Detroit offensive lineman Dominic Raiola said Tuesday he has no regrets about what happened between him and Patriots defensive lineman Zach Moore last Sunday.

Through 11 games, the Patriots have been flagged for 95 penalties (second-most in the league) for a total of 836 yards (most in the NFL). To this point in the season, here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against the Patriots, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
ST/DB Logan Ryan: 7 penalties (illegal block above the waist, 2 defensive pass interference, 2 defensive holding, illegal use of hands, offsides on free kick), 88 yards
WR Brandon LaFell: 7 penalties (offsides on free kick, 3 offensive pass interference, 2 false starts, illegal shift), 50 yards
OL Nate Solder: 7 penalties (2 offensive holding, illegal block above the waist, 4 false starts), 50 yards
CB Brandon Browner: 7 penalties (3 defensive holding, illegal contact, encroachment, 2 defensive pass interference) 47 yards
S/ST Patrick Chung: 5 penalties (2 defensive holding, facemask, offensive holding, illegal block above the waist), 42 yards
LB Jamie Collins: 5 penalties (unnecessary roughness, 2 defensive pass interference, defensing holding, defensive offsides), 38 yards
OL Jordan Devey: 4 penalties (2 offensive holding, false star, unnecessary roughness), 40 yards
OL Bryan Stork: 4 penalties (2 false starts, 2 offensive holding), 30 yards
TE Rob Gronkowski: 3 penalties (false start, unsportsmanlike conduct, unnecessary roughness), 35 yards
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3 penalties (roughing the passer, defensive offsides, unnecessary roughness), 35 yards
ST/DB Don Jones: 3 penalties (3 offensive holding), 30 yards
Team: 3 penalties (illegal substitution, false start, illegal block above the waist), 24 yards
DL Chandler Jones: 2 penalties (2 roughing the passer), 30 yards
S/ST Duron Harmon: 2 penalties (face mask, illegal block above the waist), 21 yards
S/ST Tavon Wilson: 2 penalty (offensive holding, illegal block above the waist) 20 yards
DE Rob Ninkovich: 2 penalties (illegal use of hands, facemask), 20 yards
DL Dominique Easley 2 penalties (neutral zone infraction, unnecessary roughness), 20 yards
QB Tom Brady: 2 penalties (2 intentional grounding), 20 yards
WR Aaron Dobson: 2 penalties (offensive pass interference, false start) 15 yards
OL Cameron Fleming: 2 penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
OL Sebastian Vollmer: 2 penalties (false start, illegal use of hands), 14 yards
CB Darrelle Revis: 2 penalties (2 defensive holding), 10 yards
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 2 penalties (2 defensive holding), 10 yards
CB Malcolm Butler: 1 penalties (defensive pass interference), 24 yards
WR Danny Amendola: 1 penalty (face mask), 15 yards
OL Ryan Wendell: 1 penalty (facemask), 15 yards
OL Dan Connolly: 1 penalty (chop block), 14 yards
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
OL Marcus Cannon: 1 penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
RB/ST Brandon Bolden: 1 penalty (offensive holding) 9 yards
CB Kyle Arrington: 1 penalty (illegal contact), 5 yards
DL Sealver Siliga: 1 penalty (illegal use of hands), 5 yards
OL Josh Kline: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
WR Julian Edelman: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
LS/ST Danny Aiken: 1 penalty (false start), 5 yards
TE Tim Wright: 1 penalty (false start) 5 yards
DE Zach Moore: 1 penalty (illegal use of hands), 5 yards

Most penalized by position
Offensive line: 23 penalties, 193 yards
Cornerback: 19 penalties, 179 yards
Special teams: 11 penalties, 92 yards
Wide receiver: 11 penalties, 85 yards
Defensive line: 8 penalties, 80 yards
Linebacker: 8 penalties, 73 yards
Tight end: 5 penalties, 50 yards
Safety: 4 penalty, 39 yards
Team: 3 penalties, 24 yards
Quarterback: 2 penalty, 21 yards

Most frequently called penalties
False start: 18
Offensive holding: 15
Defensive holding: 12
Defensive pass interference: 7
Illegal block above the waist: 6
Facemask: 5
Unnecessary roughness: 5
Illegal use of hands: 5
Offensive pass interference: 4
Roughing the passer: 3
Offsides on free kick: 3
Defensive offsides: 2
Illegal contact: 2
Intentional grounding: 2
Chop block: 1
Illegal shift: 1
Illegal substitution: 1
Neutral zone infraction: 1
Unsportsmanlike conduct: 1
Encroachment: 1

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Chicago Bears v Green Bay PackersWhen it comes to playing it home, no one in the NFL is better than the Patriots.

