The Patriots have experienced life with Tom Brady as recently as last season. The stud quarterback missed four games with a suspension and New England fared just fine as a team with a 3-1 record. However, the stark contrast of the Patriots with and without Brady was there in 2016, averaging nearly 10 fewer points per game and 35% fewer points per drive in the opening month. The offense threw eight fewer passes per game en route to 1.33 fewer touchdowns and 72 fewer yards through the air each week. Here is a look at the projected impact for the Patriots without Tom Brady in 2017.
Three of LeGarrette Blount's largest four workload games in 2016 came in the opening month of the season without Tom Brady under the center. New England's shift from the pass to run focus is the key adjustment in life without Brady. Gillislee offers more three-down ability than Blount as vaults from an RB2/3 with RB1 upside to a top-15 weekly projection.