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 Dec 15): Brady did little to nothing in the first half and still had his 10th straight multi-touchdown game. Against the Jets keystone cops pass defense, he won't be nearly as quiet in either half with championships on the line.
General News (Fri Dec 19): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.
General News (Thu Dec 18): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 17): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 16: at New York Jets
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This is an AFC East grudge match, so season records aren't really relevant - the Jets and the Patriots play each other tough every time they clash. Their last meeting was in Week Seven, when the Patriots prevailed 27-25 by blocking a last-second field-goal attempt by the Jets. Tom Brady bombed New York with 20/37 for 261 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions with one sack for -1 yards, finding Danny Amendola (three for 1/19/1 receiving) and Shane Vereen (eight for 5/72/2 receiving) for the TD catches. Since Week Seven the Patriots have won six and lost one game thanks to Brady's prowess as a passer - last week, New England threw 21/35 for 287 yards passing, two TDs and one interception against the Dolphins. Rob Gronkowski (eight targets for 3/96/1 receiving), Julian Edelman (10 for 7/88/1) and Brandon LaFell (eight for 6/66/0) combined to handle most of the targets from Brady last week. The Jets' pass D is ranked 20th in the NFL averaging 242.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with 29 passing scores given up vs. a mere five interceptions and 34 sacks generated (tied for next-to-last in the NFL and 13th in the NFL, respectively). Last week, Tennessee managed 16/35 for 253 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with one sack taken for -7 yards. This is a good matchup for the Patriots despite being on the road to MetLife Stadium.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs GB (22 / 35 / 245 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The box score may not show it, but this was arguably Tom Brady's worst game in several weeks, though much of it wasn't his fault. Pressured with regularity on the day, especially up the middle, Brady missed several throws he would have normally made. An odd gameplan also ensured he was chucking the ball much more than the Patriots backs ran the ball even though the run game did have success. One of his favorite targets, Julian Edelman, was also gimpy for much of the game with an injured thigh. Regardless, the pressure did get to Brady at times, as on several plays he threw balls when he had a bit more time to spare, causing off target passes. The only target Brady connected with for meaningful gains with regularity was Rob Gronkowski. Brady did have two touchdowns, both to Brandon LaFell. The first was a great route by LaFell, who faked inside then cut outside, giving plenty of separation for a short touchdown. The second touchdown was a good show between QB and WR, a 15 yard back shoulder toss that Brady helped out with a shoulder fake to the middle of the field to buy more time. Brady could have also had a third touchdown to Rob Gronkowski, who barely dropped a ball in the end zone after a great play by a Packers defender to break up the play. Brady also had moments where he avoided pressure well, particularly when it came from the outside. His ability to step up in the pocket is markedly difference from moving away from pressure up the gut, and his lone toss to Michael Hoomanawanui was a prime example of good pocket movement. Give credit to the Packers defense - they made life tough for Brady and his line, and his day could have been better as a result.
2014 Week 14 vs SD (28 / 44 / 317 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)
For the second week in a row, Tom Brady struggled here and there, mostly because of subpar pass protection. In particular, Melvin Ingram was dominating the Patriots offensive line, with Nate Solder giving up a little too much in the pressure department. Still, Brady himself mixed in the good with the bad. The worst was easily some of the decisions he made, the most egregious being the interception he threw in the end zone in the area of Rob Gronkowski. On the play, Brady was pressured a bit, but got off his mechanics and threw flat-footed with his momentum going backwards. He severely underthrew Gronkowski, and a Chargers defender made an easy interception. Probably a throw that shouldn't have been made, but the throw itself was awful as well. Brady also had two other near picks in the end zone on poor decisions, and at times 'phantom pressure' showed up as one could tell Brady was uncomfortable in the pocket for much of the game. However, there was some good. On two plays, Brady scrambled for critical first downs, including a solid pump fake to freeze a defender who would have surely tackled him before the first down. Brady's first touchdown to Rob Gronkowski was a laser that was simply taking advantage of a mismatch, as Gronk had a cornerback who was a good 9 inches shorter covering him. Brady placed the ball well, and it ended up as a simple pitch and catch. Brady's second touchdown was a long one to Julian Edelman, but the play was mostly Edelman, who speared a high throw and dodged two defenders while racing to the end zone. Game planning dictated a pass heavy game, and Brady responded reasonably given the circumstances minus a few choices bad decisions. Credit should also be given to the Patriots defense, who bailed out a stagnant Patriots offensive for almost the entire game, limiting the Chargers offense to just 7 points.
2014 Week 15 vs MIA (21 / 35 / 287 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
A tale of two halves for Brady and the Patriots offense, as their only points of the first half were off a short field interception. In fact, defense and special teams helped the offense out immensely, as field position was often great thanks to turnovers or the field position battle. Brady's day as a whole was reasonable given the circumstances, though he had a mere 70 yards after the first half along with his interception. The interception seemed to be a case of simply not seeing a defender, as the defender was engaged with a lineman then peeled off to bat the ball in the air and come down with a pick. Most of the credit should be given to the defender with a heady play, but also a ball Brady should have thrown a bit higher or pump faked on, assuming he saw the defender. Besides touchdowns, Brady did have a couple key plays, the most notable being his 17 yard scramble on a 3rd and 11. Even though Brady has the speed of a cement truck, he still managed to juke a defender, then plowed into another with his shoulder instead of sliding. It was definitely a momentum changer, as the Patriots went on to score a touchdown soon after and never let off the gas. Brady attempted a couple deep shots, but overthrew one to Brian Tyms and underthrew one to Gronk. Both had a step on their defenders, and his numbers would have looked a lot gaudier had they been connections. He was also a victim of a couple blatant drops by Julian Edelman and Michael Hoomanawanui. Brady's first touchdown was probably his best throw of the day, a laser to Rob Gronkowski placed perfectly between two defenders as Brady was about to get blasted by Jared Odrick. Gronk ran a simple go route up the seam, but the rest was Brady. Brady's second touchdown was off play action to Julian Edelman, who beat his defender 1 on 1 with an out route. Pass protection was decent on the day, though the line did allow plenty of pressure, it held steady in several other instances.
Latest NewsPatriots | Tom Brady ready to go (Fri Dec 19, 05:16 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Dec. 19, and is probable for Week 16 against the New York Jets. link to story Patriots | Full practice for Tom Brady (Thu Dec 18, 05:02 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 18. Our View: OH NO BRADY HURT HIS UGGS. Despite the 'injury' Brady isn't likely to be hampered against a poor Jets secondary and a team which is in disarray. Brady should have a very good QB1 day and is a great start for any fantasy team.
link to story Patriots | Tom Brady a full go (Wed Dec 17, 04:28 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. link to story Patriots | Tom Brady shaky vs. Miami (Sun Dec 14, 02:19 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has not been at his best versus the Miami Dolphins in recent years. Since a monster 2011 Week 1 game, in which he threw for 517 yards and four touchdowns, Brady has thrown more than one touchdown pass just twice in six outings and has not topped 300 yards in four of those games. Our View: The Dolphins have a good pass rush and poor run defense, so the Patriots are likely to run a lot today. Still, Brady is a top 8-10 QB option in any scenario and deserves trust over options that haven't had nine straight games with multiple passing touchdowns.
Patriots | Tom Brady expected to play (Fri Dec 12, 05:56 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 15. link to story More News
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