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QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots

6-4, 210Born: 8-3-1977College: MichiganDrafted: Round 6

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Did the first three games of the season really happen? Brady looks like vintage fantasy stud unstoppable in the short and intermediate passing game Brady. You might not put him with the Manning/Rodgers/Brees/Luck level plays, but his numbers since Week 4 put him there.

General News (Wed Nov 26): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 13: at Green Bay Packers

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
9 vs DEN 33 53 333 4 1 2 4 0 0
11 at IND 19 30 257 2 2 2 -2 0 0
12 vs DET 38 53 349 2 1 0 0 0 0
13 at GB PROJ-Dodds 26 41 * * * 2 * * *
13 at GB PROJ-Tremblay 27 42 * * * 2 * * *
13 at GB PROJ-Bloom 24 37 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 11 vs IND (19 / 30 / 257 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

For the first time in several weeks, Tom Brady didn't look like the best quarterback in the NFL. That's not to say he played badly, although his first half left a lot to be desired. Rather, this was a game completely controlled by Jonas Gray and the run blocking, so Brady didn't need to do a ton. Brady attempted 30 passes, while the Patriots dialed up 41 rushing attempts. The Colts could do nothing to stop the run game, so the Patriots kept coming back to it with major success. The Colts used stunts and disguises to disrupt the Patriots' pass protection in the first half, and the pressure was most noticeable on Tom Brady's second interception that was arguably one of the worst decisions of his last several seasons, although luckily it didn't really affect the game outcome. On a 3rd and 1 with Jonas Gray running like a train, Brady checked from a run to a pass. He was immediately pressured as the Colts had stacked the line, and threw a horrible floater off his back foot in the general area of Rob Gronkowski. The ball hung in the air forever and was underthrown, giving a Colts defender one of the easiest interceptions you'll ever see. Brady's first interception was again a result of pressure and a questionable decision. While he was about to be hit, Brady threw a deep ball in the direction of Brian Tyms who had three defenders near him. Three is generally better than one, and the ball was a bit underthrown and picked off, although it basically acted like a good punt. Brady was the victim of a couple drops from Brian Tyms and Julian Edelman, but he did have two touchdowns on the day as well. The first was a play action fake from the goal line that showed off nice timing and a nice catch from Tim Wright, as the Colts were playing the run hard because Jonas Gray had been mauling the defense. Brady's second touchdown was all Rob Gronkowski, who caught a shallow pass and Gronk'd his way to the end zone from 26 yards out. It's getting repetitive, but he sloughed off a tackler, stiff armed another, and outran a third. The first half was likely just a blip in the radar for the Patriots passing attack, and no one will be surprised if the passing game is the leader in the clubhouse against the Lions or Packers in the coming weeks.

2014 Week 12 vs DET (38 / 53 / 349 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

On a day where the game plan dictated extremely heavy passing game usage, Tom Brady and the passing attack came through very well. The 53 to 20 pass to run ratio doesn't tell the entire story, as several of those runs came on the last couple clock killing drives. Considering that the Lions were touted as the best defense in the league by many, the offensive line gave Tom Brady amazing protection, as he wasn't sacked once and barely hit. In particular, Brady continued to connect with Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman, targeting them a whopping 27 times. In fact, only one of Brady's targets wasn't to LaFell, Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Shane Vereen or Tim Wright, as those five players are clearly the passing game pecking order. Both of Brady's touchdowns came on very easy tosses to Tim Wright. Both plays highlighted blown coverages by the defense, the second in particular being very egregious, as there was no one within yards of Wright. You've seen it plenty of times by now, but the passing attack clear has its players carved out in various roles. Edelman is the underneath guy, Vereen operates out of the backfield in mismatch routes, LaFell is the best play action/chunk guy, and Gronk usually operates in the intermediate middle or seam. That's how the attack was against the Lions, and by and large they had no answer. Brady's lone interception came on a throw to Rob Gronkowski where Gronkowski was interfered with but the refs didn't give a call. Regardless, the Lions safety would have likely intercepted the ball either way, and it was mostly a case of good recognition and reaction by James Ihedigbo. Brady did show off his improved scrambling ability on a couple plays, including the play before his interception where he scrambled to his left and found Tim Wright for 16 yards. All in all, a solid but not spectacular day for Brady made better by his line.

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Latest News

Patriots | Tom Brady practices in full (Wed Nov 26, 05:32 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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Patriots | Tom Brady should play (Fri Nov 21, 04:55 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 12.

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Patriots | Tom Brady participates fully (Thu Nov 20, 04:52 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: We're not worried about Brady and expect QB1 numbers from him again this week.
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Patriots | Tom Brady fully practices (Wed Nov 19, 04:31 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

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Patriots | Tom Brady should play (Fri Nov 14, 05:11 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and is listed as probable for Week 11.

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Schedule

13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills