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QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots

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

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Week 17: vs Buffalo Bills

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Recent Stats and Projections

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13 at GB 22 35 245 2 0 1 -1 0 0
14 at SD 28 44 317 2 1 4 7 0 0
15 vs MIA 21 35 287 2 1 3 18 0 0
16 at NYJ 23 35 182 1 1 7 10 0 0
17 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay 25 39 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 16 vs NYJ (23 / 35 / 182 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 10 / 0 rush)

The Jets always play the Patriots tough, and Week 16 was no exception. Under siege all day, Tom Brady took 4 sacks from the Jets as his offensive line was simply overwhelmed for most of the day. Prior to this game, Brady had taken 4 sacks combined in the prior 8 games. The offensive line issues have been a trend over the last few weeks now, and a Bills matchup in Week 17 means things aren't going to get any easier. Because of the pressure, Brady was off for much of the day, but credit the Jets defense, as the front seven played well and the secondary overachieved for a group without any truly good players. Brady's interception was an ill-advised throw while backpedaling in the area of Brandon LaFell. LaFell was open, but pressure caused Brady to fire the ball behind LaFell on an out route, causing LaFell to tip the ball right into a defender's arms. Brady made a number of off target throws because of the pressure he faced, with most of the missed balls short hopping his receivers, including a potential touchdown to Shane Vereen. The Jets really clamped down on the Pats run game as well, creating an imbalance in the run/pass game, as Patriots running backs had 17 carries to Brady's 35 pass attempts. Brady did have what's apparently becoming a signature move - a scramble during a critical part of the game to convert a first down. This time, 'Crazy Legs' Brady took an 11 yard scramble to set up a first and goal for his team. Some say the run was so slow it still goes on to this day, but all kidding aside, Brady's scrambling 'ability' is something new for this season that's been a big boost to his team at times. It's definitely worth pointing out that Brady didn't have Julian Edelman in the game, so he was missing arguably his biggest security blanket. However, Danny Amendola played relatively well in Edelman's place. Brady's lone touchdown was to Rob Gronkowski on a back shoulder fade against a smaller defender. Nothing fancy, just solid recognition and execution on both ends. All in all, the Patriots should consider themselves lucky to escape with a win considering how well the Jets played them defensively.

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Latest News

Patriots | 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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Schedule

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