But, right up there with them is the Packers at Lambeau Field — the place the Patriots will be traveling to on Sunday, as Green Bay is 71-29 at home during the regular season since 2002, the fifth-best winning percentage in the league.

The Packers have been especially great this season as the Green Bay is a perfect 5-0 at home and have outscored its opponents 219-85, averaging 43.8 points per game. Getting off to quick starts has been a huge key for the Packers, as in the first half of their last four home games, they have outscored their opponents 128-9.

Bill Belichick knows getting off to a good start is key, particularly on the road against Green Bay. It does help the Patriots will enter the game averaging 18.8 points per game in the first half this year, the second-most in the league behind, none other than the Packers at 20.2.

“We’€™re playing Green Bay in Green Bay,” Belichick said on Tuesday’s conference call. “That’€™s where they’€™ve been very dominant really in terms of getting ahead and playing from ahead, first quarter. The numbers are staggering: 128 to 9 in the first half and [opponents] get outscored by 110 points in four games. It’€™s got to be of historical type proportions, but we have to find some way to do that. Like I said, the games got so far away from Chicago and Philadelphia that no matter what you have, what kind of game plan, whatever you’€™re trying to do, the game got out of hand so fast, they had no chance really to be able to do it.”

Added Belichick: “Obviously, the whole getting ahead thing, you know, they’€™ve been so far ahead of some of these teams that they’€™ve played early in the game it’€™s like they’€™re almost running out the clock in the middle of the second quarter. We’€™ve got to try to find some way to stay competitive in the game to at least turn it into a game and not be trying to play from 28, 31 points behind in the first half.”

Another key to the game will be taking care of the ball, and trying to force a turnover or two. That will be easier said than done, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers comes into the game completing 67 percent of his passes, averaging 284.8 passing yards per game and has 18 touchdowns and no picks  in five home games this year.

Green Bay is tops in the NFL in turnover differential at plus-15, with the Patriots on its heels with the second-best mark of plus-11. The Packers’ eight giveaways on the season are the fewest in the league.

“Turnovers are huge,” said Belichick. “Not only do they not turn the ball over and get turnovers, but they’€™re also the best in the league at converting turnovers into touchdowns. They’€™re a very opportunistic team. They play good complementary football. They’€™re an explosive team. They can get the ball away from you. They can pretty much score from anywhere and they’€™re explosive in the kicking game. They have an excellent return game and [they’€™re] solid on special teams. Those are all problems.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the end of the Patriots’ game with the Lions and to look ahead to this weeks game against the Packers.

NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the end of the Patriots’ game with the Lions and to look ahead to this weeks game against the Packers. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

At the end of the Patriots’ 34-9 win over the Lions this past Sunday, Lions center Dominic Raiola dove at the knees of Patriots defensive tackle Zach Moore when the Lions were taking a knee to end the game, as well as appearing to take a swing at him earlier on the drive. It was reported Monday, he likely would not be fined. Harrison said it comes down to playing the full 60 minutes and Raiola was in the wrong.

“I don’t know how the NFL is going to respond, but I think you have 60 minutes to play football,” said Harrision. “[Detroit has] a lot of issues for him to worry about. When you look at the Patriots, the Patriots each and every week — it’s not they did something different, they play 60 minutes. That’s [what they are taught] — to play 60 minutes and never expect to come out of the game, you don’t care if you are losing by 50 or winning by 50. I think it was a real childish and immature act.

