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QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots

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

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General News (Wed Jan 31): said his hand is "not quite where I want to be" as part of comments made Tuesday, Jan. 30. Brady continues to wear a glove on his throwing hand.

General News (Mon Jan 29): had the stitches in his throwing hand removed earlier this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

General News (Tue Jan 23): mentioned he was getting the 12 stitches on his hand removed in the coming days. "And at that point, again, because I was fortunate not to tear any ligaments or anything like that - there was no broken bones - that was obviously the best news I could ever hear based on what you thought it could be," he said. "It ended up being a lot of good luck after, I'd say, a pretty unlucky injury. It turned out to be a lot good luck it wasn't more serious than it was."

Week 21: at Philadelphia Eagles

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Patriots at this point are a known commodity at this point with Tom Brady. The Patriots boast a highly effective offense that can beat you in so many ways. The Patriots can beat you with their running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. This causes the Patriots to be extremely dangerous as there is no way to stop them it is only to contain them. Whether it is Dion Lewis or James White out of the background, Danny Amendola or Brandin Cooks as wide receivers or Rob Gronkowski at the tight end position. The Patriots have given Tom Brady so many options that everything is set up in their passing game. The one weakness the Patriots have is that their offensive line is banged up. Laadrian Waddle has really struggled at right tackle and Nate Solder has struggled at left tackle which could cause the Patriots issues if the Eagles are able to get pressure. The Eagles secondary is one that has improved throughout the season and a big part of that has been Jalen Mills. Mills who is a second-round draft pick struggled early on this season but has really picked his game up to go alongside Ronald Darby on the outside and Patrick Robinson out of the slot. The Patriots are going to have to try to find mismatches in this Eagles secondary and Eagles match up very well against the Patriots as Patrick Robinson is the best cornerback on the Eagles and he will be matched up against Danny Amendola who has largely been the best receiver in the playoffs this season. The Patriots may try to expose the Eagles is through the running backs as the Eagles have struggled against receiving tight ends as they allowed 6 receptions for 41 yards per game on the season which was league average in terms of points allowed to running backs on the season. The one area that the Eagles should struggle with the most in this game is with Rob Gronkowski as the Eagles have struggled against elite tight ends. Travis Kelce and Evan Engram who are the two best tight ends that the Eagles have faced both went for 80+ yards this season so if there is one weakness this is likely the weakness that the Patriots will have to take advantage of.

Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs NYJ 80 18 37 190 2 0 0 0 0 0 17.5
19 vs TEN 78 35 53 337 3 0 1 2 0 0 29.05
20 vs JAX 0 26 38 290 2 0 5 0 0 0 22.5
21 at PHI 76 28 48 505 3 0 1 6 0 1 36.85
21 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 24 37 * * * 1 * * * *
21 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 24 37 * * * 2 * * * *
21 at PHI PROJ-Bloom * 28 39 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 20 vs JAX (26 / 38 / 290 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 0 / 0 rush)

Another day, another Super Bowl appearance for the best ever. Despite the hand injury, despite a ferocious defense, despite the loss of Gronk, Tom Brady and the Pats still found a way to stage a comeback and move onto the ultimate game. His second throw of the game was a deep strike to Brandin Cooks for 31 yards, a sign his hand might be in decent shape. Another early throw was a spectacular 4th down lob to Danny Amendola for a first down conversion. The pass rush was especially fierce in the first half, but as usual, halftime adjustments seemed to work in favor of the Pats, who buckled down in the second half. Brady's first touchdown was a shallow crossing route by Danny Amendola, set up by a nice flood of receivers from one side. The second was an amazing tiptoe catch by Amendola once again in the back of the end zone. The team also had a couple deep P.I. calls, though there were throws Brady missed as well. Still, given the circumstances, it was a stellar performance.

2017 Week 19 vs TEN (35 / 53 / 337 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

After struggling through the regular season, Tom Brady turned in a great performance against an overmatched Titans squad. The first quarter saw some mild rust, but it was game on after that. Brady's first touchdown was a shovel pass to James White that simply utilized White's speed and good blocking. His second was a short pass to Chris Hogan who ran a semi-slant route from the inside slot. Credit the gameplan with the formation on a 4 wide set, as Tennessee defenders were a step behind with the initial look. His last touchdown was a lob to Gronk, and Gronk simply outmanned his defender, which is nothing new. Brady's biggest miss was to Brandin Cooks on a deep throw that could have put him over the 400 yard passing mark, but given the conditions at the stadium, perhaps the cold and wind came into play. His best play was easily a scrambling cross-body throw across the field to Danny Amendola, something you simply don't see from an elder statesmen like Brady. He will have a MUCH tougher test against Jacksonville next week, but if he can repeat this performance, look out.

