QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots
|6-4, 210||Born: 8-3-1977||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2000|
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General News (Mon Jan 20): CBSSports' Jason La Canfora reports that Tom Brady appears unlikely to agree to a new contract with the team before free agency begins in mid-March, according to multiple sources. La Canfora added "It would be extremely surprising if Brady were to agree to any new pact with the Patriots prior to the start of free agency in March, I'm told, and while his process could still result in a return to New England it is far from certain at this point. Brady intends to take a methodical approach to his first foray into free agency, as, at age 42, this will be the final contract of his playing career."
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Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 18 vs TEN (20 / 37 / 209 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The box score won't show it, but this wasn't a bad game from Tom Brady. It was instead a dud from a weapons standpoint combined with awkward playcalling and bad execution. As an example, the Pats had the ball at the 1 yard line of the Titans, ran it 3 straight times and got stuffed mightily on all 3 plays. On another 3rd and 1, they tried a fullback sneak with a linebacker. It didn't work. Brady's receivers also suffered from the usual complement of drops and lack of separation against a beatable defense. Much of Brady's yardage came on screens including two chunk screens to James White and Rex Burkhead. The offensive line wasn't bad, as there were several instances Brady had time to throw. With that said, after his elbow injury midway through the season, his stats did drop off and his accuracy was clearly affected. His pick six wasn't truly on him, as it was the last play of the game and a desperation hook-and-ladder attempt at the start. Bottom line - the Pats offense was bad all year, and if Brady is back in New England, he will need better talent around him to avoid being a miserable offense once again.
2019 Week 17 vs MIA (16 / 29 / 221 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Unfortunately for the Patriots, Tom Brady decided to save his worst performance of the year in the game that may have mattered most - against the lowly Dolphins. He had his worst game from an on-target standpoint, generally missing throws up and down and side to side, and it wasn't because of pressure. Perhaps his elbow was bothering him, but it was an unacceptable performance for a playoff quarterback. The game started off poorly, with an overthrow on a long comeback route to Philip Dorsett. The worst throw by far was a pick 6 on a duck that was in between two receivers, a basic layup for any defensive player. Brady also missed scores with bad throws on a 2nd and 3rd and goal sequence that should have been touchdowns. Not all was his fault, as his receivers had their usual fill or drops and bonehead plays. His two touchdowns were more receiver than his doing. The first was a throw to Elandon Roberts of all people, who lined up at fullback and went out in the flat after initially blocking. No defender bothered to cover him, and he simply ran from deep for a score. His second was a screen to James White, and Patriots linemen blocked well for White on the score. Bottom line - if Brady plays like this in the playoffs, the Pats will be one and done.
2019 Week 16 vs BUF (26 / 33 / 271 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
It took til Week 16 for the Pats to have a good offensive performance in all phases. Surprisingly, it was against the Bills, who let up their worst defensive day from an efficiency standpoint against the Pats. This was easily one of Tom Brady's best games this year, as he was on target with smart decisions. Protection was so-so, but he managed to make it work. His lone touchdown was a play action pass to Matt LaCosee in 1 on 1 coverage with a nice catch by the tight end. Perhaps Brady's best play was a slick pocket move to set up Julian Edelman's two point conversion. The main downside of the day for the offense was not converting touchdowns, instead settling for field goals. It's just one game, but it was a step in the right direction against a playoff team.
2019 Week 15 vs CIN (15 / 29 / 128 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
When your defense has 5 takeaways including a pick six, you may not need to do a ton on offense. That was exactly the case against the Bengals, as the Pats pretty much had the game wrapped up by the end of the 3rd quarter. Tom Brady once again wasn't anything special - only 29 attempts, but didn't even top 130 yards on an inefficient day. He airmailed several throws including a would be-touchdown to Mohamed Sanu, and with Julian Edelman clearly hurting, he really didn't have many places to go with the football. His first touchdown was a simple screen pass to James White, and the Bengals simply didn't have enough defenders who read the play correctly. His second was a strike to NKeal Harry, and for once, Brady had all day to throw. He sat in the pocket for about 6 seconds before Harry broke free. Against a better team, the passing game will still need much more than it showed.