“I think it could have got somebody hurt and I think in a situation like that you have other concerns. He should be concerned with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, that offense and them not being able to move the ball and put up points. I was very disappointed in what he did — a veteran player should know better than that. You have an opportunity to play 60 minutes, shut up and play 60 minutes. You got your butt kicked flat out and getting your butt kicked each week. Do something about it, don’t try and cheap shot somebody and take somebody’s knees out. There’s no place for that.”

Harrison also looked ahead to the Patriots’ upcoming game against the Packers, who are playing just as well as the Patriots of late — winning seven of their last eight games and currently leading the NFC North with an 8-3 record. The Vikings put up a tough fight against them in Sunday’s win, by a score of 24-21, and Harrison said they did a good job of limiting the big plays from Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense.

“[Minnesota] limited the big plays down the field and that’s what you have to do, and the Patriots have the personnel in the secondary now that they can do that,” Harrison said. “I think the key is to keep everything in front and they basically have to limit those big plays — 50, 60-yard bombs. I think Jordy Nelson might be leading the league in those big plays over 50 yards. That’s what you see time and time again each and every week when you watch the tape of Green Bay. [Rodgers is] dropping back — whether it is a penalty, whether it is pass interference or whether he is just throwing the ball up for Jordy Nelson — the defensive back, he allows the wide receiver to get behind him and they are making those plays. Minnesota did a great job of that.”

He suggested the Patriots might put Darrelle Revis on Randall Cobb and then double-team Jordy Nelson, likely with Brandon Browner and a safety. He also touched on how important it is to keep Rodgers in the pocket.

“Once again, the Patriots have the personnel,” he said. “I think that’s what you do. You continue to do what you do. You put Darrelle Revis possibly on Randall Cobb and double-team Jordy Nelson. You make Aaron Rodgers go to [Andrew] Quarless, their tight end and the third wide receiver. Obviously you need to pay attention to [Eddie] Lacy, who is starting to gain some ground running the ball, but I think that is what you have to do.

“Obviously you have to put pressure on Aaron Rodgers. As good as he is, keep him — he wants to escape and make plays with his legs outside that pocket, but if you can put pressure on him, he becomes human just like everyone else at the quarterback position.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable


Welcome to the Week 13 waiver wire! I have to say, I am surprised at the amount of high-quality options that are still available in most leagues. If you need to do some fine-tuning this week, you are in pretty good shape based on current ownership rates. The fact that you are here reading this means you still have something to play for and that’s good news in and of itself. Let’s make Week 13 count!

As always, the ownership percentages are listed for each player. These rates of ownership are based on Yahoo! leagues, which tend to be smaller and more representative of the 10-team leagues most of us play in. Obviously, these numbers are mostly for perspective. What really matters is which players are available in your particular league, and you’ll need to do the legwork on that.

If you play in a large format with 12 or more teams, check out my expanded waiver wire over at Rotobahn. It will be posted early this afternoon. Check it out –€” it’€™s free.

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Eli Manning, Giants — 54 percent

As I have said in recent weeks, Manning has a good closing schedule and one of the best young receivers in the game. You can ride Manning and Odell Beckham down the stretch in most leagues and you’€™ll be very competitive. Not bad for a couple of waiver wire players.

Mark Sanchez, Eagles — 53 percent

Again, it wasn’€™t pretty, but at the end of the day the numbers are there and I expect that to continue for the most part for Sanchez. The Eagles do play Seattle at home in Week 14, but that’€™s the only game where you may want to pull him.

Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins — 65 percent

His schedule is mediocre down the stretch, but he’€™s been productive in some tough matchups, so consider him a viable option in all formats. Tannehill travels to play the Jets this week on Monday night.


Isaiah Crowell, Browns — 59 percent

He looked good again last week and his handle on the starting job seems secure at this time. Crowell will give up plenty of snaps to fellow rookie Terrance West, but Crowell is the back who gets the most love near the goal line, so he has the most value. That said, in some leagues adding West for insurance makes good sense. This backfield has much more clarity now that Ben Tate is out of the picture.