2017 Week 17 vs NYJ (18 / 37 / 190 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Tom Brady capped an MVP-caliber season with an easy win over an uninterested New York Jet defense. New England's offense opted to play 'full tilt' in the first half while methodically calling plays in the second half. During the first quarter, Brady took turns playing pitch-and-catch with Danny Amendola, Brandin Cooks, and Dion Lewis. In fact, Brady hit Amendola on a key fourth down to extend a drive that culminated with a 3-yard touchdown run by Lewis. In the second quarter, Brady delivered touchdown strikes to Cooks and Lewis. Midway through the second quarter, Brady hit Cooks on a post route for a 5-yard touchdown. Brady and Cooks benefitted from some good fortune as Buster Skrine and Mo Claiborne collided on the play, leaving Cooks uncovered. Late in the second quarter, Brady hit Lewis on a shallow crossing route for a 5-yard score. On the touchdown strike, Brady waited for Lewis to streak across the line of scrimmage before hitting him in stride and allowing him to use his speed to beat a defender to the pylon. New England held a 21-3 lead at halftime and orchestrated a very conservative second half game plan.

2017 Week 16 vs BUF (21 / 28 / 224 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

Tom Brady struggled for much of the game against Buffalo. Brady threw an interception intended for Kenny Britt that was undercut by Safety Jordan Poyer. Brady was late on the throw as he scanned back to the middle of the field off his first read, allowing Poyer to undercut the throw. Brady also missed a big play to Brandin Cooks on a go route. Cooks beat Tre'Davious White on a go route, and Brady overthrew him. He also threw behind Rob Gronkowski on a slant route. Brady was also to convert two touchdowns, the first a back-shoulder throw to Gronkowski who made a highlight catch, and the second, a screen to Dion Lewis. Both scores were more the work of his receivers than Brady himself. Brady could have had a third touchdown but Gronkowski was interfered with in the end zone, which set up a rushing touchdown.

2017 Week 15 vs PIT (22 / 35 / 298 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

It wasn't the prettiest of days, but Tom Brady found a way to get it done, thanks in large part to Rob Gronkowski. Coming out hot, Brady and the Pats offense eventually played their way to an up and down day. There was plenty of pressure, a couple terrible decisions by Brady, and more. Brady's pick was that of the terrible decision variety, as he just chucked a pass up for grabs under pressure. The defense came away with a fairly easy pick with no Patriot in the immediate vicinity, continuing the theme of the questionable Brady interception here and there. There were also a few plays where Brady missed a few wide open players period as he locked onto other receivers, a rarity for the star quarterback. On the flip side, Brady's touchdown to Brandin Cooks was a thing of beauty, as he stepped up in the pocket and fired a pass with a small window to operate. Pittsburgh did have a couple extended drives, including a 9 minute drive and a 7+ minute drive, as they dominated time of possession by 10 minutes, which led to Brady's lack of volume. Regardless, going into Pittsburgh and winning is no easy task, and the Pats managed to do it by the hair of their teeth.

2017 Week 14 vs MIA (24 / 43 / 233 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

It was an ugly, ugly day for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. Brady absolutely did not help the cause, throwing a host of totally off-target passes, getting rattled in the pocket, making poor decisions, and more. His two interceptions were bad underthrows, an oddity considering how well he's thrown the deep ball this year. Brady started off the game poorly, underthrowing several balls, and it went out of control from there. The Patriots didn't convert a single third down, which is history in the bad way for Brady. The line was constantly caving in as well, though even when he had time, Brady was off. His lone score was a short play action toss to James White in the flat. In fact, running backs were a theme on the day, as Brady completed most of his passes to backs instead of wide receivers due to limited time and great coverage on many plays. Rob Gronkowski's absence was also very noticeable, as without him and Julian Edelman, Brady barely threw to the middle of the field. There wasn't much else to say about the performance other than it was abysmal, but maybe it was a 'get it out of the system' kind of game. Unless the Achilles injury bothers him, he should be back to form soon.

