QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots
|6-4, 210||Born: 8-3-1977||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 6|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 30): It ends not with a bang, but a whimper. The "it" in this case is Tom Brady's run as a fantasy QB1 in anyone's mind. He might not even be worth rostering soon. Things are most certainly not looking up heading into a matchup at Cincinnati this week.
General News (Tue Sep 30): and the offense struggled mightily in a 41-14 thrashing by the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4 Monday, Sept. 29, and head coach Bill Belichick hasn't been able to settle on a starting group on the offensive line. Bryan Stork, a rookie, debuted as the starting center, and Cameron Fleming debuted as a starting guard. The team benched both starting tackles at various points during the game. Brady hasn't had much time to throw all year, and he was off target Monday.
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 2 vs MIN (15 / 22 / 149 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Weeks 1 and 2 were night and day for Tom Brady. Though his paltry stat line doesn't show it, he was more accurate, pass protection was much better, and he made good decisions throughout the day. In stark contrast to Week 1's 56 pass attempts, Brady only attempted 22 in Week 2, as he simply needed to manage the game and let the running game and defense take over. In 23 dropbacks, Brady was only sacked once and hurried a few times, and the relatively clean pocket combined with no drops allowed an efficient day. Brady had a couple solid throws, including a great back shoulder laser to Aaron Dobson and a solid 44 yard bomb to Julian Edelman. Brady's touchdown came off an audible where the Vikings stacked the box. This left Edelman 1 on 1, and a corner route executed to perfection turned into 6 points. Brady did narrowly overthrow Edelman on another deep ball that would have given him a more respectable stat line, and had a huge gain to Danny Amendola called back due to a penalty. Although the stats weren't gaudy, the Patriots would take this performance over Week 1 every single Sunday.
2014 Week 3 vs OAK (24 / 37 / 234 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -7 / 0 rush)
Although it was a more balanced game than the last two weeks, this Patriots offense looked more ugly than good throughout most of the game against the Raiders, and Tom Brady had plenty to do with it. However, the first thing to take note of, once again, was the offensive line. It certainly made good use of the word 'offensive' in 'offensive line', as the pass protection for Tom Brady was just about as bad as it was in Week 1 against Miami. Brady took pressure after pressure, hit after hit. One wonders how his body will be able to hold up at this rate through the course of the season. Terrible protection notwithstanding, Brady himself looked off on several throws. The first three plays of the game were all passing plays, and on all three plays, Brady showed no touch on shorter passes and instead rifled them like lasers, making the receptions either tough or impossible for his receivers. He missed Rob Gronkowski on a notable wide open crossing route that would have picked up big yardage, and as usual, was ineffective throwing down the field. Another trend that reared its head was the Julian Edelman showed, as Brady showed no rapport with anyone but Edelman on the field. Brady's lone touchdown was a fairly easy toss to Rob Gronkowski from 6 yards out, no frills attached. He also could have had another touchdown, but had two dropped balls by receivers in the endzone. Gronkowski dropped a tipped ball that was still very catchable, and Brady narrowly missed Danny Amendola for a touchdown that he could have located a bit better, but was still very catchable. Brady also led one of the worst clock management performances you'll see at the end of a half, getting lucky to escape the half with a field goal. Three drives bogged down in the red zone, and simply put, 16 points won't be enough to win on most weeks for the Patriots.
Latest NewsPatriots | O-line hurting Patriots (Tue Sep 30, 12:17 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and the offense struggled mightily in a 41-14 thrashing by the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4 Monday, Sept. 29, and head coach Bill Belichick hasn't been able to settle on a starting group on the offensive line. C Bryan Stork, a rookie, debuted as the starting center, and OG Cameron Fleming debuted as the starting guard. The team benched both starting tackles at various points during the game. Brady hasn't had much time to throw all year, and he was off target Monday. Our View: In the past five drafts, the Patriots have taken more quarterbacks (2) than they have offensive linemen (1) in the first three rounds. There's a reason why they're struggling to protect Brady.
link to story Patriots | Tom Brady lifted early (Mon Sep 29, 10:27 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Week 4 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29. One of the interceptions was returned for a touchdown. Our View: Wow. Just wow. Something looks off with Tom Brady, but we didn't expect his night to end prematurely in a blowout loss to the Chiefs. We'll see if the team can get this offense back on track.
link to story Patriots | Tom Brady rushed to make throws (Wed Sep 24, 04:09 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady didn't try to get deeper into his progressions in Week 3 against the Oakland Raiders until late in the second half. There were only two times when Brady looked past his first read and wasn't under serious pressure from the Raiders' pass rush. On both of those instances, Brady completed a pass to WR Julian Edelman. Our View: Brady's average time in the pocket is 2.2 seconds, and that ranks 6th-fastest in the NFL (Peyton Manning no.1, 1.99 seconds). He ranks 5th in the NFL in average time before a pass at 2.33 seconds. Brady is under duress consistently when looking through his progressions deeper down the field, which is why Edelman and TE Rob Gronkowski are being targeted more - they are his best and most consistent receivers.
link to story Patriots | Tom Brady's calf could be an issue (Mon Sep 22, 11:48 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) could have a legit calf injury because his touch and velocity has been off in the early part of the season. Brady also rushed a few throws in Week 2 after taking some hits the previous week. Brady appears to have a lack of trust with his offensive line, in the opinion of beat writer Chad Finn. Our View: Brady just seems....off this year. He's not playing up to his potential, and he's struggling to throw deep. Brady currently ranks 12th in the league in QB pressure rate, and he's getting pressured on 25.6 percent of his dropbacks. We no longer see Brady as a QB1 for fantasy. This team and this offense is content just running to win, and passing is not a priority unless they're playing from behind. They had a great matchup against a poor Raiders defense in Week 3, but the Patriots only scored 16 points. Adjust your expectations for Brady accordingly.
link to story Patriots | Tom Brady leaning on Julian Edelman (Mon Sep 22, 10:13 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has completed 84.6 percent of his passes to WR Julian Edelman. He has completed just 51.1 percent of his passes to other players. Our View: Fantasy owners are not getting perhaps what they expected from Brady and the Patriots passing game, but at least Edelman is still somewhat reliable. We like Edelman and Rob Gronkowski as every week starters, but that's about it from this team. Even Tom Brady is not a "set it and forget it" starter anymore.
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