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Week 1 vs. BUF
Receiving: 2 / 33 / 0 on 4 targets
The former Charger was one of three wide receivers available to the Patriots on the afternoon and only he and Troy Brown caught passes on the day. Caldwell finished with two catches for 33 yards.
Week 2 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 2 / 14 / 0 on 4 targets
Caldwell's two receptions both came on third and five plays and resulted in first downs. The gains were for eight and six yards. Caldwell was targeted in the end zone on a play where the Jets were penalized for holding.
Week 3 vs. DEN
Receiving: 3 / 46 / 0 on 7 targets
Brady tried to hit Caldwell eight times over the course of the game but only completed three passes to him for 46 yards. Four of his targets came on third down but Caldwell only caught one of those passes, a 23 yard reception.
Week 4 vs. CIN
Receiving: 2 / 20 / 0 on 3 targets
Caldwell took a monster hit to the helmet in the third quarter and stayed down, but eventually left under his own power and was seen mouthing, "I'm okay" on the sidelines. Miraculously, he returned to the field on New England's next possession. He finished the game with a pair of catches for 20 yards on four targets.
Week 5 vs. MIA
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 3 targets
Caldwell only caught one pass for five yards and was only targeted three times.
Week 7 vs. BUF
Rushing: 1 / 5 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 22 / 0 on 9 targets
Caldwell was featured on the first New England possession seeing five of nine passes from QB Tom Brady. Two quick short passes set up a double move, but he was unable to connect with Brady on a longer throw. Later in the drive he was open on a deep slant into the end zone. He got a hand on the pass, but it was slightly overthrown. Caldwell pulled in two other short passes at the line of scrimmage before being targeted deep on a third down play. He made a nice adjustment coming back to the ball and nearly made a leaping catch, but the ball came loose as he went to the ground.
Week 8 vs. MIN
Receiving: 7 / 84 / 1 on 7 targets
Caldwell was very involved in the game in the first half. His first contribution was a six yard reception for a touchdown to cap the first drive. His next target also came in the end zone, but he had no chance to make the catch. Caldwell's other three targets in the first half all resulted in first downs. He had gains of 11 yards, and then followed it up with gains of 34 yards and 12 yards on the Patriots' final possession of the half. Caldwell caught passes for eight yards and 15 yards in the second half before making a reception for no gain which resulted in a fumble and a loss of possession. He was taken out of the game later with the Patriots well ahead. Caldwell saw more targets than any other Patriots' wide receiver in the game and his role seems to be increasing.
Week 9 vs. IND
Receiving: 1 / 21 / 0 on 4 targets
Caldwell only converted one of his six targets. He seemed to drop some passes he should've caught, but he also was covered well on most of his looks. Caldwell was flagged for offensive pass interference on his first target.
Week 10 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 9 / 90 / 1 on 10 targets
It was a career day for Caldwell. He caught nine passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. He came back for the ball after it was tipped at the line. He made a nice move to avoid a couple of New York defenders and sprinted to the end zone. His touchdown put the Patriots right back in the game. He then caught a pass to convert the two point conversion, leaving the Patriots just three points behind with 4:22 to go in the fourth quarter.
Week 11 vs. GB
Receiving: 3 / 70 / 1 on 6 targets
Caldwell caught a 54 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, which is the longest completion of the season for New England. He reestablished himself as a reliable receiver after his costly fumble in the Jets' game.
Week 12 vs. CHI
Receiving: 3 / 57 / 0 on 5 targets
Caldwell caught all of his final four targets in Week 12, or at least that is what many thought. After catching a 15 yard out for a first down in the second quarter, Caldwell appeared to make a 10 yard diving catch but the play was reviewed and ruled incomplete. Caldwell was quiet until the fourth quarter, where he contributed significantly with a 22 yard catch for a first down and then a five yard catch that he ran for 15 more yards after the reception.
Caldwell also recovered a fumbled catch by TE Ben Watson, but he failed to secure it and fumbled the ball just a few moments later back to the Bears.
Week 13 vs. DET
Receiving: 8 / 112 / 0 on 14 targets
Caldwell made a nice leaping grab on the left sideline early in the first quarter when QB Tom Brady lobbed him a long fade; however he came down on the sideline not quite able to keep both feet inbounds. He followed up that play with five more targets during their second possession. Four of them were receptions moving the Patriots into scoring position. Caldwell was open in the end zone at the end of the drive, but Brady threw the ball well short as the ball bounced to him. Later on, Caldwell got wide open down the right sideline, but Brady wasn't able to get the ball downfield as he was being hit on the delivery. Just before halftime Caldwell pulled in another deep dig route putting the New England offense into scoring position leading to the second Gostkowski field goal. Caldwell continued to be Brady's favorite target through the second half. Brady tried to force an out into Caldwell on the sideline that was intercepted, but continued to go back to him with four more short targets in the fourth quarter.
Week 14 vs. MIA
Receiving: 1 / 12 / 0 on 3 targets
Like the rest of the Patriots, Caldwell was unable to get going in this game, and did not catch a ball after the opening drive.
Week 15 vs. HOU
Receiving: 6 / 25 / 0 on 8 targets
Caldwell's seven targets before halftime were more than double any other Patriot receiver. QB Tom Brady is leaning more and more on Caldwell with each passing week. All five of his receptions were short passes, but several were on third down conversions. Caldwell did a good job on each to make sure he was getting enough yardage with his pattern to gain the first down. He was also targeted on a deep ball down the right sideline just before halftime. He was able to draw a pass interference flag on the play setting up Brady's second touchdown pass.
Week 16 vs. JAX
Receiving: 4 / 15 / 0 on 7 targets
Caldwell was targeted seven times, but all four of his receptions were for short gains. He was quickly tackled on each occasion and did not have much chance to make a play.
Week 17 vs. TEN
Receiving: 4 / 134 / 1 on 7 targets
Continues to be Brady's big play target, catching four balls for 134 yards, including a clutch 62 yard bomb that put New England up 26---13.
Week 18 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 5 / 50 / 0 on 6 targets
Some expected Caldwell to be the guy in the postseason for New England, but that simply was not the case today. As usual, Tom Brady spread the ball around and consistently found the most open receiver. In this case, that was rarely Caldwell. His numbers increased once the Jets decided to account for Jabar Gaffney, but he was never able to hit that one big strike.
Week 19 vs. SD
Receiving: 7 / 80 / 1 on 9 targets
Caldwell got back at his former club in a big way. The receiver, who was signed away from the Chargers as a free agent this past offseason, made two of the biggest plays of the entire game (both in the second half). With the Patriots trailing 21-13, Caldwell broke to the back left corner of the end zone to get wide open for a four yard touchdown from Tom Brady. After a two point conversion and a San Diego punt, the Patriots took over with a chance to go ahead. Facing a third down and ten situation from their own 34 yard line, Brady lofted a pass deep down the right sideline to Caldwell for a 49 yard completion. Caldwell was unable to tiptoe the sideline to stay in bounds, which would have resulted in a 66 yard touchdown. As it was, the play helped set up the game winning field goal for New England.
Week 20 vs. IND
Receiving: 4 / 46 / 0 on 9 targets
Despite the fact that he was very obviously looking at the football, Reche Caldwell had a bit of a tough time hanging onto it this week. He had what was a critical dropped touchdown right in the end zone where he was wide open. It was probably the easiest catch he'll ever have, and he let it slip right through his hands. Jabar Gaffney helped to reduce the sting of that play by scoring immediately afterward anyway, but Caldwell later added another drop, this time on a sideline pass (and again wide open). Charger fans are only left to wonder where this Caldwell was a week ago on that 49 yard pass play down the right sideline.