2017 Week 13 vs BUF (21 / 30 / 258 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

In what you could call a rarity, Tom Brady didn't need to do much against the Bills. That is because the run game and defense dominated the day. In fact, Brady didn't throw a single touchdown, and beyond his connection with Gronk, most passes were shorter gains. The two plays that will stick out from this game for most people were lowlights for Brady. One, he missed Brandin Cooks on a deep throw, but had other receivers open. That resulted in a screaming match on the sideline between Brady and his offensive coordinator, but that doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things. Brady's interception was the other big play, as he underthrew Gronk on a deeper route. However, Gronk delivered a late hit to the defender after the play, and there's a chance he's suspended for the shot. Beyond that, protection was adequate against Buffalo, and Brady may have bigger days going forward.

2017 Week 12 vs MIA (18 / 28 / 227 / 4 / 1 pass, 5 / -4 / 0 rush)

Brady opened with two incompletions to Rob Gronkowski, so the team called a fake punt that worked to keep the drive going. Brady then hit Phillip Dorsett all alone downfield, which set up the first score of the day on a Rex Burkhead carry. Brady moved well in the pocket despite his achilles issue coming up earlier in the week. He drove the team down the field easily, keying on Gronkowski to get into the red zone, and then going back to him for the second score of the day. A botched snap led to a Miami defensive score, but Brady bounced back quickly, with some help from defensive penalties and then Brandin Cooks getting open easily downfield. A quick flip to Burkhead finished off the third scoring drive. Brady was picked on a downfield throw to a well-covered Danny Amendola near the end of the first half, but recovered for another easy scoring drive to open the second half, mostly on the back of Dion Lewis, with a pass to Gronkowski as the finisher. The last score of the day was also on the back of Lewis's runs, but finished by Brady on a short flip to Cooks on what was basically a jet sweep.

2017 Week 11 vs OAK (30 / 37 / 339 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Another week, another dynamic performance by the ageless Tom Brady. Brady masterfully picked apart an overmatched Oakland secondary that started safety, Obi Melifonwu at left corner. New England played high-tempo from the start as Brady completed his first 12 pass attempts, culminating with a 15-yard touchdown strike to Dion Lewis on an option route. Lewis made the first defender miss before accelerating and 'corkscrewing' into the end zone. Overall, the game plan revolved around using speed and agility to win against Oakland's bigger corners and linebackers--and that game plan was executed perfectly. Brady targeted Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola on half of his pass attempts--and this dynamic duo had no problems winning. In the second quarter, Brady hit Amendola for a 5-yard touchdown on a crossing route in the back of the end zone. The pocket broke down, but Brady stepped up, and found a streaking Amendola in the back of the end zone. This scoring play gave New England a 14-0 advantage. While Amendola was a fixture over the middle of the field, Cooks brought a big play element. Brady and Cooks hooked up for two 50-yard plays, which included a 64-yard touchdown against Melifonwu, who was playing corner without safety help. Cooks also had a 52-yard gain on a deep seam route where he literally ran by double coverage and caught Brady's strike in-stride. Brady completed passes to all three tight ends, but the smaller, shifty receivers were the focal point of the attack.

2017 Week 10 vs DEN (25 / 34 / 266 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

With good protection, complementary defensive and special teams plays, and all-around success, Tom Brady had it easy against the Broncos, something which almost never happens. Brady never really needed to put his foot on the gas, as the Patriots ran away with the game from the start, sporting a 27-9 lead at halftime. Brady was efficient, especially when targeting Broncos linebackers in coverage, a matchup he exploited continually. Over half his completions went to backs or tight ends, as he took what the defense gave him. His first touchdown was to Rex Burkhead, who beat a defender on a slant route that he first sold like an out route. His second was an 11 yard out route to Dwayne Allen on a play that was actually Allen's first catch of the season. His final touchdown was an easy one to James White thanks to some great juking by the running back. The Pats did do a better job of converting in the red zone, something that has been underwhelming this year. Brady could have also had a fourth touchdown to Rob Gronkowski, but the play was called incomplete when it likely shouldn't have been. All in all, this is the type of performance Brady wants clean, efficient, and not too high stress.