2019 Week 14 vs KC (19 / 36 / 169 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)
When it's 14 weeks in and your offense hasn't improved, it's a bad sign. Against a team that Tom Brady put up 43 points against less than a year ago, the Patriots mustered up a measly 16 points against the Chiefs in Week 14. Of course, that total should have been more with the referees absolutely jobbing the Patriots out of two touchdowns, but that's life in the NFL these days. For his part, Tom Brady was his usual 2019 self - inconsistent and uninspiring with no help from his supporting cast. He was under far more pressure than usual which didn't help, and the running game did absolutely nothing as the offensive line got dominated by the Chiefs run defense. Brady's lone touchdown was on a flea flicker early in the first quarter, a pure function of creativity by OC Josh McDaniels. He should have had a second touchdown to N'Keal Harry on a nice RAC play, but the officials ruled the play out of bounds for some reason and the Patriots couldn't challenge. On replay, it was blatantly clear Harry was in bounds and scored a touchdown. Brady also had his usual smattering of bad throws, one which resulted in a pick on an absolute duck of a throw. We're at the point where there's no clear fix in sight for this offense.
2019 Week 13 vs HOU (24 / 47 / 326 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
Don't let the stat line fool you - once again, this was a bad Patriots offense who couldn't get it done against a beatable defense. Tom Brady was off on several throws - high on some like on a would-be touchdown to Phillip Dorsett, low on others. It wasn't all on him - receivers not getting separation is a big issue, as often he simply had nothing to throw to. The game plan was also an odd one - after the first drive which had good success on the ground, the Pats started throwing the ball way too often. Yes, Houston came out to defend the run a bit more, but the Pats have countered that in the past easily with formations, no huddle, etc. Brady's first touchdown to James White was on a swing/wheel route, and his second was on an improvised scramble as the pocket broke down. His touchdown to Julian Edelman was on a semi-broken play by the defense, as Edelman ran right by his defender. It also seems the coaching staff felt Brady's interception was NKeal Harry's fault, as he let his defender outmuscle him on a slant route. Still, as is par now, Brady almost tossed one or two more that should have been picks. This is an offense that isn't going to be fixed easily - between bad separation and inconsistent QB play, games where opposing offenses can put up points are going to be big issues.
2019 Week 12 vs DAL (17 / 37 / 190 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
This week, bad wind was combined with sideways rain, but the Patriots offense once again couldn't muster much and was led by its defense and special teams. It was also yet another tale of good and not so good for Tom Brady. The good was demonstrated in plays like a great 3rd and 20 conversion to Julian Edelman where Brady made a nice slide move in the pocket to fire the throw in to his receiver. The good was also on the lone touchdown of the day, a back shoulder throw to NKeal Harry, though the receiver made an outstanding grab for the score. The not so good was a ridiculous throw while being sacked that could have easily turned into disaster, and several off target throws, such as a potential missed TD on a throw behind Ben Watson. It's worth saying again, though - weather played a factor here, as did the injured receiving corps. This is the time of year when the Pats generally kick into gear, but this year might be a bit different.
2019 Week 11 vs PHI (26 / 47 / 216 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Another mediocre day for the Patriots offense and Tom Brady, as they've displayed mediocrity throughout the season for the most part. Luckily for them, the defense held the Eagles to 10 points. The gameplan called for a pass heavy script, which made some sense given the Eagles' stout run front, but Brady's 4.6 yards per attempt was about right in line with the eye test. The windy conditions may have played a factor in his inaccuracy, but he missed several throws and nearly threw picks on a few occasions, including a blatantly bad throw and oversight in the end zone. Another instance was a bad overthrow on a simple screen pass that was nearly picked. Pass protection was fine, as this was more a case of him playing poorly and no run game to speak of. With that said, the return of N'Keal Harry should help some, and getting Isaiah Wynn back should hopefully materially change protection. If not, this is a team that will need to continue to rely on defense and special teams to win games.
