passing game to this point in the year:

TE Rob Gronkowski: 61 catches on 96 targets
WR Julian Edelman: 61 catches on 88 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 62 catches on 81 targets
WR Brandon LaFell: 30 catches on 64 targets
RB Dion Lewis: 36 catches on 50 targets
TE Scott Chandler: 23 catches on 41 targets
RB James White: 26 catches on 38 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 13 catches on 21 targets
WR Keshawn Martin: 14 catches in 20 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 10 catches on 18 targets
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 7 targets
TE Mike Williams: 2 catches on 4 targets
WR Chris Harper: 0 catches on 2 targets
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 catch on 1 target
TE Asante Cleveland: 1 catch on 1 target
QB Tom Brady: 1 catch on 1 target
WR/ST Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target

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How have targets in Patriots passing game been distributed through first 12 games? 12.08.15 at 11:26 am ET
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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. In addition, like our look at offensive opportunities, it gives you some sort of indication as to the chances younger pass catchers are getting. After 12 games, here’s a look at the complete target breakdown for the New England passing game to this point in the year:

TE Rob Gronkowski: 57 catches on 92 targets
WR Julian Edelman: 61 catches on 88 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 56 catches on 73 targets
WR Brandon LaFell: 25 catches on 56 targets
RB Dion Lewis: 36 catches on 50 targets
TE Scott Chandler: 23 catches on 41 targets
RB James White: 22 catches on 32 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 13 catches on 21 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 10 catches on 18 targets
WR Keshawn Martin: 11 catches in 16 targets
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 7 targets
TE Mike Williams: 2 catches on 4 targets
WR Chris Harper: 0 catches on 2 targets
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 catch on 1 target
TE Asante Cleveland: 1 catch on 1 target
QB Tom Brady: 1 catch on 1 target
WR/ST Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target

Here’s a look at how targets have broken down by position through 12 games:

Wide receivers: 166 catches on 257 targets
Tight end: 83 catches on 138 targets
Running back: 75 catches on 108 targets
Quartertback: 1 catch on 1 target

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After 11 games, TE Rob Gronkowski now tops in targets for Patriots 12.01.15 at 7:41 pm ET
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Through 11 games, Rob Gronkowski leads the Patriots in total targets. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Through 11 games, Rob Gronkowski leads the Patriots in total targets. (Jared Wickerham/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. In addition, like our look at offensive opportunities, it gives you some sort of indication as to the chances younger pass catchers are getting. After 11 games, here’€™s a look at the complete target breakdown for the New England passing game to this point in the year:

TE Rob Gronkowski: 57 catches on 92 targets
WR Julian Edelman: 61 catches on 88 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 49 catches on 60 targets
RB Dion Lewis: 36 catches on 50 targets
WR Brandon LaFell: 21 catches on 47 targets
TE Scott Chandler: 19 catches on 34 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 13 catches on 21 targets
RB James White: 12 catches on 19 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 9 catches on 13 targets
WR Keshawn Martin: 8 catches in 9 targets
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 7 targets
TE Mike Williams: 2 catches on 4 targets
WR Chris Harper: 0 catches on 2 targets
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 catch on 1 target
TE Asante Cleveland: 1 catch on 1 target
WR/ST Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target

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