QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots
|6-4, 210||Born: 8-3-1977||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 6|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 24): Brady faced an old nemesis in Rex Ryan, but it's still obvious that the offensive potency is going down heading into their toughest matchup of the year at Denver. It might even be rational to bench him this week.
Week 12: at Denver Broncos
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs BUF (20 / 39 / 277 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Talk about a rough day. Tom Brady was harassed all day by the Bills for a myriad of reasons. One, the Bills had a great defensive gameplan, and confused Brady and the offensive line at times. Two, the offensive line was in tatters, particularly the right side, which was consistently beaten on almost every pass play. Three, Tom Brady lost Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson to injuries at points in the game, leaving Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper as the only available wide receivers by the 4th quarter. Needless to say, this meant the offense had an extremely tough time moving the ball for most of the day. Brady was pressured on 23 of his 40 dropbacks, by far the worst mark of the season. He had an early interception bounce off Rob Gronkowski's hands, but luckily for him, the play was negated because of offset penalties. His actual interception was just an awful throw and decision into double or triple coverage. Worse yet, it was to Chris Harper, who was just called off the practice squad and isn't a deep threat. There was some good, such as a few good throws while getting drilled by a defender. His touchdown was a dumpoff to James White, who broke a tackle to scamper in the endzone. But by and large, this was a very ineffective and inefficient day for the Patriots, who won because of great defense and special teams more than anything.
2015 Week 10 vs NYG (26 / 42 / 334 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady had what was arguably his worst day of the 2015 season, yet somehow managed to escape New York with a win. Working against him were the NFL's most injured offensive line, his #1 target in Julian Edelman suffering a broken foot, Dion Lewis going down with a torn ACL the prior week, amongst other issues. The offensive line held up at times and was sieve-like at times, but Brady often held the ball for too long, looking for deep shots that simply weren't there. Nowhere was this more evident than the throw that should have ended the game, yet somehow Landon Collins dropped an easy interception while jumping. Brady's pocket awareness was also subpar on the day, twice getting sacked and fumbling. Brady's interception in the endzone was also just a plain bad throw behind Brandon LaFell on a slant route, a throw Brady normally makes with ease. Brady did have some positives, including a couple good deep balls, though some of the deep balls were plain bad as aforementioned. Rob Gronkowski's touchdown was a great throw and effort by receiver, who caught a deep ball, shed a tackler, and raced to the endzone for 76 yards. Brady's 4th and 10 conversion to Danny Amendola was also the stuff of pure mettle, as Brady's first three throws on the drive were awful. Though his stat line wasn't bad, Tom Brady didn't have a great day, and it will be interested to see how his offensive line and the loss of Edelman impacts the team going forward.
2015 Week 9 vs WAS (26 / 39 / 299 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
You know Tom Brady is playing well when 299 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception are a 'floor' for production. There were a couple major storylines for the Patriots, Brady included, during the game against Washington. Sebastian Vollmer, the former right tackle who had to flip to left tackle, left the game with a concussion. This meant Cameron Fleming, someone who hadn't been on the active roster at the start of the season , had to fill in at left tackle. Which meant that Brady's right tackles were a combination of a tight end (Michael Williams) and a 2nd-year center (Bryan Stork). It's amazing Brady was able to do anything at all, but his remarkably quick passing decisions and a good run game aided him. This was easily the most balanced gameplan of the year, with 39 passes compared to 35 rushes. This was partially because Dion Lewis got hurt, which meant a good piece of the passing attack wasn't available. Brady's first touchdown pass was a shallow route to Julian Edelman, who dove into the end zone to barely score. His second came late in the game to Brandon Bolden, who beat a linebacker on a go route. Brady's interception was his biggest blemish, as it was a bad throw to Julian Edelman that went directly into a linebacker's hands. Brady did miss a sure touchdown on a Dion Lewis drop on a deep ball, and also missed Brandon LaFell on another deep connection because he wasn't able to step into his throw. Still, the offensive line bears watching going forward and may be the biggest reason for any failures Brady has.