2019 Week 9 vs BAL (30 / 46 / 285 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Another uneven day for Tom Brady, who went through a hot spell in the middle of the game but could not overcome a Ravens team that was better all around on the day. Miscues did the team no favors, and the run game was ineffective and put in a bad spot due to game script. As a result, the entire offense was Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu, who had 20 of Brady's 30 completions. Brady had several off throws, including two airmailed throws early and two near interceptions later in the game. Brady's lone touchdown was on a short pick play that went to Mohamed Sanu, while his interception was a bad throw combined with an arm punt on a deep shot that was nowhere near his intended target. The offensive line wasn't terrible - as aforementioned, the Pats were just beat in every phase of the game. Hopefully the line and lack of weaponry don't become a trend.
2019 Week 8 vs CLE (20 / 36 / 259 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Another decent day for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense made to look better by the defense. The offense started and finished well, but had a chunk in the middle of the game where they could not get anything going. As usual, that included some offensive line missteps and one misstep from Brady that should have been an interception. With Josh Gordon gone and playing in the rain, Brady naturally focused in on Julian Edelman, who was the only consistent offensive player for the Pats. The first touchdown connection between the two was Edelman beating one on one coverage on a slant route in the middle of the field. Nothing crazy, just a touchdown with good time in pocket. The second was a great move and throw by Brady, who slide to avoid a sack in the pocket and threw a dart to Edelman while on the run. You could call it Russell Wilson-esque if Brady was...quicker. Beyond that, 59 of his 259 yards came on a screen to James White, and there wasn't much else in the "wow" column. Another day with a so-so offense and a worldbeating defense.
2019 Week 7 vs NYJ (31 / 45 / 249 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Another cruise control game for Tom Brady, who wasn't asked to do much with the Patriots defense absolutely destroying the Jets offense. The first half was full of quick passes and easy outs for Brady, who managed through another patchwork offensive line. There was a lull in the second half, but it was tough to not score given the field position and turnover battle. Brady's lone touchdown was a deep pass to Phillip Dorsett on a nice sluggo route by the wide receiver. Even though Sony Michel scored 3 short touchdowns, Brady didn't bother with any sneaks. His interception was due to a hit-as-he-threw play, so it wasn't a terrible decision or anything like that. Beyond that, it was tough to really criticize anything simply because of game script and flow. That will change with the schedule suddenly getting tough overnight for the next 6 weeks.
2019 Week 6 vs NYG (31 / 41 / 334 / 0 / 1 pass, 7 / 6 / 2 rush)
Not a great first half for Tom Brady, but the offense turned it around in the second half, and Tom Brady got two scores the unconventional way. Both his touchdowns were sneak touchdowns from a yard out, something he may be the greatest of all time at. There was plenty of pressure and inaccuracy in the first quarter and a half, but some of that was fixed with quicker throws and better protection. Similar to last week, it seemed some of the pressure/sacks were Brady holding the ball too long, which is something he normally doesn't do. It's also worth noting the Patriots were dealing with a myriad of injuries - offensive line, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Rex Burkhead, both fullbacks, and more. With Gordon hurt, Brady relied on Julian Edelman as per usual, with a smattering of other skill players thrown in evenly. Brady did have two turnovers which would have been a killer against better teams - one was a bad interception, and one was a strip sack fumble that was returned for a touchdown. His interception was a bad overthrow of Julian Edelman on a laser throw deep ball, so it was more throw and less bad decision. The Patriots defense and special teams contributed 14 points by themselves, which also helped ice the game. More work to be done for sure, especially if injuries take their toll.
2019 Week 5 vs WAS (28 / 42 / 348 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
While it wasn't all roses, Tom Brady was expectedly better against the Redskins than he was against the Bills. He tossed three touchdowns. His first was a shorter toss to Julian Edelman who simply beat zone coverage in the middle of the field. Nothing fancy about it, just a proper read of zone defense by Edelman. The second was a deep pass to Brandon Bolden of all people on a nice throw and catch. The third touchdown was an easy touchdown to Ryan Izzo, who was so wide open that you or I could†have celebrated our first NFL touchdown. There wasn't a defender within several yards of him and it was a play from the 10 yard line, so credit a good playcall and terrible defense. Things were slightly less rosy with Brady's second end zone interception in as many weeks, an absolutely wretched decision and throw off his back foot into coverage. No excuses for this one, it was bad. The other blemish for Brady was the number of sacks taken. While the offensive line certainly had its downs, Brady was holding onto the ball too long on a couple of the sacks, something you almost never see from him. Perhaps his mojo was off or he still needs time to gel with his new line, but it could be an issue against more formidable defenses.
