This is NOT a conclusion or statement of anything regarding dropped passes as it relates to anyone in particular on the Patriots.
Just information, in case anyone wanted to know.
Yes the Patriots, as a team currently lead the league in dropped passes with 23 (WR's, TE's, RB's etc.). 19 are by WR group(12 by the two rookies). 4 by RB group. 0 by TE group.
How are dropped passes defined? I have no idea. Hopefully no matter how they are defined it is simply consistently judged by the same single person across the league. Otherwise it is probably a lot like calling PI. Some are obvious and some are so close that the call is judgement and could go either way.
Some notable players and drops. (some are in 5 gms and some 6 gms, different tgt amounts)
Dobson - 6
Thompkins - 6
Edelman - 5
Tavon Austin - 7
Calvin Johnson - 4
Eric Decker - 5
Wes Welker - 4
Devone Bess - 4
Josh Gordon - 4
Stevie Johnson - 4
Reggie Wayne - 3
Steve Smith - 3
AJ Green - 3
Hakeem Nicks - 3
Team incompletions per game (? Bad pass, did not see open WR, defended pass, dropped ball, miscommunication, etc?)
Patriots ranked 29th at 17.17 incompletions per game.
Patriots ranked 30th with 103 total incompletions through 6 weeks (** 8 teams have only played 5 games though, so who knows where they would be if all teams played 6 games **)
103 - 23drops = 80 incompletions to fall in those other categories in some combination
Patriots are 5th in passing attempts at 239 (39.83 attempts per game)
39.83 - 3.8 drops/gm = 36 passing plays a game left to some combination of ((Bad pass, did not see open WR, miscommunication, [or otherwise known as failed execution]) defended pass, Completions, etc?)
Most Targets by Rookie Catchers (all are in the top 58 for all NFL receiver options(WR, TE, RB) in total targets)
Jordan Cameron (TE) - 54 (4th round)
Thompkins (WR) - 50 (UdFA)
Robert Woods (WR) - 45 (2nd round)
Tavon Austin (WR) - 41 **another rookie with a high drop count ** (1st round)
Deandre Hopkins (WR) - 38 (1st round)
Aaron Dobson (WR) - 37 (2nd round)