Given the volume of throws each was targeted, it’s an impressive statistic that speaks to their reliability on the field. All three showed an ability to make difficult catches, and each projects to be an integral part of the offense in 2012.
Despite finishing near the top of the NFL in numerous passing categories, the Patriots have added several weapons to the receiving corps this offseason, including Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Lloyd.
Brady praised Gaffney last season before the Patriots played the Redskins (Gaffney spent the 2011 season in Washington), saying, "He's just one of those guys that, from the day we got him here, he was just so reliable and dependable.”
Approaching that comment statistically, it’s not hard to understand why the quarterback felt that way, as Gaffney finished fourth in the NFL in 2011 with 34.0 receptions per drop.
Lloyd checked in a little further down the list, but still totaled nearly 18 receptions per drop.
With these five receivers in the fold, plus a number of other reliable targets to round out the offense, it would appear that Brady will once again have dependable pass catchers surrounding him heading into 2012.