Latavius Murray, Raiders — 25 percent

He’€™s a player worth getting excited about as I indicated last week before Murray broke out on Thursday night. The one potential set back is the concussion he suffered. He’€™s yet to be cleared for Week 13, but he gets extra recovery time due to the Thursday game and will most likely be available this weekend. Murray should be owned in all leagues. He has RB2 value if he’€™s starting as we expect him to do going forward when healthy.

LeGarrette Blount, Patriots –€” 32 percent

His value will always be tough to gauge on a week-to-week basis. Blount was a huge factor for the Patriots last year, but that was a very different offense. This year’€™s model can throw the ball far more effectively and should continue to do so. Nevertheless, Blount looks like a strong weekly flex play because there should be enough goal line chances to keep him in the scoring column with some frequency. He’€™s a viable add in most leagues, and must be owned in leagues with 12 or more teams.

Dan Herron, Colts — 23 percent

He played well as we expected him to, but his snap total was higher than we thought and it sure looks like he’€™s going to take Ahmad Bradshaw‘€™s role, rather than a smaller role behind Trent Richardson. It’€™s not a shock, but it indicates that Herron could have significant value in PPR leagues, especially larger ones. He should be owned in all PPR formats just in case his role continues to grow.

Alfred Blue, Texans –€” 63 percent

He could have low value going forward as long as Arian Foster returns this week, but Blue has proven to be a valuable handcuff option for Foster owners and he should continue to be treated as such. He’€™s crucial this week because there are four Thursday games and if some of your reserve runners play early, it will impact your ability to deal with Foster in the event that he’€™s a game time decision, as he easily could be. Blue covers you in that scenario.

Terrance West, Browns –€” 61 percent

West is out there in 39 percent of leagues and going after him makes plenty of sense, especially for those who already own Isaiah Crowell. This is now a two-man backfield in Cleveland. If you roster both, you will have a locked in weekly starter no matter what head coach Mike Pettine does with the lineup.


Jarvis Landry, Dolphins –€” 21 percent

I said last Spring that Landry could be the next Hines Ward. Well, the rookie appears to be ahead of schedule. He’€™s scored five times since Miami’€™s Week 5 bye week and that includes a pair of scores in last week’€™s loss in Denver. It’€™s clear Ryan Tannehill looks for the former LSU star in crucial situations and that’€™s likely to continue. This guy had the toughness, route running and good hands coming in as a rookie, and now he’€™s got the trust of the quarterback and the coaching staff. I expect Landry’€™s run to continue. He gets lost in this year’€™s absurdly deep rookie class, but he can help you as a WR3/flex in all leagues.

Kenny Stills, Saints — 34 percent

Stills saw plenty of action on Monday night and we expect that to continue going forward. One of the more underrated receivers in last year’€™s rookie class, Stills is a very good all-around receiver and that should keep his target totals high with Brandin Cooks out for the rest of the season. Stills needs to be owned in all leagues.

Andrew Hawkins, Browns –€” 37 percent

He may not have the upside that he had when he was the No. 1 option, but with Josh Gordon’€™s return, Hawkins will get to play against lesser cornerbacks and that should make him a consistent contributor. He can help you as a depth option during the playoffs.

Robert Woods, Bills –€” 3 percent

If you read Rotobahn, you know we are fans of Woods’€™ ability. While he has been inconsistent this season, he has certainly had his moments. He sure likes playing the Jets — catching 15 balls against them in the two games this season. Sadly for Woods’ owners, the Jets are off of his schedule until 2015. Still, I expect Woods to be a featured player going forward and he’€™s worth owning in all leagues as a solid depth player.

John Brown, Cardinals –€” 32 percent

He’€™s a rookie who has outperformed even our high expectations and now he has a shot at starting due to Larry Fitzgerald‘€™s knee injury. Brown can help Fitzgerald owners as an insurance policy, and he can be a depth player for those who do not own Fitzgerald, especially in leagues with 12 or more teams.

Justin Hunter, Titans — 40 percent

He made a big play last week despite a sore knee and I expect those big plays to happen more frequently with rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback. Hunter is a high-upside flex play in all formats going forward. He has plenty of risk to go with it, but he should at least be owned in all standard leagues and is a must-own player in 12-team leagues.

