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A list of all the receivers of Tom Brady's TD passes

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A list of all the receivers of Tom Brady's TD passes

Tom Brady has thrown 500 passing touchdowns to 71 different targets in the regular season and 71 touchdowns to 27 targets in the postseason during his career. Here's a list of the players on the other end of those TDs.

Regular Season: 500 TDs to 71 different targets 

  • Rob Gronkowski (76)
  • Randy Moss (39)
  • Wes Welker (34)
  • Deion Branch (24)
  • Julian Edelman (24)
  • Aaron Hernandez (18)
  • Daniel Graham (17)
  • Benjamin Watson (17)
  • David Patten (16)
  • James White (16)
  • Troy Brown (15)
  • Christian Fauria (13)
  • David Givens (12)
  • Danny Amendola (10)
  • Kevin Faulk (10)
  • Chris Hogan (10)
  • Mike Vrabel (8)
  • Brandin Cooks (7)
  • Brandon LaFell (7)
  • Shane Vereen (7)
  • Martellus Bennett (6)
  • Jabar Gaffney (6)
  • Tim Wright (6)
  • Dion Lewis (5)
  • Reche Caldwell (4)
  • Scott Chandler (4)
  • Aaron Dobson (4)
  • Bethel Johnson (4)
  • Brandon Lloyd (4)
  • Malcolm Mitchell (4)
  • Donte' Stallworth (4)
  • Kenbrell Thompkins (4)
  • Danny Woodhead (4)
  • Rex Burkhead (3)
  • Doug Gabriel (3)
  • Chad Jackson (3)
  • Antowain Smith (3)
  • Jermaine Wiggins (3)
  • Sam Aiken (2)
  • Brandon Bolden (2)
  • Kyle Brady (2)
  • Chris Baker (2)
  • Alge Crumpler (2)
  • Corey Dillon (2)
  • Phillip Dorsett (2)
  • Tim Dwight (2)
  • Marc Edwards (2)
  • Donald Hayes (2)
  • Keshawn Martin (2)
  • Cordarrelle Patterson (2)
  • Brandon Tate (2)
  • Dwayne Allen (1)
  • Tom Ashworth (1)
  • LaGarrette Blount (1)
  • Matt Lengel (1)
  • Michael Floyd (1)
  • Larry Centers (1)
  • Cam Cleeland (1)
  • Andre' Davis (1)
  • Heath Evans (1)
  • Terry Glenn (1)
  • Michael Hoomanawanui (1)
  • Charles Johnson (1)
  • Laurence Maroney (1)
  • Mathew Mulligan (1)
  • Chad Ochocinco (1)
  • Patrick Pass (1)
  • David Thomas (1)
  • Brian Tyms (1)
  • Dedric Ward (1)
  • Josh Gordon (1)

Postseason: 71 TDs to 27 different targets

  • Rob Gronkowski (12)
  • David Givens (7)
  • Danny Amendola (5)
  • Julian Edelman (5)
  • Deion Branch (4)
  • Chris Hogan (4)
  • Wes Welker (4)
  • Jabar Gaffney (3)
  • Benjamin Watson (3)
  • James White (3)
  • Aaron Hernandez (2)
  • Brandon LaFell (2)
  • Shane Vereen (2)
  • Mike Vrabel (2)
  • Troy Brown (1)
  • Reche Caldwell (1)
  • Alge Crumpler (1)
  • James Develin (1)
  • Kevin Faulk (1)
  • Daniel Graham (1)
  • Bethel Johnson (1)
  • Brandon Llyod (1)
  • Randy Moss (1)
  • David Patten (1)
  • Nate Solder (1)
  • Dion Lewis (1)
  • Danny Woodhead (1)

This stat shows Patriots QB Tom Brady's impressive ability to prevent turnovers

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This stat shows Patriots QB Tom Brady's impressive ability to prevent turnovers

One of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's trademark qualities is avoiding turnovers.

The six-time Super Bowl champion, unlike many other NFL quarterbacks, consistently avoids putting his team in situations where turnovers are likely.

Pro Football Focus shared a tremendous stat Sunday showing the amount of snaps Brady has had a turnover-worthy play. As you might imagine, it's one of the lowest rates in the league.

Brady threw 11 interceptions during the 2018 season, ending his streak of four consecutive years with fewer than 10 interceptions. However, since the beginning of the 2016 campaign, Brady has just 21 interceptions while completing better than 66 percent of his pass attempts. New England has won two of the three Super Bowls played in that span.

The Patriots next season will try to become the first team to successfully defend a Super Bowl title since Brady and Co. accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004. For that to happen again, Brady must continue to protect the football, and his performance over the last few seasons suggests he will do that.

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Two years after clutch Super Bowl performance, Malcolm Mitchell retires from football

Two years after clutch Super Bowl performance, Malcolm Mitchell retires from football

The last time Malcolm Mitchell left the site of a game that mattered, he did so nonchalantly. He carried a to-go plate in one hand, a half-eaten wing in the other. 

He'd just caught six passes for 70 yards and helped the Patriots win Super Bowl LI. I spoke to him about how two weeks prior, on the fields behind Gillette Stadium, he hadn't been playing like a guy who would come up with some of the most critical plays in the last game of the season. He'd been dealing with some drops. He admitted they were probably the result of over-thinking his Super Bowl prep. 

Mitchell was thankful, remembering how he flipped the switch, that Tom Brady pulled him aside at the time and told him to focus on one play at a time. Mitchell smiled, strolling through the bowels of NRG Stadium in the direction of the team’s Super Bowl party as one of its most promising young players fresh off a championship.

At that point, who knew how many more big-game performances Mitchell would put together over the course of his career?

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As it turned out, he wouldn’t play in another game outside of a preseason contest in Houston the following summer. Mitchell announced at an event at the University of Georgia this week, more than two years after that clutch performance against the Falcons, that he was retiring from football. 

He followed up his announcement with an instagram post that read in part, “Everything will work out.”

Mitchell’s knees wouldn’t allow him to continue his career after spending a portion of last offseason with the Patriots. Though he’s been gone for almost a full calendar year, his absence is still felt at One Patriot Place. 

The fourth-round pick in 2016 — who fell that far in part because of injury concerns — was the most productive rookie receiver the Patriots had featured since Deion Branch in 2002. Receiver remains among the most glaring needs on the Patriots roster as they work to build around Julian Edelman. 

Mitchell’s football career was short-lived, but his one year in New England — and in particular that one night beating up on Falcons corners — has given him a platform to serve as a literacy advocate. He’s written children’s books and continues to speak about the importance of reading for kids from all walks of life. 

Mitchell may be done with the game for which he’s known, but his retirement announcement certainly won’t be the last we hear from him. 

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