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QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots

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

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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.

Week 8: vs Chicago Bears

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
4 at KC 14 23 159 1 2 0 0 0 1
5 vs CIN 23 35 292 2 0 4 13 0 0
6 at BUF 27 37 361 4 0 4 3 0 0
7 vs NYJ 20 37 261 3 0 0 0 0 0
8 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 22 36 * * * 2 * * *

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.

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Latest News

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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Patriots | Tom Brady listed as probable (Wed Oct 15, 04:33 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

Our View: His ankle injury reportedly required a lot of therapy for him to be able to play in Week 6. Brady is back to looking more like his normal self over the last two weeks.
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Patriots | Tom Brady limited in practice (Tue Oct 14, 04:28 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Our View: There he is! Brady is playing on a short week, and he's dealing with this ankle injury. There have been reports coming out of New England that this ankle injury is more severe than the team is letting on. We'll see what Brady looks like against the Jets on Thursday night.
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Patriots | Tom Brady has legit injury (Tue Oct 14, 10:11 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) played Sunday, Oct. 13, through a significant injury, according to two sources. Brady rolled his ankle on the foot of one of his offensive linemen Friday, Oct. 10. Brady required a lot of therapy to be ready to play in Week 6.

Our View: Just keep an eye on this folks. The Patriots are not very informative with injury situations, so we may not hear much "official" about this.
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Patriots | Tom Brady limited (Mon Oct 13, 04:57 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was limited Monday, Oct. 13. The team did not practice Monday, but was required to provide the status of injured players if they had practiced.

Our View: In the 'Imagination Land' practice report, Brady would have been limited. He should be good to go--in real life--against the Jets on Thursday Night Football in Week 7.
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Schedule

8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Indianapolis Colts
12vs Detroit Lions
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills