Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined MFB to discuss last night's game against the Chiefs, the Patriots' issues on both offense and defense, and how he feels Brandon Browner will impact the defense as he returns from suspension.

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The day after one of the worst losses in recent franchise history, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said not much has changed.

Bill Belichick. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The day after one of the worst losses in recent franchise history, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said not much has changed.

‘€œWe just didn’€™t do a good enough job really in any area,’€ Belichick said on a conference call Tuesday morning. ‘€œ[There was] no consistency offensively, didn’€™t do a good job defensively against the running game, didn’€™t convert on third down, in the red area. Offensively we weren’€™t good on third down. We just dug ourselves a hole and then a good pass rush team, like the Chiefs are, we put ourselves in a bad situation in the second half and they capitalized on it.

‘€œI think Kansas City did a good job ‘€“ give them credit. But we didn’€™t really just do much to help ourselves last night, period. The offense didn’€™t help the defense; the defense didn’€™t help the offense. We just didn’€™t play a good complementary game. We put ourselves in some bad situations.’€

Things don’€™t get any easier for the Patriots, who will host the unbeaten Bengals Sunday night at Gillette Stadium on a short week. It’€™s part of a stretch of four games in 18 days for New England, which sits at 2-2 with one-quarter of the season completed.

‘€œThere’€™s no doubt that this will be a challenging period of time for our team in terms of our mental toughness and resiliency and being able to handle a lot in somewhat of a compressed period,’€ Belichick said. ‘€œBut that’€™s what it is and we’€™ll try to do the best we can in terms of utilizing our time as productively as we can. As I said before, it’€™s a balance of all those things. It’€™s a balance of correcting things. It’€™s certainly a lot of preparation and moving forward with the next opponent, in this case, a very good one in Cincinnati. Yeah, we’€™ll have to put those things together and find a way to get as much done as we can with the opportunity and the time we have allotted.’€

One area where the Patriots could get a boost is at cornerback and wide receiver. Brandon Browner and Brian Tyms are scheduled to come off their four-game suspensions this week, and could provide New England with depth and support at both positions. As for how they might fit as the roster is presently assembled, Belichick said that remains to be seen.

‘€œThose two players have [not only] missed four weeks, four games, but all the practice time as well. We’€™ll have to see where they are relative to the other players,’€ Belichick said. ‘€œI think both those guys had good preseasons and they both had very positive impacts in the opportunities they had in preseason. But in the time that’€™s passed, we’€™ll see how far behind or where they are relative to their teammates that have been practicing and working over that timeframe.’€

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

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 ninth in the league in sacks with nine. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after four games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Chandler Jones: 2.5 (11 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 2 (22 yards)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (4 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 0.5 (4 yards

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 4
DE Chandler Jones: 4
DE Rob Ninkovich: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DL Chris Jones: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Chandler Jones: 8
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich: 5
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 5
DL Vince Wilfork: 3
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
DL Chris Jones: 2
DL Dominique Easley: 1

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly appearance on Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the Patriots’ embarrassing 41-14 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Harrison said he was “shocked” at the performance by his former team, as the Patriots were dominated for one of the rare times in the Bill Belichick era in Foxboro

“I’m trying to be mellow, but it really hurt me,” Harrison said. “I’m not used to seeing a team go out that was so unprepared, a team that was flat-out embarrassed. You expect your best players to step up and be able to make plays, and you put on that tape and you just see quarterbacks not afraid to go at [Darrelle] Revis, Vince Wilfork, he missed a tackle that could have stopped that touchdown, [Jerod] Mayo gets burned on a touchdown, [Tom] Brady just looks like he’s scared to death back there.

“It’s so many issues. If it was just one issue, then you could probably fix it. But it’s so many issues, that’s the concern that I have.”

Added Harrison: “This was a case of the Patriots going into a situation and you’d think the players just showed up and said, ‘OK, I’m part of the Patriots, we’re going to win this game.’ But if you look at the Oakland film, Oakland should have beat the Patriots. So this is a team that everyone says, ‘Hey, don’t worry, they’ll be fine.’ No, you have to worry, because they have a lot of looming issues.

“You look at the offensive line, they looked like basically Kansas City was going up against a high school offensive line. They have no deep threat. Where’s the deep threat? Then you pay Danny Amendola all this money and he’s just virtually nonexistent. So if I’m Bill, I’m definitely concerned. You look on the defensive side of the ball, you can’t even get a pass rush. So it’s a lot of issues there.”

Brady has been taking some heat since the conclusion of Monday’s game, sharing blame for the offense’s woes along with the offensive line and the receivers.

