QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots
|6-4, 210||Born: 8-3-1977||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 6|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Maybe it really was just as simple as getting Rob Gronkowski back to full speed. Brady appears to have leveled off at a low QB1 cruising altitude, and he's a good QB1 start against the Bears this week.
General News (Fri Oct 24): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.
General News (Wed Oct 22): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 8: vs Chicago Bears
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tom Brady has been on a tear since being benched early in the loss to Kansas City - 48/75 for 622 yards passing, seven TDs and zero interceptions thrown is what he's thrown over the past two games, folks. Impressive. Four players have been targeted 10 or more times during the last two explosive games: Rob Gronkowski (19 targets for 12/162/0 receiving); Julian Edelman (22 for 14/135/0 receiving); Brandon LaFell (11 for 8/152/2), and Shane Vereen (11 for 6/74/2 receiving). There are a lot of fantasy points available from Brady during recent weeks - start one of the above fantasy receivers and your club should be doing well at the end of Sunday. The Bears' pass D just last weekend allowed Miami 25/32 for 256 net yards, two TDs with one interception thrown, and four sacks taken for -21 yards. Two weeks back, it was Matt Ryan slinging 19/37 for 245 yards, one TD and one interception while taking four sacks for -26 yards. Chicago gives freely in this phase of the game. In fact the Bears are tied for 19th in the NFL averaging 247.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given up to date, vs. eight interceptions (tied for third in the NFL) and 19 sacks (tied-eighth) generated so far. This is a good matchup for the streaking Brady and company.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 5 vs CIN (23 / 35 / 292 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
There is nothing quite like an angry athlete. And boy oh boy, was Tom Brady an angry athlete against the Bengals. He, the offensive line, and the Patriots as a whole delivered what was easily their best performance of the season, jumping out to a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looking back. Perhaps most importantly of all, the offensive line was much better than it's been all season. As a result, Brady was more confident, stood longer in the pocket, was fired up, and all the other things you want to see from a starting quarterback. His attitude was evidenced by plays as simple as taking off for runs when no one was open, something he passed up against Kansas City. The game plan was also a huge success, as the trenches and being physical were the main components for the Pats. The running game was wildly effective, opening up the passing game. Brady also utilized his top two tight ends extremely well, something we haven't seen since Aaron Hernandez was on the field. The middle of the field, seam routes, and crossing routes were all there for the taking, and that was how the majority of the passing game damage was done. Brady's first touchdown was a strike to Tim Wright that saw Wright make a very nice grab for 17 yards. Nothing fancy, just a good read with a mini go route working the seam, which was a theme for much of the night. Brady's second touchdown toss was a Rob Gronkowski seam toss, and as usual, the man-child dodged a defender and waltzed into the end zone. There were a couple blemishes on the day for Brady. On maybe four or so passes, he was behind his intended receiver. He should have been intercepted on a bad throw to Julian Edelman, but the linebacker from the Bengals dropped an easy catch. His deep ball was a bit wobbly and off as well, but the intermediate game was clicking. This was a statement game for Brady and the Patriots, and they sure made one.
2014 Week 6 vs BUF (27 / 37 / 361 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
For the second week in a row, the Patriots offense was extremely solid as far as the passing game was concerned, with decent protection, good receiver separation and Tom Brady stepping into throws with accuracy, highlighted by his 15 for 17 second half. Promisingly, Brady also hit several deep balls, something that hadn't happened going back to 2013. Game flow dictated a more pass heavy attack as the Bills run defense was completely stuffing the Pats running backs, and the Patriots and Brady responded, completing passes to a whopping 10 different receivers. As expected, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were Brady's top two targets, with 21 of his 37 attempts going their way. Brady's first touchdown of the day was a simple one yard play action fake to Tim Wright, who was as wide open as any receiver you'll find in the end zone. A simple pitch and catch if there ever was one. Brady's second touchdown was one of the best deep balls he's thrown in possibly years, and that's not an exaggeration. Brian Tyms streaked down the field being blanketed by three Bills defenders. Brady still tossed the ball his way about 40-45 yards in the air, and it landed right in Tyms's lap, who managed to secure the catch even with a defender swatting at the ball. Beautiful play by both quarterback and receiver, and a welcome sight for the Patriots who desperately need a lid-lifting deep threat at receiver. Brady's third touchdown toss was an 18 yarder to Brandon LaFell on 3rd and 12. LaFell was open against a zone defense in the middle of the field, and waltzed in the end zone nearly untouched despite the down and yardage. This was more of a defensive coverage lapse than anything, but credit LaFell for finding a spot where he would be uncovered. Brady's last touchdown, the dagger of the game, was a 56 yard pass to LaFell, who dodged a tackler and ran down the sideline about 30 additional yards before somersaulting into the end zone. Again, a solid deeper ball by Brady, who's had his issues in that area. Brady also had a touchdown to Rob Gronkowski called back by an offensive holding. All in all, besides a few pressure plays and offensive penalties, a very solid night for Brady and the Patriots passing game.
2014 Week 7 vs NYJ (20 / 37 / 261 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It may not have been as pretty as the Bengals game, but Tom Brady was still effective against the Jets. There was plenty of pressure from a very solid Jets front seven, but given how solid the Jets are up front, there were certainly plays where the offensive line for the Patriots dominated the defensive line for the Jets. One such play was Brady's first touchdown to Shane Vereen, a 49 yard deep throw that was almost overthrown if Vereen hadn't made a great leaping grab. Pass protection on the play was stellar, allowing Brady time to roll to the right and find Vereen. It did help that the Jets only rushed 3 defenders and there was a busted coverage by the safety. Brady's second touchdown was a fairly easy toss to Vereen from 3 yards out. Vereen cut left on a route and found space at the front of the end zone, Brady found him, touchdown. Nothing complex. Brady's third touchdown was to Danny Amendola, and it was perhaps the highlight play of the night. Brady was forced out of the pocket, rolled to his left, and saw Amendola improvising on his route. Brady fired the ball on the run, and Amendola made an amazing leaping catch, snagging the ball behind his body as he twisted in mid-air. Great job by both quarterback and receiver on the play, especially considering it was 3rd and goal from the 19 yard line. Brady did miss several throws either behind or too high for receivers, but was also victimized by a couple drops from Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, his two most reliable targets. While he didn't play at an elite level, Brady was solid against the Jets, which is what the Patriots need, especially on nights when time of possession is 40:00 to 20:00 in the opposing team's favor.
Latest NewsPatriots | Tom Brady expected to play (Fri Oct 24, 05:12 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and is listed as probable for Week 8. link to story Patriots | Tom Brady a full participant (Thu Oct 23, 06:09 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 23, after being limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Patriots | Tom Brady limiting turnovers (Thu Oct 23, 08:46 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has thrown just two interceptions this year, and both came in the Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Our View: Brady went 7-of-32 on passes thrown at least 15 yards downfield in his first 4 games this season. Since then he has gone 17-of-25, completing at least 5 attempts in each game.
link to story Patriots | Tom Brady limited during practice (Wed Oct 22, 04:56 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Our View: Brady is a rock solid QB1 matched up against the Bears this week. After starting the season slowly, Brady has bounced back in a big way for the Patriots and his fantasy owners.
link to story Patriots | Tom Brady tosses three TDs (Fri Oct 17, 12:14 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 20 of his 37 pass attempts for 261 yards and three touchdowns in the team's Week 7 game Thursday, Oct. 16. Our View: Brady wasn't sharp, but his receivers made plays for him, and the Jets horrendous coverage allowed for a few easy touchdowns. He is back to being a low QB1 entering his matchup against the Bears next week.
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