Targets: Gronkowski proves reliable

December, 18, 2010
12/18/10
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In updating the target percentages for each Patriots pass-catcher this season, rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski stands out this week. In last Sunday's 36-7 win over the Bears, Gronkowski was targeted six times and had five receptions, one of which went for a touchdown.

That improved his target percentage to 77.5 on the season, second best on the team for players targeted more than 10 times. Only running back Danny Woodhead is better.

A look at the target percentage leaderboard:

Fred Taylor -- 2 targets/2 catches (100 percent)
Danny Woodhead -- 38 targets/30 catches (78.9 percent)
Rob Gronkowski -- 40 targets/31 catches (77.5 percent)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis -- 11 targets/8 catches (72.7 percent)
Wes Welker -- 111 targets/80 catches (72.0 percent)
Aaron Hernandez -- 59 targets/41 catches (69.4 percent)
Deion Branch -- 67 targets/44 catches (65.6 percent)
Sammy Morris -- 8 targets/5 catches (50 percent)
Kevin Faulk -- 10 targets/6 catches (60 percent)
Brandon Tate -- 39 targets/21 catches (53.8 percent)
Alge Crumpler -- 6 targets/3 catches (50.0 percent)
Julian Edelman -- 8 targets/4 catches (50.0 percent)
Randy Moss -- 22 targets/9 catches (40.9 percent)
Matthew Slater -- 1 target/ 0 catches (0 percent)

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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