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Tracking opportunities in Patriots preseason passing game 08.29.14 at 4:42 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 the New England passing game for the 2014 preseason:

WR Brian Tyms: 11 catches on 18 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 7 catches on 17 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 11 catches on 15 targets
WR Brandon LaFell: 6 catches on 13 targets
RB Roy Finch: 6 catches on 12 targets
WR Julian Edelman: 10 catches on 10 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 catches on 9 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 7 catches on 7 targets
FB Taylor McCuller: 4 catches on 6 targets
TE Tim Wright: 4 catches on 6 targets
RB James White: 4 catches on 5 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 3 catches on 5 targets
FB James Develin: 3 catches on 4 targets
WR Jeremy Gallon: 2 catches on 4 targets
WR Derrick Johnson: 2 catches on 2 targets
TE Steve Maneri: 1 catch on 2 targets
WR Wilson Van Hooser: 1 catch on 1 target
TE Justin Jones: 0 catches on 1 target

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Tracking opportunities in Patriots preseason passing game 08.23.14 at 1:34 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 the New England passing game after the first three games of the 2014 preseason:

WR Julian Edelman: 10 catches on 10 targets
WR Brian Tyms: 9 catches on 16 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 7 catches on 7 targets
WR Brandon LaFell: 6 catches on 13 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 catches on 9 targets
RB James White: 2 catches on 3 targets
RB Roy Finch: 5 catches on 9 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 5 catches on 8 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 3 catches on 5 targets
FB James Develin: 3 catches on 4 targets
WR Derrick Johnson: 2 catches on 2 targets
WR Wilson Van Hooser: 1 catch on 1 target
FB Taylor McCuller: 4 catches on 6 targets
TE Justin Jones: 0 catches on 1 target
TE Steve Maneri: 0 catches on 1 target

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Tracking opportunities in Patriots preseason passing game 08.17.14 at 1:49 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 the New England passing game after two games of the 2014 preseason:

WR Brian Tyms: 8 catches on 13 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 5 catches on 8 targets
WR Brandon LaFell: 4 catches on 8 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 4 catches on 6 targets
RB Roy Finch: 3 catches on 6 targets
FB James Develin: 3 catches on 3 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 2 catches on 2 targets
WR Julian Edelman: 2 catches on 2 targets
WR Wilson Van Hooser: 1 catch on 1 target
WR Danny Amendola: 1 catch on 2 targets
RB James White: 1 catch on 2 targets
FB Taylor McCuller: 1 catch on 3 targets
TE Justin Jones: 0 catches on 1 target
TE Steve Maneri: 0 catches on 1 target

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Tracking opportunities in Patriots preseason passing game 08.08.14 at 11:41 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 New England passing game after one game of the 2014 preseason:

WR Brian Tyms: 5 catches on 6 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 3 catches on 5 targets
WR Brandon LaFell: 2 catches on 5 targets
RB Roy Finch: 1 catch on 4 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 1 catch on 2 targets
WR Wilson Van Hooser: 1 catch on 1 target
FB James Develin: 1 catch on 1 target
TE Justin Jones: 0 catches on 1 target

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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game for 2013 postseason 01.22.14 at 2:57 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 the New England passing game for the 2013 postseason.

WR Julian Edelman: 16 catches on 24 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 7 catches on 14 targets
WR Austin Collie: 5 catches on 7 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 3 catches on 6 targets
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 3 catches on 4 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 2 catches on 3 targets
TE Matthew Mulligan: 1 catch on 1 target
WR Matthew Slater: 0 catches on 1 target
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 0 catches on 3 targets

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the target breakdown for the 2013 regular season.

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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game 12.31.13 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 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:

2012
Wide receiver: 230 catches on 369 targets
Tight end: 116 catches on 182 targets
Running back: 56 catches on 84 targets

2011
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

2010
Wide receiver: 177 catches on 282 targets
Tight end: 93 catches on 134 targets
Running back: 61 catches on 86 targets

2009
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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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game 12.24.13 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 the New England passing game after the first 15 games of the 2013 season:

WR Julian Edelman: 96 catches on 140 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 53 catches on 80 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 44 catches on 64 targets
TE Rob Gronkowski: 39 catches on 66 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 36 catches on 76 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 32 catches on 69 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 21 catches on 29 targets
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 12 catches on 18 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

By position
Wide receiver: 232 catches on 395 targets
Running back/fullback: 81 catches on 115 targets
Tight end: 53 catches on 90 targets
Other: 0 catches on 1 target

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the target breakdown through 15 games in 2012.

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