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QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots

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

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Tom Brady will be suspended for four games for his role in air pressure discrepancies in balls used in the AFC Championship game. There is a chance that he'll be able have the suspension overturned in court, but it is small.

Summary

Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension was denied, so as of now (and depending on whether he decides to take it to court), Brady is out for the first month of the season. We all know that he will return from his suspension and be the starting quarterback, no matter how well Jimmy Garoppolo plays. Further, we know that Brady will continue to put up tremendous and fantastic numbers with the Patriots, especially as they have the same core group of receiving targets for a second straight season. Brady is currently suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season, but is appealing. We don't know how much - if anything - it gets reduced, Even if Brady loses a court case - or decides not to go to court - he's still one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and will give you top quarterback fantasy numbers after he returns. If you draft carefully, you should survive that first stretch. After a rough start last year, Brady put up top ten quarterback numbers the rest of the way. Also keep in mind that Brady is going to come back with a rather sizable chip on his shoulder after all this Ballghazi/Deflategate nonsense. An angry Brady is a productive Brady. (July 28)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 14, 5, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 13, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 20, 29
Overall Redraft - 93, 52
QB Dynasty - 14, 8, 13, 13, 14, 18, 21

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2012 NE 16 401 638 4827 34 8 23 32 4
2013 NE 16 380 628 4343 25 11 33 18 0 3
2014 NE 16 374 583 4109 33 9 36 57 0 3
2015 PROJ-Dodds 12 288 458 * * * 22 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 12 297 465 * * * 23 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 12 314 486 * * * 25 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 14 335 518 * * * 34 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 88
QB: 11

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Latest News

Patriots | Tom Brady works with starters (Thu Jul 30, 02:12 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady received all of the reps with first-team offense during practice Thursday, July 30, and completed 27 of his 30 passes during team drills.

Our View: Brady looked great out there in training camp. We'll have to wait and see if he is actually going to stay suspended for the first four games of the year.
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Patriots | Tom Brady's case moved to New York (Thu Jul 30, 10:08 AM) - Updating an ongoing story, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's lawsuit was transferred to Manhattan, N.Y., by a Minnesota judge Friday, July 30.

Our View: This is a win for the NFL. The NFLPA wanted this to be tried in Minnesota where Judge David Doty presides. He has historically been friendly to the Player's Association.
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Patriots | Tom Brady files suit against NFL (Thu Jul 30, 09:48 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has filed a lawsuit against the NFL asking a Minnesota federal court for penalties against Brady to be vacated. The suit alleges that Brady's punishment was not fair and consistent. It also claims that the appeal hearing 'defied any concept of fundamental fairness' and that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was partial in his decision to uphold the suspension.

Our View: This is in a way Brady calling foul on Goodell. Yes, Goodell decided to uphold the suspension and we know there's a million Pats fans saying "not fair!" --but this ability Goodell has was collectively bargained for. We can't see a judge ruling against something that was agreed to in the CBA. Stay tuned.
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Patriots | Tom Brady defends broken phone (Wed Jul 29, 09:19 AM) - Updating previous reports, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady posted on Facebook that he replaced his broken phone with a new one after his attorneys told the NFL 'my actual phone device' would not be investigated. His representatives turned over requested cell phone records and emails, Brady said, and tried to obtain text messages from his old phone.

Our View: Where's Lily from AT&T when you need her? Seriously, just turn over the phone and he might have been able to avoid a suspension. Brady's defenders (and Brady himself) have to realize how bad this looks to destroy part of the evidence. He's popped for four games, and now he'll sue the league to get that suspension reduced, eliminated or delayed.
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Patriots | Tom Brady offers lesser penalty (Wed Jul 29, 01:42 AM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could have had his suspended reduced based on a series of conditions. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL was willing to drop the suspension by 'at least 50 percent' if Brady admitted to having knowledge of what the team's staff was doing to footballs, he admitted to failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation and he apologized.

Our View: Brady continues to declare his innocence in this whole debacle, and he hasn't exactly cooperated 100 percent in the investigation. Now, we'll see if legal action can get his suspension delayed, eliminated or reduced. The general feeling is that most judges are going to rule against something that has been collectively bargained for. Thus, Brady's four-game ban might stick.
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