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QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots

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

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Summary

Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension was denied, so as of now (and depending on whether he decides to take it to court), Brady is out for the first month of the season. We all know that he will return from his suspension and be the starting quarterback, no matter how well Jimmy Garoppolo plays. Further, we know that Brady will continue to put up tremendous and fantastic numbers with the Patriots, especially as they have the same core group of receiving targets for a second straight season. Brady is currently suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season, but is appealing. We don't know how much - if anything - it gets reduced, Even if Brady loses a court case - or decides not to go to court - he's still one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and will give you top quarterback fantasy numbers after he returns. If you draft carefully, you should survive that first stretch. After a rough start last year, Brady put up top ten quarterback numbers the rest of the way. Also keep in mind that Brady is going to come back with a rather sizable chip on his shoulder after all this Ballghazi/Deflategate nonsense. An angry Brady is a productive Brady. (July 28)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 14, 5, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 20, 29
Overall Redraft - 93, 52
QB Dynasty - 14, 8, 13, 13, 14, 18, 21

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2012 NE 16 401 638 4827 34 8 23 32 4
2013 NE 16 380 628 4343 25 11 33 18 0 3
2014 NE 16 374 583 4109 33 9 36 57 0 3
2015 PROJ-Dodds 14 323 515 * * * 25 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 13 319 500 * * * 25 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 13 317 486 * * * 25 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 14 335 518 * * * 34 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 88
QB: 11

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Footballguys Articles

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  Ryan Hester - July 23
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  Sigmund Bloom - July 17
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  Ari Ingel - May 14
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Latest News

Patriots | Tom Brady defends broken phone (Wed Jul 29, 09:19 AM) - Updating previous reports, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady posted on Facebook that he replaced his broken phone with a new one after his attorneys told the NFL 'my actual phone device' would not be investigated. His representatives turned over requested cell phone records and emails, Brady said, and tried to obtain text messages from his old phone.

Our View: Where's Lily from AT&T when you need her? Seriously, just turn over the phone and he might have been able to avoid a suspension. Brady's defenders (and Brady himself) have to realize how bad this looks to destroy part of the evidence. He's popped for four games, and now he'll sue the league to get that suspension reduced, eliminated or delayed.
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Patriots | Tom Brady offers lesser penalty (Wed Jul 29, 01:42 AM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could have had his suspended reduced based on a series of conditions. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL was willing to drop the suspension by 'at least 50 percent' if Brady admitted to having knowledge of what the team's staff was doing to footballs, he admitted to failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation and he apologized.

Our View: Brady continues to declare his innocence in this whole debacle, and he hasn't exactly cooperated 100 percent in the investigation. Now, we'll see if legal action can get his suspension delayed, eliminated or reduced. The general feeling is that most judges are going to rule against something that has been collectively bargained for. Thus, Brady's four-game ban might stick.
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Patriots | NE still wins without Tom Brady (Tue Jul 28, 05:07 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is facing a four-game suspension, but the Patriots have done fairly well without him. In games Brady has missed since he became a starter in 2001, New England has gone 10-5. They have averaged about two fewer points per game and about 27 fewer passing yards per game. However, their rushing yards have increased from 115.7 yards per game to 143.5 yards per game. Their total yards per game have actually increased as well from 366.8 yards per game to 367.3 yards per game.

Our View: We'll see what second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo can do as the team's starter over the first month of the season. The Patriots have LeGarrette Blount as their lead back, but he's suspended the first game of the season. Looking over the schedule, the Patriots may start the season 1-3 before Brady is eligible to return.
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Patriots | Tom Brady taking appeal to court (Tue Jul 28, 04:43 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has given permission to the NFL Players Association to appeal his case in federal court, according to a source. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady's four-game suspension for his involvement in deflating footballs in last year's postseason.

Our View: This story isn't going away anytime soon. Brady gets four games, and any decision from a federal court may not come in time for that to change. Stay tuned.
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Patriots | Tom Brady's suspension upheld (Tue Jul 28, 02:43 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension has been upheld by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday, July 28.

Our View: Obviously, the New England offense shouldn't be expected to perform as well with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. But this is how we've been projecting New England for a while. No big changes there.
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2015 Schedule

1vs Pittsburgh Steelers
2@ Buffalo Bills
3vs Jacksonville Jaguars
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5@ Dallas Cowboys
6@ Indianapolis Colts
7vs New York Jets
8vs Miami Dolphins
9vs Washington Redskins
10@ New York Giants
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Denver Broncos
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Houston Texans
15vs Tennessee Titans
16@ New York Jets
17@ Miami Dolphins