QB Drew Bledsoe - Free Agent

6-5, 233Born: 2-14-1972College: Washington StateDrafted: Round 1, pick

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2006 Week 1 vs JAX (16 / 33 / 246 / 1 / 3 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe had time in the pocket early on in the game and was able to complete some throws. The first two Dallas drives led to a 10-0 lead for the Cowboys. The Jaguars' defense finally came to life and was able to get pressure on him. He threw three interceptions in the game. One of them was near the end of the second quarter when Dallas had a chance to go into the locker room with the lead. Instead, the Jaguars turned the interception into points with a touchdown pass with just 12 seconds to go in the half. Bledsoe did have a touchdown called back due to pass interference on Jason Witten. It was reported that Bledsoe was seen stretching his back on the sidelines and taking warm up throws. The Cowboys said he was not injured but it could be something to keep an eye on.

2006 Week 2 vs WAS (19 / 38 / 237 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe managed to silence his critics, at least temporarily, by leading the Cowboys to a decisive victory over NFC East rival Washington. His offensive line did a good job of keeping the Washington pass rush away from him, and he responded with accurate throws and two touchdown passes. Bledsoe easily should've completed more of his passes, as Terrell Owens, Jason Witten, and fullback Lousaka Polite each had multiple drops. His two touchdowns went to Patrick Clayton and Terry Glenn. Terrell Owens was Bledsoe's favorite target, although they only managed to hook up for three receptions.

2006 Week 4 vs TEN (13 / 20 / 179 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe's first pass of the game was an interception, but he quickly made up for that mistake by leading the team on 80 and 55 yard drives on the next two Dallas possessions. He finished both drives off with touchdown throws to Terry Glenn. He also led them deep into Titans' territory with two minutes left in the first half, but kicker Mike Vanderjagt missed an easy 26 yard field goal. Bledsoe had a quiet second half and only had 38 yards passing as Dallas opened up a big lead.

2006 Week 5 vs PHI (18 / 38 / 223 / 0 / 3 pass, 5 / 24 / 1 rush)

Bledsoe was under duress all game. The Eagles hit him and pressured him and made him run all game long. Bledsoe finished the game with three interceptions and a lost fumble, as Philadelphia threw everything and everyone at him for much of the contest. He was sacked seven times, more than twice what the Cowboys had given up in their first three games combined. Bledsoe was able to throw enough to pick up over 200 yards passing, but he was unable to throw for a touchdown. The pressure he was under did force him to run more than usual, and Bledsoe took matters into his own hands and ran in from seven yards out in the second quarter of the game. Even though the stats say he ran for 24 yards, it was not his intention to run for any of that. The defensive pressure forced Bledsoe to scramble for all that yardage.

2006 Week 6 vs HOU (17 / 28 / 168 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe had some pedestrian statistics, other than the one that really counts, throwing touchdowns, which he did twice to WR Terrell Owens. Bledsoe threw passes to all levels of the field, which kept the Texans guessing. He was given ample time to pick up his receivers, although he was sacked twice. For most of the game he could work through his progressions and find secondary receivers.

2006 Week 7 vs NYG (7 / 12 / 111 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)

Bledsoe came under intense pressure from the Giants' pass rush. The offensive line allowed LaVar Arrington to sack Bledsoe for a safety, and Bledsoe had no chance. He was at fault on other plays after taking far too long to release the ball. Bledsoe scored on a one yard run, but the replay showed that he may have been a few inches short. The play went unchallenged and the score stood. The Cowboys had a chance to get back into the game at the end of the first half when recovering a Tiki Barber fumble at the Giants' 14 yard line. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Bledsoe made a very poor throw and was intercepted by Sam Madison. He was benched for the whole of the second half in favor of Tony Romo. The reasons given were Bledsoe's mistakes and lack of mobility.

2005 Week 1 vs SD (18 / 24 / 226 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe still holds on to the ball too long at times but he did exactly what Bill Parcells brought him in for. He did not throw interceptions and while he was sacked four times he did make some nice throws under pressure. His favorite target on third down was Patrick Crayton but he spread the ball around completing passes to five different receivers including a nice quick out at the goal line to Keyshawn Johnson. Bledsoe became the 10th player in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards on his career.