Tom Brady can still play,” Harrison said. “But when you surround him — there’s a reason why Brandon LaFell was let go [by the Panthers]. He’s not a great player. He’s a young guy, and he has to make his way in this league. And Danny Amendola, you look at him, no one ever said he was a great player. He’s always been hurt. The history is behind it. Rob Gronkowski, obviously coming off that ACL injury, he’s been hurt. So it’s not like when you look at the Patriots on paper they just have all these weapons and teams are afraid of them.

“But at the end of the day when you’re looking at the division, it’s a really bad division. You’ve got the Jets, who are struggling. Buffalo, they don’t have an identity. And the Miami Dolphins, obviously, they beat the Raiders, but they’ve been up and down.”

Brady was pulled from the game in the fourth quarter with the result no longer in doubt, and rookie Jimmy Garoppolo came in for his first NFL action and threw a touchdown pass.

“As a competitor you always want to go down with your team,” Harrison said. “Regardless of the score, you want to be in there, you want to fight. Whether Bill pulled him because he’s afraid he was going to get injured, or Bill was trying to send him a non-subtle message, as a player your mind kind of starts playing tricks on you and you start thinking like, What’s going on? But at the end of the day, Tom needs to play better. The offensive line needs to protect him, but Tom — we’ve said it week in and week out — he’s missing opportunities that are there, he’s just floating the ball in the air.

“When you feel confident and you’re feeling good about yourself on the field, everything slows down. It’s not slowing down for Tom. For years we’ve been so spoiled with Tom and his confidence and the arrogance with which great quarterbacks play. And he just doesn’t have that same swag.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

On if the defensive scheme is an issue: “Anytime I see Darrelle Revis off, whether it’s a cover-4 or a cover-3, if he’s playing off coverage, that’s not good for me. I’ve got to be able to utilize my guys the best way possible. I’m saying, ‘Hey man, I’m paying you 12 million bucks, go lock this guy down, point-blank, period. So what if he catches a couple of passes on you, you need to be locked up over there. And guess what, I’ll roll coverage over here to this other side, maybe I’ll double team on [Travis] Kelce and help out.

“Everyone talks about the creativeness of the defense. There’s no creativity there. It’s basic, plain defense. You get to the line of scrimmage, no pass rush, they can drop back and they can pick you apart. So it’s no creativity there. … Bill Belichick is a very smart man, but it makes him even smarter when he has the guys being able to make those plays. I think that’s the thing that they’re missing.

“The one thing I noticed, too, this is not a fast defense. When you see guys running through the secondary and breaking through the holes, this is not a defense that’s fast, that’s swarming to him. They’ve got these big linebackers and you just don’t see that speed. But you also don’t see that headhunter in the secondary. I was waiting for Jamaal Charles to come through that hole and somebody just come and knock the living crap out of him. And guess what? I didn’t see that. I’ve said it before this season, I’ve said it in training camp, they need a guy that’s a thumper, a tone-setter, somebody to come up and not afraid to get a flag or somebody to come up and just bust somebody right in the mouth. And so what if it costs you five or 10 grand? You get up, you set the tone and you get your other teammates involved. And they don’t have that.”

On if Brady has not been given enough weapons on offense: “I don’t think anyone was doing flips offensively when they really didn’t make any major moves. Defensively, I think the town, the city, everyone involved in Patriot land, they got excited about Darrelle Revis. And I think he will get better. But offensively, when you’ve got Gronk coming off an ACL, you just don’t know how he’s going to be. And then you have inconsistency at the offensive line. Even though Logan Mankins wasn’t the same player, but he brought you an attitude, he brought you a presence, he brought you that trust. And that’s something that you can never underestimate or understate as a team.

“I think it’s one of those situations where Brady, he’s really, really frustrated. He doesn’t have any confidence in his offensive line. And unfortunately, they’re meeting one of the most complete teams in the National Football League, the Cincinnati Bengals. And he thought this pass rush from Tamba Hali and the other guys were coming, if I’m Cincinnati I’m doing the same thing. I’m locking up on the outside, I’m saying these wide receivers can’t get open. I’m coming after Brady all day.”

On Gronkowski not being at full strength: “Gronk is not going to be the same. This whole entire summer I talked about it. People said, ‘Hey, Rodney, you’re crazy.’ When you suffer an ACL [injury], he can still be a great tight end and make plays, but he’ll never be the same that he once was, because he damaged his knee. Now, he’s getting better — and Kansas City, you’ve got to give them a lot of credit, they took him completely out of the game, they double-covered him, they jammed him at the line of scrimmage, they did a bunch of different things.”

