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Target Practice: Julian Edelman leads way in offensive opportunities down the stretch 12.27.16 at 11:07 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 15 games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 90 catches on 147 targets (61 percent)
RB James White: 56 catches on 81 targets (69 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 52 catches on 68 targets (76 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 34 catches on 54 targets (63 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 32 catches on 48 targets (67 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 25 catches on 38 targets (66 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 23 catches on 29 targets (79 percent)
RB Dion Lewis: 15 catches on 22 targets (68 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 7 catches on 8 targets (88 percent)
FB James Develin: 3 catches on 6 targets (50 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
RB D.J. Foster: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
WR Michael Floyd: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)
TE Matt Lengel: 1 catch on 1 target (100 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: 180 catches on 281 targets (64 percent)
Running Back: 84 catches on 123 targets (68 percent)
Tight End: 78 catches on 109 targets (72 percent)
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

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Target Practice: Julian Edelman approaching career mark for most opportunities in Patriots’ passing game 12.20.16 at 10:50 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 14 games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 85 catches on 139 targets (61 percent)
(For the record, Edelman’s career-high for targets is 151, set in 2013. We only started tracking this information a few years ago, but according to our totals, the most targets for any offensive skill position player with Tom Brady is 175 for Wes Welker in 2012.)
RB James White: 53 catches on 77 targets (69 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 50 catches on 66 targets (76 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 33 catches on 49 targets (67 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 29 catches on 43 targets (68 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 25 catches on 38 targets (66 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 23 catches on 29 targets (79 percent)
RB Dion Lewis: 14 catches on 21 targets (67 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 7 catches on 8 targets (88 percent)
FB James Develin: 2 catches on 5 targets (40 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: 170 catches on 261 targets (65 percent)
Running Back: 79 catches on 117 targets (68 percent)
Tight End: 75 catches on 106 targets (71 percent)
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

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Target Practice: Julian Edelman starting to pull away from field when it comes to most opportunities in Patriots’ passing game 12.13.16 at 4:14 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 13 games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 79 catches on 127 targets (62 percent)
RB James White: 50 catches on 69 targets (72 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 48 catches on 62 targets (77 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 32 catches on 47 targets (68 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 28 catches on 42 targets (67 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 25 catches on 38 targets (66 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 23 catches on 29 targets (79 percent)
RB Dion Lewis: 12 catches on 18 targets (67 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 7 catches on 8 targets (88 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
FB James Develin: 1 catch on 4 targets (25 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: 162 catches on 246 targets (66 percent)
Running Back: 73 catches on 105 targets (70 percent)
Tight End: 73 catches on 102 targets (72 percent)
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

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Target Practice: Who is getting most opportunities in Patriots’ passing game? 12.06.16 at 9:16 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 12 games of the regular season.

WR Julian Edelman: 72 catches on 112 targets (64 percent)
RB James White: 47 catches on 66 targets (71 percent)
TE Martellus Bennett: 44 catches on 58 targets (76 percent)
WR Chris Hogan: 27 catches on 40 targets (68 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 25 catches on 38 targets (66 percent)
WR Malcolm Mitchell: 24 catches on 37 targets (65 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 23 catches on 29 targets (79 percent)
RB Dion Lewis: 11 catches on 17 targets (65 percent)
RB LeGarrette Blount: 6 catches on 7 targets (86 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets (50 percent)
FB James Develin: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 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: 146 catches on 219 targets (67 percent)
Running Back: 68 catches on 99 targets (69 percent)\
Tight End: 69 catches on 98 targets (70 percent)
Quarterback: 1 catch on 1 target (100 percent)

By way of comparison, here’s a look at how the targets broke down through 12 games last year.

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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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