2005 Week 2 vs WAS (21 / 36 / 261 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe had continued success in his second start as the Cowboys' quarterback. His completion percentage was around 70% until the Redskins started scoring, forcing him to throw more in an attempt to come back late. Bledsoe was aided greatly by the play of his offensive line, as they kept the Washington pass rush from harassing him the entire game. He wasn't sacked, and he was hurried only a few times. He used this time in the pocket to distribute the ball to several offensive players and positions, with Terry Glenn, Keyshawn Johnson, and Jason Witten his favorite targets. He hit Glenn in the third quarter with a 70 yard touchdown bomb on a flea flicker.

2005 Week 3 vs SF (24 / 38 / 363 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 5 / 1 rush)

Drew Bledsoe passed Joe Montana for eighth place in all time career passing yards. He also had his best passing day since 2002 finishing 24 for 38 and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions but it was clearly Drew Bledsoe at his best down the stretch. He engineered the game winning eight play drive with 4:14 left hitting five different receivers. He also had a rare rushing touchdown, scrambling for six yards in the second quarter. Bledsoe was sacked twice and his first interception was a telegraphed pass to Patrick Crayton that Tony Parrish broke on and took it to the end zone. His second pick of the day came off a tipped pass that Parrish made an outstanding play, catching the tipped ball while toe tapping to stay inbounds.

2005 Week 4 vs OAK (11 / 26 / 212 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe and the Dallas offense started slowly, punting on their first three possessions, and never really got anything going against the Raider defense. He was only five of 13 for 53 yards and one interception in the first half, and struggled to convert for most of the second half as well. The Cowboys' defense helped the club stay in the game, and Bledsoe was able to get some drives going in the second half, but it wasn't enough. He hit WR Patrick Crayton for a 63 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and on the ensuing drive, in an effort for a comeback win, hit WR Terry Glenn for a 57 yard pass play. Dallas was able to get inside the Oakland five yard line, but their drive ended when Bledsoe failed to connect with Glenn from five yards out.

2005 Week 5 vs PHI (24 / 35 / 289 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe had a fantastic game, completing nearly 70% of his attempts and throwing three touchdowns. In fact, nearly all of his production was in the first half, as Bledsoe was 19-26-241-3-0 before intermission. It was the first time since October 1st, 2000 that Bledsoe had thrown three touchdown passes in the first half. Bledsoe had all day to pass and took advantage of the pocket protection that he was given. Bledsoe threw the ball early and often, hitting WR Terry Glenn three times on the first four plays, collecting 49 yards and a touchdown in the first two minutes. He hit Glenn again on another quick strike for a 38 yard one play drive on a picturesque deep ball to the end zone just two possessions later.

2005 Week 6 vs NYG (26 / 37 / 312 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe had a very productive game. Bledsoe finished the first half 15 of 19 for 169 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was 11 of 18 for 143 yards after halftime. With the Cowboys' running game struggling, Bledsoe probably should have been given the green light to throw more often. Though Bledsoe had a productive game, he was credited with three of the four Cowboys' turnovers. The first came on a bad exchange from center. Bledsoe also threw an interception when he was hit as he tried to deliver a pass to Terry Glenn. Bledsoe's third turnover came as Osi Umenyiora hit his arm and stripped the ball.

2005 Week 7 vs SEA (13 / 24 / 136 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe began the game looking sharp. His fade to WR Keyshawn Johnson in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown had nice touch on it and only Johnson had a chance to make a play on the ball. However, Bledsoe struggled from that point in the game converting third downs. Six times drives ended with a Bledsoe incompletion or a sack on third down because he was hesitant in the pocket. Bledsoe's first interception was a deep ball for WR Terry Glenn. The defensive back got a hand on the ball deflecting it to SS Michael Boulware who was running in stride with both of them. His second interception was the play of the game allowing Seattle PK Josh Brown to attempt the game winning field goal.

2005 Week 8 vs ARI (19 / 24 / 220 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe had a very efficient day completing 19 of 24 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown. At one point in the first half he completed ten consecutive passes including a drive where he went seven for seven culminating in a five yard touchdown to Keyshawn Johnson. Drew did have two fumbles and lost one of them. The Cowboys continue to have issues with the center exchange from time to time including twice today.

2005 Week 10 vs PHI (17 / 24 / 196 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

After hitting Peerless Price with a perfectly thrown deep pass on the Cowboys' second possession, Bledsoe struggled to find receivers for most of the game. He was faced with a relentless Philadelphia pass rush, and was never really able to set up in the pocket. However, when it counted the most, Bledsoe made the big throws that allowed his team to claw their way back into the game. His lone touchdown pass was a 20 yard throw to Terry Glenn that hit the receiver in stride. Bledsoe's interception was one of the uglier ones you'll ever see. With a blitzing Jeremiah Trotter bearing down on him, Bledsoe lobbed the ball right into the arms of a Philadelphia defensive back, who was also blitzing.

2005 Week 11 vs DET (12 / 23 / 110 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe managed a game that took advantage of Lions' penalties, relied on strong rushing from the Cowboy's rushing corps, and utilized short accurate passes to move the ball and put the Cowboys' in scoring positions. Bledsoe did not compete a pass over 15 yards in length. In the second quarter, Bledsoe was slow in getting up and was visibly limping, but it did not impact his play.

2005 Week 12 vs DEN (29 / 44 / 232 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 2 / 1 rush)

If you take away the two interceptions, Bledsoe would have had a great day. He accounted for all three Dallas scores by throwing for two touchdowns and running for another. Unfortunately, the Bailey interception resulted in a Denver touchdown. On that pass, Bledsoe was trying to hit backup tight end, Dan Campbell, on a quick out route and overthrew the pass. Bailey broke on the pass and was able to catch it in the clear for an easy return down the sideline. In Bledsoe's defense, it looked like Campbell was not quick in getting into position on the route, but Bledsoe still could have opted to throw the ball away. Bledsoe showed that he still has exceptional arm strength by rifling a number of balls throughout the game. Although not fast, Bledsoe did a nice job of feeling pressure from the Broncos and sliding within the pocket to buy time and avoid sacks. Bledsoe's one yard sneak was his second rushing touchdown of the season and the eighth of his career.

2005 Week 13 vs NYG (15 / 39 / 146 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe played his worst game of the season, looking confused and frustrated in the pocket under constant pressure from the Giants' defensive line. He ended the game completing 15 of 39 attempts for 146 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Bledsoe had a horrific first half completing just four passes for 17 yards and was sacked twice. Bledsoe also added two lost fumbles in the game accounting for all four turnovers for Dallas. He fumbled on the first play of the second half as his left arm was hit by Giants' Kendrick Clancy while attempting to hand off to Jones. The ball was recovered by Antonio Pierce and returning for a touchdown leaving Dallas with a 17 point deficit. Bledsoe also throw two interceptions in the second half including an under thrown pass intended for Glenn with about two minutes left in the game. With the loss, Bledsoe fell to 4-1 lifetime against the Giants.

2005 Week 14 vs KC (22 / 34 / 332 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe had a slow start as the Chiefs seemed to be ready for anything he tried, but from his successful 71 yard pass for a touchdown late in the second quarter, he was on target and unstoppable. He finished with over 300 yards passing and three touchdown passes. He demonstrated the value that a strong armed, confident veteran provides a good football team.

2005 Week 15 vs WAS (16 / 29 / 153 / 1 / 3 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe was intensely pressured by the Redskins. He was sacked seven times. And with his first passing attempt of the game, Bledsoe threw an interception. And at the end of the first half Bledsoe threw his second interception, successfully ending any momentum that the Cowboys had. His third interception ended the game. Under pressure, Bledsoe was able to connect with Keyshawn Johnson for 14 yards and a first down during the first quarter. Bledsoe lost a fumble on the opening drive of the second half. The only bright spot of the game was his touchdown pass to Jason Witten in the middle of the fourth quarter.

2005 Week 16 vs CAR (15 / 23 / 209 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

This was a run dominated game, belonging to Julius Jones, and Bledsoe wasn't asked to do a whole lot. His response was a modest 15 of 23 performance, netting 209 yards and the game winning touchdown with 24 seconds left on the clock. Bledsoe's lone mistake was when he overthrew an open Terry Glenn in the first quarter for an interception, stalling a nice Dallas drive. He was sacked five times, but didn't seem to let it rattle his cage.

2005 Week 17 vs STL (18 / 39 / 242 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bledsoe actually threw the ball well. However, he was under constant pressure and his receivers dropped a handful of passes that could have led to solid gains. While Bledsoe may be getting a little older and he's certainly as immobile as ever, he can still throw every pass in the book.