On cornerback Brandon Browner, who is eligible to play this weekend: “He will make a difference, because he gives them that big, physical presence.He’s a tough guy, he’s got attitude, he’ll be really ticked off from being suspended and he wants to make his mark. Plus he wants a big contract. I think he’s going to bring an attitude, a presence. I think he’ll definitely help.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

The NFL says it was wrong to penalize Husain Abdullah after his slid into a Muslim prayer following his pick-six of Tom Brady Monday night.

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Welcome to the morning after, folks. In the words of John Winger, “and then depression set in.” It was a long weekend for Boston fans. First, they had give begrudging respect to Derek Jeter for three days, which is stomach-turning enough. Then there was Monday night’s debacle in Kansas City. Hopefully Gronk’s late touchdown did something for some of you. Hopefully a few of you listened to me and stashed Jerick McKinnon, who saved my bacon in a few leagues. No matter what your weekend was like, Rotobahn’s here to help pick up the pieces. Let’s get to work.

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 really big leagues, as I tend to do, you should head on over to Rotobahn Monday afternoon and check out my expanded waiver wire. The expanded edition gives you about twice as many options. To keep pace with all WEEI and Rotobahn fantasy football content, including Sunday chats and The Fantasy Football Hour with my good buddy Jim Hackett, follow me on Twitter.

There is some good news. The Week 5 byes are not as painful as last week’s losses. Only Oakland and Miami have the week off. Not too many fantasy studs on those two powerhouses. Oakland doesn’t even have a coach right now after mercifully canning Dennis Allen on Monday night. The rumor mill is spitting out Tony Sparano‘s name as a possible replacement. Yikes.

QUARTERBACKS

Eli Manning, Giants – 48 percent

As I said last week, buy Eli now because the Giants have some solid matchups the rest of the way and they should get rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. soon — perhaps this weekend in a sweet home matchup with the porous Falcons defense.

Alex Smith, Chiefs — 42 percent

The Chiefs were searching and grinding for a few weeks — trying to get the new offensive line in sync. It would appear that they’ve turned the corner and are back to taking good care of the ground game and of Alex Smith. Smith can help you in most leagues as a matchup play. He’s got a very interesting matchup at San Francisco this week.

Joe Flacco, Ravens — 39 percent

He’s a guy you can throw in there anytime you need him. The Ravens are throwing the ball well now that Gary Kubiak‘s system is beginning to take hold. Flacco can be your backup in any format.

Blake Bortles, Jaguars — 18 percent

He’s a foot-points guy. I love those foot points. Bortles also plays for a team that will be throwing in the fourth quarter almost every single week. The game doesn’t seem too big for the rookie and he can help you as a matchup play or QB2. He’s playable this week in a home matchup against the Steelers, who can’t stop much these days and who do not have Ike Taylor at corner for the foreseeable future.

Carson Palmer, Cardinals — 33 percent

Arizona’s starting quarterback is a viable fantasy play, whether it be Palmer or Drew Stanton. Palmer is the guy worth owning in smaller formats and he could return as soon as this week. HC Bruce Arians has Arizona moving in the right direction. Palmer should be a solid matchup play the rest of the way, though he might not be able to help you this week. His return may be one more week away. We’ll know more once practice reports start coming out.

RUNNING BACKS

Jerick McKinnon, Vikings — 17 percent

He’s not a stash anymore. Hopefully you already have him, but make a move for McKinnon if you haven’t already. He could end up being a weekly starter — even in smaller formats. He’s got special talent and freakish athleticism. Check out McKinnon’s full pre-draft scouting report. He must be owned in all leagues going forward.

Isaiah Crowell, Browns — 25 percent

He’s a player to stash in all formats. While Ben Tate should return this week, Tate’s returns are historically short-lived. The guy gets banged up. Tate’s next trip to the trainer’s table will lead to a permanent shift, as Cleveland’s two rookie backs are both outstanding talents. Crowell, as I said in his rookie scouting report, is as talented as any back in this year’s draft class. He could be a must-start option in all leagues in the not-too-distant future. Add him if you can.

Terrance West, Browns — 56 percent

West and Crowell both need to owned in all leagues because they both have great upside. West is the guy with better chops in pass protection and as a receiver. He’s also a high draft pick. My guess is that this backfield ends up being an equal split between West and Crowell. When you consider that Cleveland is a run-first offense, they both could have RB2 value.

Knile Davis, Chiefs — 67 percent

I think we all saw it Monday night and throughout the last two seasons. When Jamaal Charles is out, Davis usually is getting it done.