2017 Week 8 vs LAC (32 / 47 / 333 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Though he played well, Tom Brady's biggest blemish may have been converting in the red zone. The Patriots were able to move the ball fairly well, but should have had many more points considering they attempted 6 field goals. The defense also aided the efforts, as 21 points is less than usual for the Patriots. Brady's sole touchdown was an easy cross route to Rob Gronkowski off play action. Play action was actually something the Pats ran a ton of and with good success, which was worth noting considering the running game wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire. Many of Brady's passes were checkdowns or plays to running backs in fact, backs had 14 of Brady's 32 completions. There were a couple missed connections here and there, but nothing huge from Brady's department, which is a nice sign after an egregious throw or so per game as of late.

2017 Week 7 vs ATL (21 / 29 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 5 / 0 rush)

With the Falcons not playing their best football and the Patriots starting to gel, Tom Brady was able to get a fairly uneventful win, and actually went into clock killing mode for much of the 4th quarter. As a result, he didn't rack up insane stats, but still played relatively well. Of note is that Brady once again had one terrible decision that should have cost the team, something that seems to be happening once or twice per game. Brady chucked up a deep ball into double coverage, had it picked off, but got saved by a roughing the passer call. Had the call not happened, it would have been an end zone interception. Other than that one terrible throw and decision, it was mostly smooth sailing. Protection was up and down, but better than in some of the early season weeks. Brady's first touchdown to Brandin Cooks wasn't really a 'pass' - Cooks ran a sweep, and Brady literally dropped the ball into Cooks's hands, who proceeded to run the ball into the end zone behind some good blocking. But in the stat sheet, it still counts. His second was much better, as he pump faked right, looked left, and fired to James White for a short score. As has been a theme this year, there were also some intermediate and deep shots and connections, something the offense is clearly building around. All in all, attempting 29 passes and winning convincingly sounds good to the Patriots.

2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (20 / 38 / 257 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Tom Brady was finally afforded better pass protection than in weeks prior, but that didn't show up on the score board. Part of this was actually on Brady's shoulders, who threw a few silly passes, including a terrible interception into double coverage. Brady's intended receiver, Philip Dorsett, was smothered in coverage on the play, and it was a throw no quarterback could have made or should have attempted. Brady also had another throw that should have been picked, but wasn't. Credit where credit is due as well - the Jets played sound defense for the most part, save for a few chunk throws and against Gronk. Interestingly, Brady took a bunch of deep shots on the game, even more so than usual, and connected on a few. One went to Brandin Cooks for 42 yards, while another was a deep pass to Gronk on an out and up route. Brady's other touchdown also went to Gronk, who beat a defender on a short out route for a score. Regardless, a win is a win, the Pats will take it any way they can get it.

2017 Week 5 vs TB (30 / 40 / 303 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Through 5 weeks, Tom Brady has taken more sacks than the entirety of his 2016 season. That fun little stat showed up in spades against a Buccaneers team who had barely sacked anyone on the season, highlighting the abhorrent state of the New England offensive line. Under constant harassment, Brady was not able to put many points on the board, leading his team to one touchdown. He was playing without Rob Gronkowski, who may have done well against Tampa Bay's backup linebackers, but alas, had an injury to deal with. Brady's only touchdown of the day was a short score to Chris Hogan, who has suddenly become a prime red zone target, perhaps due to fairly consistent route running and good cornerback matchups. Brady did fumble once due to a thunderous blindside hit. His interception was one of the worst you'll see from any quarterback, vastly overthrowing his intended receiver with absolutely no pressure in his face. The safety he threw to did make a great catch, but it was no excuse for an ugly throw. Brady also had a couple chunk gains to Brandin Cooks, including a 35 yarder when his receiver beat two cover men. Still, it was a fairly shoddy day for the offense.

2017 Week 4 vs CAR (32 / 45 / 307 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Once again under pressure throughout the day, Tom Brady did well to help guide the offense to 30 points considering the Patriots awful defense once again forced a shootout. Brady did have a couple missed opportunities, but some of his passes, such as his two touchdowns, were great throws. Early in the game, Brady missed Cooks on a potential chunk touchdown, and later underthrew a wide open Dwayne Allen for what would have been a huge gain. However, his first touchdown was a thing of beauty to Chris Hogan. The pass was a pure laser on a short touchdown with pinpoint location that only his receiver could have caught. The second was a 4th down score to Danny Amendola, once again with great location to a receiver in stride. It's clear the bad defense and bad protection from the start of the season are not a mirage, and if that's the case, it might be a long season for Brady.