2019 Week 4 vs BUF (18 / 39 / 150 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Brate made a tough contested catch up the seam on the first drive of the game. He caught an out route for a solid gain late in the 3rd quarter. Brate found the end zone at the end of the same drive, running one of his signature seam routes and making a tough contested catch. Brate hasn't generated much in the way of stats, but he's found the end zone three times this season, which is three more than OJ Howard has accounted for.
2019 Week 3 vs NYJ (28 / 42 / 306 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Make that 3 weeks of blowouts for Tom Brady and the Pats, who cruised to another multiple score win. This week was without Antonio Brown, and hopefully that's the last time he takes focus over the actual team. Brady was also without James White for the whole game, Julian Edelman for over a half, and Josh Gordon for bits of the game. There honestly wasn't a ton of trouble for Brady this game despite that, as the offensive line did its job despite definite pressure on a handful of plays. Brady's first touchdown was a crossing route to Phillip Dorsett off play action, and it's clear Dorsett is carving out a definite role for himself in this offense despite being a forgotten man this offseason. Brady's second touchdown was an out route to Julian Edelman. Brady was under pressure on the toss, so it was a nice play by the star QB. Brady and Josh Gordon also narrowly missed out on a fade touchdown that was later converted by the ground game. The first real test of the season will likely come next week against Buffalo, another team off to a hot start.
2019 Week 2 vs MIA (20 / 28 / 264 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 1 rush)
In what would be doing the word "annihilation" a disservice, the Patriots...annihilated...the Dolphins in a complete team effort. It took a mere 28 pass attempts for Tom Brady, including several with the game well in hand in the 4th quarter, to put up 264 yards and 3 total touchdowns. While it was easy sailing against a team like the Dolphins, it is important to note Brady's offensive line was hit with a number of injuries during the game, which could have ramifications against a more competitive defensive front. That said, early going, the name of the game was getting Antonio Brown involved, with a number of purposeful throws in his direction. Some timing was off, but some throws were on target, including the touchdown on a short go route from about 20 yards out. Brady's other touchdown was late in the game on a screen to James White that looked like there were no defenders within a country mile of the play. Brady also had an easy sneak for a short touchdown, something he usually converts anyways. It was tough to take much away in such an uncompetitive game, but again, the weapons and OL bear watching going forward.
2019 Week 1 vs PIT (24 / 36 / 341 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It's as if the offseason didn't happen. Tom Brady didn't miss a beat, spreading the ball around the different receivers and throwing at various depths of the field. The Patriots used several different formations, including more 2 RB sets than normal, thanks to James White and Rex Burkhead. There was a bit of rust at the start, including a couple underthrows and overthrows, but that soon changed with some nice throws, including his absolute dime touchdown to Philip Dorsett. Dorsett ran a go route, and Brady looked off the safety and placed the ball well for his receiver. Dorsett's second touchdown was another long one where he simply ran past zone coverage in what was debatably either really shoddy or a blown assignment. Blown/bad coverage helped on more than that play, as the Steelers defense simply didn't compete on several plays. Brady's first touchdown was a crossing route to Josh Gordon, who broke a tackle on his way to the end zone. Obviously, it elicited a huge roar from the crowd. It's been the same old for the GOAT for years - more of the usual dominance we've seen with no signs of slowing down.
Latest NewsPatriots | Tom Brady expected to test free agency waters (Sun Jan 19, 11:46 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady appears unlikely to agree to a new contract with the team before free agency begins in mid-March, according to multiple sources. Our View: Brady is set to be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins as he cannot be franchise-tagged by the Patriots. We've seen it before with guys like Joe Montana and Peyton Manning, so Brady may just be the next superstar quarterback to change teams late in his career. He is expected to take a methodical approach to determine where he will play next season, since this is the first time in his career that he will be eligible for free agency.
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