Charles Johnson, Vikings — 1 percent

Johnson is more of a stash option in smaller leagues, but we’€™ve always loved his skill set and his upside. Johnson’€™s rookie season was derailed by a bad knee injury (ACL), but he’€™s healthy now and he could be a long term solution for the Vikings. Johnson is a must own player in large leagues and in long term formats like dynasty.

Stedman Bailey, Rams — 0 percent

Was Week 12 the beginning of a trend for Bailey? Perhaps. He was finally getting major snaps and he was targeted heavily as well. The result was seven catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. In my estimation, Bailey is the best technical receiver on the Rams’€™ roster. I like him a lot as a stash option in all PPR formats and he has some value in larger non-PPR leagues as well.


Kyle Rudolph, Vikings — 47 percent

He got the ball rolling last week with 50 yards receiving and I expect his production to grow going forward. Rudolph is a weekly TE1 in all formats. Add him now and enjoy the results.

Jordan Cameron, Browns –€” 46 percent

He has a very good chance at returning this week from a lingering concussion. When Cameron does get back, he will not be the focus of defenses, and that’€™s because Josh Gordon is back and he is back in a big way — posting 120 yards receiving right off the bat last week. Cameron should post TE1 numbers as soon as he can start. He’€™s a potential play this week, but also a very nice stash for future weeks. He should be owned in most leagues.

Tim Wright, Patriots — 16 percent

This is a tricky one. Wright seems to post either big numbers or no numbers at all. The thing is, that’€™s better than what a lot of the big names are doing. If I am taking weekly risk, I should at least get some upside, right? Wright certainly gives you the upside. He’€™s the 14th highest scoring tight end as of right now. Now consider Wright only had five targets over the first month of the season — most of his damage has occurred from Week 5 on. So, based on the numbers, Wright is actually a weekly top 12 play at the position. He needs to be owned in most leagues, and he makes an outstanding handcuff option for Rob Gronkowski owners.

Blog Author: 
Peter Davidson

ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi joined Dale & Holley Monday afternoon for his weekly interview touching on a number of subjects, including the benching of Jonas Gray, the Patriots’ secondary and to preview the upcoming game with

ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi joined Dale & Holley Monday afternoon for his weekly interview touching on a number of subjects, including the benching of Jonas Gray, the Patriots’ secondary and to preview the upcoming game with the Packers. To hear the full interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

On Sunday, running back Jonas Gray didn’t play a single snap after being sent home from the facility on Friday for being late. LeGarrette Blount, who was re-signed by the Patriots last Thursday, saw the bulk of the carries Gray would have likely seen. The running game wasn’t a major part of the game plan against the Lions’ defense, so Gray wouldn’t have likely seen much time as it was, but Bruschi said his lack of playing time was surely discipline related.

“I think it was discipline,” said Bruschi. “Bill [Belichick] would tell you, ‘We do what is best for the team’ — I laugh when he gives those robotic responses and you know it is going to come out of his mouth, but to me that looked like discipline. To me it looked like he was served up a fresh slice of humble pie. Why would LeGarrette Blount get every single carry? Could it be just a one week thing and Jonas Gray is sharing the carries this week versus Green Bay? Absolutely. It’s all up to Bill.”

Bruschi added: “For a head coach meeting you know never to be late for those, or a certain meeting. I don’t remember doing that and we used to have something, a little thing called a slice of humble pie might have been served for Jonas Gray because I hear the kid is a good kid, but I don’t know what is going on throughout the week, but if you are late like that, Bill does a great job of using these types of examples to send messages and usually the younger players need the messages sent to them harder and more strict than the older players sometimes because all of the younger players coming up through the system will remember this their entire careers.”

The former Patriots linebacker told a story of Belichick’s first meeting as a head coach and linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer was late and Belichick sent him home, setting the tone for how things were going to be.