Lorenzo Taliaferro, Ravens — 38 percent

While West and Crowell are stash options, Taliaferro might be playable soon in smaller leagues. He’s looked good two weeks in a row and he may have passed Bernard Pierce on the depth chart. The rookie is a one-cut back and he fits OC Gary Kubiak‘s scheme very well. He needs to be owned.

Matt Asiata, Vikings — 65 percent

I’m not sure how much longer he’ll be a good fantasy start, but I think he’s a safe RB2 for now in 10-team leagues. We saw that Jerick McKinnon is the superior talent, but Asiata has shown well in short-yardage and goal-line situations, and they need two backs.

Alfred Blue, Texans — 23 percent

With Arian Foster’s hamstring woes, you’d be nuts to own Foster and not Blue. The rookie has looked pretty good in limited action and he’s an RB2 option if and when Foster sits out. He’s a classic handcuff option.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Rueben Randle, Giants — 62 percent

He is starting to find his groove, and the Giants are throwing the ball more and more. Randle can be a WR3 for you in all formats and he’ll have even more scoring potential as teams begin to account for Larry Donnell in the red zone. Randle should be owned in all leagues.

Jordan Matthews, Eagles — 35 percent

Here’s the upside play. Matthews has the ability to become Philadelphia’s No. 1 option in time. The Eagles are getting him good matchups out of the slot and he’s making plays against smaller slot defenders. Get him rostered in all formats.

Brian Quick, Rams — 56 percent

He’s been effective in every game and his talents are very real. Only the Rams’ nasty QB situation is holding him back. Quick’s a player to own in all formats. He can help you as a bye week replacement. Quick scored his first touchdown last week.

Kenny Stills, Saints — 14 percent

He’s been doing a little more each week, and he will have plenty of big-play potential as teams continue to crash on Jimmy Graham and Brandin Cooks. Stills is a nice bench option in smaller leagues and a very nice flex play in bigger leagues. Once he gets all the way back, he could be a WR3 in all formats. Roster him now.

Marvin Jones, Bengals — 15 percent

Here’s a very nice target of opportunity. Jones was ticketed for big things until a foot injury sidelined him back in August. He should return to the starting lineup this week and he could end up being a very nice WR3 in 10-team leagues once he’s in the groove. Add him now if you have a spot for him.

Greg Jennings, Vikings — 46 percent

I’m not jumping over people to get Jennings, but both he and Cordarrelle Patterson have better days ahead because all of the smaller names in Minnesota have been crazy productive with Teddy Bridgewater under center. Jennings has WR4 appeal for as long as the rookie stays healthy, and the ankle injury he sustained on Sunday appears to be minor and might not even keep him out for Thursday’s game at Green Bay. Jennings might just be up for that one.

Davante Adams, Packers — 5 percent

He’s a stash right now because he hasn’t taken the third receiver job clean just yet. That said, he is looking good and has top-shelf ability. Adams had a beautiful touchdown called back on a penalty last week. He’d have some buzz if it had counted, but he’s still a bit under the radar. Stash him if you have space.

John Brown, Cardinals — 13 percent

Brown can do plenty for you as a strong bench option with weekly scoring potential. As we told you months ago, the rookie is for real and his coaching staff really wants to keep him involved.

Eddie Royal, Chargers — 24 percent

Mr September is back, and this time he has a chance to be productive for the whole year. In smaller leagues, you consider riding the host streak, but Royal could be a year-long flex option in bigger leagues. The loss of Danny Woodhead means Royal’s role could be more consistent week to week.

Odell Beckham Jr., Giants — 2 percent

Do you like to get ahead of the curve? Here’s a chance. Stash Beckham Jr. and you could have a weekly option in the near future. If his hamstring holds up, he could start posting nice numbers very quickly. This kid is a high-end talent. He’d be ripping it up right now if not for the hamstring injury. I’m stashing him where I can. I suggest you do the same. Low risk. High upside.

TIGHT ENDS

Larry Donnell, Giants — 56 percent

You can still get him in a lot of leagues. He’s getting a huge percentage of the Giants’ red zone looks and he’s obviously scoring a lot of fantasy points. This guy is for real.

Travis Kelce, Chiefs — 68 percent

He’s a weekly starter in big leagues and needs to be owned in all formats right now. Grab him even if you have a strong top option. Kelce will have a lot of trade value if he keeps this up, and he has the talent to do it. It’s all about staying healthy.

Dwayne Allen, Colts — 40 percent

His hip is holding up and he’s scoring touchdowns. Allen has plenty of unexplored fantasy upside.