2015 Week 8 vs MIA (26 / 38 / 356 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Though he was under pressure for a decent portion of the day, and considering his offensive line was once again in shambles, Tom Brady once again made it look easy, showing why he's the best NFL quarterback. To no one's surprise, his top targets were Rob Gronkowski, Dion Lewis, and Julian Edelman, who all caught at least one touchdown pass. The game was essentially over by the 4th quarter, as the Patriots defense showed up big. It's also interesting to note that this was one of the more Žbalanced' Patriots game plans of the year despite the 38:25 pass to run ratio. Brady's first touchdown was a pass to Rob Gronkowski down the middle that saw Gronk stiff arm a defender and race down the sidelines for a long score. Credit to Brandon LaFell on the play for a crucial block. His next was to Dion Lewis that saw Lewis sneak out of the backfield virtually uncovered with the Dolphins in a zone look. Not much to it other than a simple pitch and catch. Brady's first touchdown toss to Julian Edelman was a curl route with a linebacker in coverage. Edelman caught the ball around the 3 yard line and simply dove into the end zone for the score. Deciding he hadn't had enough, Edelman also caught Brady's final touchdown score. Edelman juked outside, slanted inside, caught a pass, and scored. All in all, another masterful day for an offense that keeps on rolling.
2015 Week 7 vs NYJ (34 / 54 / 355 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 15 / 1 rush)
#1 defense against #1 offense? Try #1 defense versus a Madden-like gameplan. The Patriots completely ignored the run and threw the entire offensive load on Tom Brady against the Jets, who as usual, responded like he was the greatest quarterback in history. In fact, for the first time in his career, Brady led the Patriots in rushing with a whopping 15 yards. Patriots running backs ran the ball 5 times, while Brady threw it 54 times, including during clock-chewing mode, something you'll almost never see. Brady's first touchdown was a quarterback sneak that saw Brady display his hops. However, it was set up by an 11 yard scramble on 3rd and 10 from the man himself, who wisely took off when no one was open and pressure was bearing down on him. Touchdown #2 was a stunning catch by Danny Amendola, who jumped in the air while being covered to secure the score. #3 came on an all-out blitz by the Jets, who left Rob Gronkowski uncovered as a result. Whoops. Brady was also plagued by receiver drops, as the telecast counted 10 of them, including 6 from a very rusty Brandon LaFell. Had he not suffered these drops, his totals would have been even gaudier. Regardless, another week, another stellar performance from the league's best.
2015 Week 6 vs IND (23 / 37 / 312 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)
Though the box score was close, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense outplayed the Colts offense in most facets of the game. One of the biggest takeaways from Sunday is that the Patriots are razor thin at the tackle position, however, as Marcus Cannon left the game with a toe injury. With Nate Solder on I.R., this forced RT Sebastian Vollmer to fill in at left tackle, while newly called-up tackle Cameron Fleming was thrust into a starting role. Given the relative inexperience of the offensive line, Brady held up well, thanks in part to his slick maneuverability within the pocket. On many throws, Brady's ability to step up, slide, or roll out resulted in extended plays that were cashed in for meaningful conversions. Brady's first touchdown was a strike to Julian Edelman down the middle after stepping up in the pocket. However, the play completely mangled Edelman's pinky, which may have led to Brady's first interception of the season later on. On the play, Edelman bobbled an easy catch, the ball popped in the air, and a Colts safety returned the interception for 6. Not Brady's fault at all, but such is life. Brady's second touchdown caused a Gronk spike, as Gronk was inexplicably left open off the snap. You leave Gronk open, and he's going to ignore the tacklers coming his way on his way to the endzone. Brady's last touchdown was created once again by his legs, as he scrambled right because of pressure and found a roaming LeGarrette Blount. Once again, game script called for more passing than rushing as it has been all season, and Brady rose to the challenge despite adverse circumstances.
2015 Week 5 vs DAL (20 / 27 / 275 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 1 rush)
In a way, the game against Dallas was a tale of two halves for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. In the first half, Brady was pressured relentlessly, suffering five sacks and being pressured, hit, or sacked on all of his first 10 dropbacks. In the second half, the short passing game came into focus much more, and Brady wasn't sacked at all. The Pats' first half touchdown was a sneak from the 1 by Brady, who as usual, executed the play masterfully. Some of the Cowboys didn't seem to see the play coming, which made it even easier, as Brady crossed the goal line with no issues. Brady's touchdown pass to Dion Lewis was all Lewis, who took a short pass and eluded multiple defenders with a spectacular run after catch effort. Similarly, Julian Edelman's long TD was caught maybe 20 yards downfield, and the rest was Edelman eluding 4 tacklers. Because of the nature of the Cowboys pass rush, Dion Lewis was the most targeted Patriot on the day, as he was often the outlet or quick dumpoff. Because of game flow, time of possession and balance, Brady also had only 27 pass attempts, which was his season low.
