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Julian Edelman was Tom Brady’s top target in 2014 postseason, but Shane Vereen was amazingly dependable 02.05.15 at 8:00 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 might have in his pass catcher. Here’€™s a look at the target breakdown for the Patriots for the 2014 postseason (by way of comparison, here’€™s a look at the target breakdown for the 2014 regular season):

WR Julian Edelman: 26 catches on 37 targets (70 percent)
RB Shane Vereen: 18 catches on 21 targets (86 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 16 catches on 31 targets (52 percent)
WR Brandon LaFell: 13 catches on 20 targets (65 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 11 catches on 16 targets (69 percent)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 6 catches on 6 targets (100 percent)
FB James Develin: 2 catches on 2 targets (100 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
LT/TE Nate Solder: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

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Julian Edelman remains Tom Brady’s favorite postseason target for fourth straight playoff game 01.20.15 at 7:00 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 might have in his pass catcher. Here’s a look at the target breakdown for two games of the 2014 postseason. (By way of comparison, here’s the target breakdown for the 2014 regular season.)

WR Julian Edelman: 17 catches on 25 targets (68 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 10 catches on 21 targets (48 percent)
WR Brandon LaFell: 9 catches on 13 targets (69 percent)
RB Shane Vereen: 7 catches on 9 targets (78 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 6 catches on 9 targets (67 percent)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 5 catches on 5 targets (100 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
LT/TE Nate Solder: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)
FB James Develin: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

For what it’s worth, Saturday marked the fourth straight playoff game for New England where Edelman was Tom Brady‘s top target. The last time Edelman did not lead the Patriots’ pass catchers in targets in a playoff game was the loss to the Ravens in the 2012 AFC title contest.

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No surprise: Julian Edelman was Tom Brady’s top target against Ravens 01.12.15 at 12:10 pm 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 might have in his pass catcher. Here’€™€™s a look at the target breakdown for one game of the 2014 postseason (by way of comparison, here’s the target breakdown for the 2014 regular season):

WR Julian Edelman: 8 catches on 14 targets (57 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 7 catches on 13 targets (54 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 5 catches on 6 targets (83 percent)
WR Brandon LaFell: 5 catches on 7 targets (71 percent)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 4 catches on 4 targets (100 percent)
RB Shane Vereen: 4 catches on 5 targets (80 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

For what it’s worth, Saturday marked the third straight playoff game for New England where Edelman was Tom Brady‘s top target. The last time Edelman did not lead the Patriots’ pass catchers in targets in a playoff game was the loss to the Ravens in the 2012 AFC title game.

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Tim Wright set new mark for dependability in Patriots passing game in 2014 12.30.14 at 8:00 am ET
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Tim Wright

Tim Wright

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 2015 regular-season, by receptions.

WR Julian Edelman: 92 catches on 134 targets (69 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 82 catches on 129 targets (64 percent)
WR Brandon LaFell: 74 catches on 119 targets (62 percent)
RB Shane Vereen: 52 catches on 77 targets (68 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 27 catches on 44 targets (61 percent)
TE Tim Wright: 26 catches on 33 targets (79 percent)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 catches on 10 targets (60 percent)
FB James Develin: 6 catches on 8 targets (75 percent)
RB James White: 5 catches on 5 targets (100 percent)
WR Brian Tyms: 5 catch on 11 targets (45 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 4 catches on 4 targets (100 percent)
RB Stevan Ridley: 4 catches on 5 targets (80 percent)
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 catches on 5 targets (60 percent)
TE Michael Hoomananwanui: 3 catches on 6 targets (50 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 6 targets (33 percent)
RB Jonas Gray: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 percent)
TE Steve Maneri: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)
TOTAL: 392 catches on 600 targets

A few notes on these numbers, as well as some context:

— In his first season with the Patriots, Wright managed to set a new mark for dependability in the passing game with his 79 percent catch rate, a high for any offensive skill position player who was targeted at least 20 times in a single season. 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). Of course, that sure-handed skill is nothing new for Wright, who now has a two-year total as a pro (with the Bucs and Patriots) of 73 percent, a remarkable total for any receiver.

— This marked the second straight season that Edelman led the Patriots in targets — he had 105 catches on 151 targets last season.

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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game 12.23.14 at 1:32 pm ET
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Tim Wright

Tim Wright

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 after 15 regular-season games this year.

WR Julian Edelman: 92 catches on 134 targets (69 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 82 catches on 129 targets (64 percent)
WR Brandon LaFell: 70 catches on 113 targets (62 percent)
RB Shane Vereen: 49 catches on 73 targets (67 percent)
TE Tim Wright: 25 catches on 30 targets (83 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 23 catches on 37 targets (62 percent)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 catches on 10 targets (60 percent)
FB James Develin: 6 catches on 8 targets (75 percent)
RB Stevan Ridley: 4 catches on 5 targets (80 percent)
TE Michael Hoomananwanui: 3 catches on 5 targets (60 percent)
RB James White: 3 catches on 3 targets (100 percent)
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 catches on 5 targets (60 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 4 catches on 4 targets (100 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
WR Brian Tyms: 1 catch on 5 targets (20 percent)
RB Jonas Gray: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 percent)

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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game 12.16.14 at 6:45 am ET
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Brandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell

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 after 14 regular-season games this year.

WR Julian Edelman: 92 catches on 134 targets (69 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 76 catches on 119 targets (64 percent)
WR Brandon LaFell: 63 catches on 103 targets (61 percent)
RB Shane Vereen: 48 catches on 71 targets (68 percent)
TE Tim Wright: 24 catches on 29 targets (83 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 15 catches on 26 targets (58 percent)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 catches on 10 targets (60 percent)
FB James Develin: 6 catches on 8 targets (75 percent)
RB Stevan Ridley: 4 catches on 5 targets (80 percent)
TE Michael Hoomananwanui: 3 catches on 5 targets (60 percent)
RB James White: 3 catches on 3 targets (100 percent)
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 catches on 5 targets (60 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 4 catches on 4 targets (100 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
WR Brian Tyms: 1 catch on 5 targets (20 percent)
RB Jonas Gray: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)

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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game 12.09.14 at 6:30 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 might have in his pass catcher. Here’€™s a look at the target breakdown after 13 regular-season games this year.

WR Julian Edelman: 85 catches on 124 targets (69 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 73 catches on 111 targets (66 percent)
WR Brandon LaFell: 57 catches on 95 targets (60 percent()
RB Shane Vereen: 47 catches on 68 targets (69 percent)
TE Tim Wright: 24 catches on 29 targets (83 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 14 catches on 25 targets (56 percent)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 catches on 10 targets (60 percent)
FB James Develin: 6 catches on 8 targets (75 percent)
RB Stevan Ridley: 4 catches on 5 targets (80 percent)
TE Michael Hoomananwanui: 3 catches on 4 targets (75 percent)
RB James White: 3 catches on 3 targets (100 percent)
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 catches on 5 targets (60 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 2 catches on 2 targets (100 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
WR Brian Tyms: 1 catch on 4 targets (25 percent)
RB Jonas Gray: 0 catches on 1 target (0 percent)

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