Jordan Reed, Washington — 44 percent

He should return this week, though the matchup (vs. Seattle) is bad. Reed will be a solid source of fantasy points for as long as his health lasts. He should be owned in all leagues.

Blog Author: 
Peter Davidson
Husain Abdullah races into the end zone moments before sliding to his knees in a Muslim prayer. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Husain Abdullah races into the end zone moments before sliding to his knees in a Muslim prayer. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The NFL says it was wrong to penalize Husain Abdullah after his slid into a Muslim prayer following his pick-6 of Tom Brady Monday night.

In the fourth quarter, Abdullah picked off Brady, raced 39 yards for the touchdown and then slid into Sajdah, a common Muslim prayer. Abdullah, a devout Muslim, was making good on a promise that if he ever scored a touchdown, he would “prostrate before God” in the end zone.

The officials assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for the slide, which is not permitted as part of any celebration.

Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d) states: Players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.

But on Tuesday morning, NFL spokesman Michael Signora clarified the interpretation of the rule.

“However, the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play,” Signora told ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Abdullah was very understanding after the game and apparently not upset.

“For me, I just got a little too excited,” Abdullah told reporters. “I think it was for the slide.”

Abdullah said that Chiefs coach Andy Reid told him the penalty was not for the prayer but his slide.

“He said, ‘You can’t slide,’” Abdullah said.

Abdullah played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2008 to ’11, then took a year off to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

The 29-year-old veteran safety took to Twitter Tuesday morning with a Muslim prayer of thankfulness.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

Through four games, the Patriots have been flagged for 33 penalties (seventh-most in the league) for a total of 352 yards (fourth-most in the NFL). To this point in the season, here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against the Patriots this year, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
ST/DB Logan Ryan: 5 penalties (illegal block above the waist, two defensive pass interference, defensive holding, illegal use of hands), 78 yards
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3 penalties (roughing the passer, defensive offsides, unnecessary roughness), 35 yards
WR Brandon LaFell: 3 penalties (offsides on free kick, two offensive pass interference), 25 yards
OL Nate Solder: 3 penalties (offensive holding, illegal block above the waist, false start), 10 yards
CB Malcolm Butler: 2 penalties (defensive pass interference, offensive holding), 34 yards
DL Chandler Jones: 2 penalties (2 roughing the passer), 30 yards
OL Jordan Devey: 2 penalties (offensive holding, false start), 15 yards
TE Rob Gronkowski: 2 penalties (offensive holding, false start), 15 yards
OL Cameron Fleming: 2 penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
OL Ryan Wendell: 1 penalty (facemask), 15 yards
ST/DB Don Jones: 1 penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
OL Marcus Cannon: 1 penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
WR Aaron Dobson: 1 penalty (offensive pass interference) 10 yards
DL Dominique Easley 1 penalty (neutral zone infraction), 5 yards
DL Sealver Siliga: 1 penalty (illegal use of hands), 5 yards
CB Darrelle Revis: 1 penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
Team: 1 penalty (offsides on free kick), 5 yards
WR Danny Amendola: 1 penalty (face mask), 15 yards

Most penalized by position
Offensive line: 9 penalties, 80 yards
Cornerback: 7 penalties, 107 yards
Wide receiver: 5 penalties, 50 yards
Defensive line: 4 penalties, 40 yards
Linebacker: 3 penalty, 35 yards
Special teams: 2 penalties, 20 yards
Tight end: 2 penalty, 15 yards
Team: 1 penalty, 5 yards

Most frequently called penalties
Offensive holding: 7
False start: 4
Roughing the passer: 3
Offensive pass interference: 3
Defensive pass interference: 3
Illegal block above the waist: 2
Defensive holding: 2
Illegal use of hands: 2
Facemask: 2
Offsides on free kick: 1
Neutral zone infraction: 1
Defensive offsides: 1
Unnecessary roughness: 1
Offsides on free kick: 1

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
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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 three regular-season games this year.

WR Julian Edelman: 26 catches on 36 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 15 catches on 21 targets
TE Rob Gronkowski: 13 catches on 26 targets
WR Brandon LaFell: 10 catches on 24 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 catches on 11 targets
TE Tim Wright: 4 catches on 5 targets
WR Danny Amendola: 3 catches on 7 targets
RB James White: 3 catches on 3 targets
RB Stevan Ridley: 3 catches on 4 targets
FB James Develin: 2 catches on 2 targets
RB Brandon Bolden: 1 catch on 3 targets
WR Aaron Dobson: 1 catch on 2 targets
TE Michael Hoomananwanui: 1 catch on 1 target

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price