2015 Week 3 vs JAX (33 / 42 / 358 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
The Patriots scored on every single offensive drive they had, which should probably tell you all you need to know about Tom Brady's performance. At 38, Brady has been dominant this season, and Jacksonville was no exception. Brady attempted more deep balls in this game than prior games, and some connected, some didn't. Seam routes to Rob Gronkowski worked on a couple occasions, as did a deep pass to Aaron Dobson that drew pass interference. Brady's stat line could have been much gaudier, but three New England touchdowns were cashed in at the 1 yard line by the running game, which won't always happen. Though the game was a bit more balanced than last week, the Patriots still went pass heavy when the game was in-hand, and ran consistently only when the score differential was 30 or 40 points. Brady's first touchdown was a play action set up that saw Danny Amendola wide open in the end zone, the definition of pitch and catch. Brady's second touchdown was next to brand new receiver Keshawn Martin. On the play, Brady was forced to awkwardly scramble to his left. Martin eyed his quarterback, saw he was in trouble, and smartly broke left, allowing Brady to throw it to Martin on the score. Credit goes to both quarterback and receiver on the play. Brady completed passes to 9 different receivers, and continues to excel as the season progresses.
2015 Week 2 vs BUF (38 / 59 / 466 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / -4 / 0 rush)
For a second week in a row, Tom Brady showed why he's one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, absolutely shredding the Bills defense to the tune of multiple touchdowns and 466 yards. Brady operated the short and intermediate passing game masterfully, although huge credit should go out to his offensive line. Considering Brady attempted a whopping 59 passes, only 2 sacks allowed was a testament to the young group battling against a high-paid Bills defensive line. Game script obviously favored passing, as the 59 pass attempts were coupled with 15 rush attempts. Brady's first touchdown came to Julian Edelman on a play that was mostly Brady, as he scrambled left and threw to his receiver on the run. The 2 yard touchdown to Rob Gronkowski saw a tight run formation flex Gronk and Scott Chandler out wide. For some reason, the Bills double teamed Chandler and stuck a small cornerback on Gronk. Not the best decision, but it worked out for the Patriots. Brady's third touchdown was a short toss to Edelman that saw Edelman rack up YAC and dive into the endzone for a score. Brady did have several deeper completions, whether depth of target was short or far, including chunk plays to Gronk, Edelman, Dion Lewis, and more. Aaron Dobson even got involved in the intermediate game. Brady's only blemish was a fumble on a strip by a defensive lineman, but all in all, another great day at the office.
2015 Week 1 vs PIT (25 / 32 / 288 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
Anger. Revenge. Drama. Whatever fueled Tom Brady's fire, he was on his game against the Steelers, and started out with a bang. The generation's best quarterback eviscerated the opposing defense with quicker throws and targets primarily to his favorite targets, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. His offensive line's performance should also be noted, as it held up remarkably well given that it contained 3 rookies. Running back Dion Lewis also provided a spark with pass catching and running chops. Brady's only real blemish was an overthrow of a wide-open Danny Amendola on a deep pass, but other than that, his stat line, which included 19 straight completions, was an indicator of how well Brady played. Brady's first touchdown was a 16 yard toss to Rob Gronkowski that somehow had Gronk uncovered at the snap. You do that, you're gonna have a bad time. Gronk eluded a tackler, while another made a smart 'business decision' to not bother tackling Gronk properly and let him score. Brady's second touchdown was a play action touchdown to Gronkowski from 6 yards out in a tight end heavy set. Brady lobbed the ball over defenders down the middle, and the big tight end grabbed it. The third touchdown of the day was a 1 yard flat pass to Scott Chandler that barely saw Chandler score. Brady's last touchdown was of course to Gronk again on a fade from the 1, because the Steelers decided a linebacker could match up with Gronk, which is obviously wrong. All in all, a great day for Tommy Boy.
Latest NewsPatriots | Tom Brady does enough to win (Tue Nov 24, 01:44 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 20 of his 39 pass attempts for 277 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 11 game against the Buffalo Bills Monday, Nov. 23. link to story Patriots | New England forced to adjust offense (Wed Nov 18, 01:22 PM) - The New England Patriots and QB Tom Brady ran only 21 of 68 plays with three receivers in Week 10 against the New York Giants with RB Dion Lewis (knee) out for the year and WR Julian Edelman (foot) injured. After Edelman was injured in the first quarter, the Pats ran only four of 26 plays with three receivers on the field. link to story
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