“When I was a player and Belichick in his very first meeting here after he was named the head coach, it was the very first one, it was in the old Foxboro stadium and we were sitting there in the old meetings and in walks late my old buddy Andy Katzenmoyer,” recalled Bruschi. “It was the very first meeting and linebackers sat in the second row, right there close to the coach and Andy just sort of walked in late and Bill looked at him and went off on him and sent him out. That sort of sent a message from the beginning there for a lot of players. A lot of humor and laughs went along with that. That’s the type he’s been the entire time no matter who it’s been, so I kind of laugh when I see certain examples of things like this.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit

On this week’s game against Green Bay and how the Patriots might need to make in-game adjustments: “I think it’s important that you’ve seen the plan initially throughout the week — what to do against the Lions, to spread it out with short quick passes, and to establish the running game versus the Colts. What happens when it doesn’t work? What happens when that initial plan doesn’t work and can they make the in-game adjustments to then proceed and still have a productive offense. Say you go out against the Lions and they do something you weren’t ready for. So, that game you possibly have to adjust in game. That possibly is going to happen in Green Bay because of the creative coaching, offensively and defensively for the Packers because of the adjustments of Clay Matthews at inside linebacker because they’ve had problems stopping the run. They have showed this year they are not afraid to adjust. This week could be a true chess match.”

On the Patriots’ secondary’s play of late: “The last few games this secondary has shown the talents, especially the way [defensive coordinator] Matt Patricia is doing things in terms of using body position helps at certain times with linebackers and safeties to help [Darrelle] Revis, or [Brandon] Browner have Revis switch around so a receiver can’t get used to the types of techniques that he has on one player for the entire game. You look across the line of scrimmage and there are two different animals in front of you. There’s Revis, the smaller body and more quick and stay with you down the field type and then there is Browner with the action happening up front and [Devin] McCourty over the top — it’s an interesting combination that Matt Patricia is using each and every week and it’s been nice to watch to see a lot of solid, quality quarterback have no answer and the look on their faces of where they don’t know what to do.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Every week over the course of the 2014 season, we’€™ll provide a look at the Patriots pass rush numbers. Like all stats, the numbers have to be placed on context of game-situations and personnel. And while sacks can be overrated, when evaluated as part of a bigger picture that includes quarterback hits and quarterback pressures (the latter courtesy of Pro Football Focus), it should provide a good picture as to which defenders are consistently able to get after the quarterback. Currently, the Patriots are tied for 15th in the league in sacks with 25. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after 11 games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 6 (38 yards)
DE Chandler Jones: 4.5 (28 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3.5 (25.5 yards)
LB Akeem Ayers: 3 (29 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 1.5 (12 yards)
LB Deontae Skinner: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
DL Casey Walker: 1 (5 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (4 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)
DE Zach Moore: 0.5 (2.5 yards)
DL Dominique Easley: 0.5 (2 yards)
DL Vince Wilfork: 0.5 (2 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 12
DE Chandler Jones: 8
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 8
LB Jamie Collins: 3
DL Chris Jones: 3
LB Akeem Ayers: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
LB Jonathan Casillas: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1
CB Brandon Browner: 1
LB Deontae Skinner: 1
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Casey Walker: 1
DL Vince Wilfork: 1
DL Dominique Easley: 1
DL Alan Branch: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 23
DE Chandler Jones: 15
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 14
LB Akeem Ayers: 13
LB Jamie Collins: 11
DL Vince Wilfork: 11
DL Dominique Easley: 7
DL Chris Jones: 6
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DL Casey Walker: 3
DE Zach Moore: 3
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
S Devin McCourty: 1
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1
S Patrick Chung: 1

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

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 11 regular-season games this year

WR Julian Edelman: 70 catches on 102 targets
TE Rob Gronkowski: 58 catches on 90 targets
WR Brandon LaFell: 48 catches on 79 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 43 catches on 62 targets
TE Tim Wright: 23 catches on 26 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 11 catches on 19 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 catches on 11 targets
FB James Develin: 6 catches on 7 targets
RB Stevan Ridley: 4 catches on 5 targets
RB James White: 3 catches on 3 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 catches on 4 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 2 catches on 4 targets
TE Michael Hoomananwanui: 2 catches on 3 targets
WR Brian Tyms: 1 catch on 4 targets
RB Jonas Gray: 0 catches on 1 target

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price