2017 Week 3 vs HOU (25 / 35 / 378 / 5 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Brady did well against the Texans considering he was under pressure for most of the day. The Texans pass rush clearly got the better of the Patriots offensive line, and vice versa. Still, Brady's stat line was one of his best, for a whopping 5 touchdowns and a big chunk of yardage. That was also in part because the running game couldn't get much going. One of Brady's best plays on the day was a 45 yard deep toss to Brandin Cooks as the quarterback was getting drilled by a defender. His first touchdown was to Rob Gronkowski, who beat a defender 1 on 1 with a short out route, something he's done with regularity over the years. His second was an easy pitch and catch to a wide open Chris Hogan due to busted coverage. Not done, his third touchdown also went to Hogan on busted coverage, this time on a long toss. The final two touchdowns were to Brandin Cooks, who finally broke out for the Pats. The first was a long slant route, and was a pure showcase of Cooks's speed. The second was an insane deep touchdown with time ticking down in the game, with an amazing toe tap and catch by Cooks. Brady's big blemish was a fumble as he was getting sacked, something he no doubt would have liked to have back ñ especially since the Texans returned it for a touchdown. He also nearly lost another as he was getting sacked, and there were a couple plays he didn't have his normal pocket sense. Still, given the amount of pressure he was under, an admirable day.

2017 Week 2 vs NO (30 / 39 / 447 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)

After struggling in Week 1, Tom Brady and the offense looked better against the Saints defense. Brady had over 200 yards in the first quarter alone, and his day could have been a lot bigger had the game turned into a shootout. Brady's first touchdown was a 19 yard lob to Rex Burkhead, who beat a linebacker in coverage. Both the throw and catch were on point. Brady's second touchdown, a 53 yarder to Gronk, was all Gronk, who beat a defender in coverage, then broke a tackle on his way to a spectacular run-after-catch touchdown. Brady's throw was off his back foot, so he did well to throw the pass accurately, though. Brady's final touchdown of the first quarter (and of the day) was off a pick play between Chris Hogan and Philip Dorsett. Dorsett was initially flagged for pass interference, but the refs picked up the flag, ruling the touchdown to Hogan good. There were also a couple other missed opportunities, including a touchdown that went right through Gronk's hands. Still, the performance was much better than Week 1's dismal showing. The key now is health, as plenty of Patriots skill players are already banged up.

2017 Week 1 vs KC (16 / 36 / 267 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

If it seems like it's been years since Tom Brady has played this poorly, you're right. It was clear that the offense missed safety valve Julian Edelman, and Brady showed some serious rust, missing several throws he would normally make. It started with the first throw of the game, when Brady overthrew a wide open Dwayne Allen on a medium length pass. To be fair, there were often times his receivers were blanketed throughout several plays. The 27 points the Patriots put up were also aided by an inordinate amount of Chiefs penalties. Make no mistake the offense did not look good. Brady zero touchdowns could have been different as there were two P.I. instances in the end zone, which gave the running game the scores instead. Danny Amendola was also concussed during the game, which takes away an additional safety blanket for Brady. Going forward, Brady is too good to have more performances like this, but the offense may take some time to gel.


Latest News

Patriots | Tom Brady wants new deal (Wed Apr 18, 07:10 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady would like a new contract before the start of the 2018 season but it is not a pressing issue at this point. Brady is still expected to play next season.

Our View: Keep an eye on this situation. Brady is set to make $14 million each of the next two years and could easily ask for double that money based on his play. He's been underpaid for years and may want to see that rectified as his career winds down.
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Patriots | Tom Brady not a lock for 2018 (Wed Apr 18, 08:29 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady still hasn't committed to playing in 2018, but people close to him believe he'll be back, according to sources. He wants to spend more time with his family, and there are people around him who would rather see him retire, sources said.

Our View: The whole report makes this feel like a non-issue. The headline certainly draws attention and has some Patriots fans worried. We saw no worries here, but the negative buzz coming out of New England about how veterans may be tiring of Bill Belichick's way is interesting to say the least. Brady should play in 2018 and beyond, but fully expect the Patriots to select a quarterback with a premium pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
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Patriots | Pair of NE stars to skip start of offseason (Sun Apr 15, 03:22 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of the team's offseason program Monday, April 16, according to a source.

Our View: Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gronkowski is still considering whether to play in 2018, although he has 'good communication' with the team, according to a source.
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