QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots
|6-4, 210||Born: 8-3-1977||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2000|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Brady was able to pile up stats in garbage time against the Texans and might have a similar game script against the Chiefs this week.
General News (Thu Dec 5): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Dec 4): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 14: vs Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Patriots passing offense over the last four games has been struggling mightily. While Tom Brady threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns last week, that was mostly in garbage time when the game was already out of hand as this was a unit that struggled for most of the game completing just 51% of their passes. Brady has completed 55% or fewer in three consecutive games and while the first two of those three were mostly written off as weather games, the lack of production is starting to become a concern for the Patriots who are desperately trying to find a second receiving option outside of Julien Edelman. While Mohamed Sanu was active, he played just 22% of the plays for the Patriots and caught just three passes for 14 yards as the Patriots are still trying to find a way to get a return on their trade for a second-round pick earlier this year. Philip Dorsett, Jacobi Meyers, and N'Keal Harry all struggled as well as they had a total of just five receptions amongst the three of them on 14 targets. The Patriots turned heavily to James White in the second half while trying to mount a comeback, and if the receiving troubles continue one would have to question whether the Patriots just have to keep White on the field at a rate much higher than the 40% that he is seeing now. The Chiefs pass defense has been one of the bright spots on the season. While it is not a shut-down unit, it is a unit that has been much improved compared to 2018 where it was one of the worst units in football. The Chiefs have allowed the 17th most yards to quarterbacks per game at 253, and the 17th most touchdowns with 1.5 per game. This is a unit that has allowed just three teams to throw for 300 yards on the year two of which were in garbage time performances in Jacksonville and the Chargers. At the cornerback position, they are by no means an elite unit, but one that has been consistent with very little weaknesses, but the real story has been the play of their safeties as Juan Thornhill and Tyrann Mathieu both have been strong in coverage this season. If there is a weakness in this passing game it is the linebackers covering running backs. On the year, no team has allowed more receiving yards to running backs than the Chiefs as Anthony Hitchens and the linebacking group has struggled for most of the season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Tom Brady's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs HOU (24 / 47 / 326 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
Don't let the stat line fool you - once again, this was a bad Patriots offense who couldn't get it done against a beatable defense. Tom Brady was off on several throws - high on some like on a would-be touchdown to Phillip Dorsett, low on others. It wasn't all on him - receivers not getting separation is a big issue, as often he simply had nothing to throw to. The game plan was also an odd one - after the first drive which had good success on the ground, the Pats started throwing the ball way too often. Yes, Houston came out to defend the run a bit more, but the Pats have countered that in the past easily with formations, no huddle, etc. Brady's first touchdown to James White was on a swing/wheel route, and his second was on an improvised scramble as the pocket broke down. His touchdown to Julian Edelman was on a semi-broken play by the defense, as Edelman ran right by his defender. It also seems the coaching staff felt Brady's interception was NKeal Harry's fault, as he let his defender outmuscle him on a slant route. Still, as is par now, Brady almost tossed one or two more that should have been picks. This is an offense that isn't going to be fixed easily - between bad separation and inconsistent QB play, games where opposing offenses can put up points are going to be big issues.
2019 Week 12 vs DAL (17 / 37 / 190 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
This week, bad wind was combined with sideways rain, but the Patriots offense once again couldn't muster much and was led by its defense and special teams. It was also yet another tale of good and not so good for Tom Brady. The good was demonstrated in plays like a great 3rd and 20 conversion to Julian Edelman where Brady made a nice slide move in the pocket to fire the throw in to his receiver. The good was also on the lone touchdown of the day, a back shoulder throw to NKeal Harry, though the receiver made an outstanding grab for the score. The not so good was a ridiculous throw while being sacked that could have easily turned into disaster, and several off target throws, such as a potential missed TD on a throw behind Ben Watson. It's worth saying again, though - weather played a factor here, as did the injured receiving corps. This is the time of year when the Pats generally kick into gear, but this year might be a bit different.
2019 Week 11 vs PHI (26 / 47 / 216 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Another mediocre day for the Patriots offense and Tom Brady, as they've displayed mediocrity throughout the season for the most part. Luckily for them, the defense held the Eagles to 10 points. The gameplan called for a pass heavy script, which made some sense given the Eagles' stout run front, but Brady's 4.6 yards per attempt was about right in line with the eye test. The windy conditions may have played a factor in his inaccuracy, but he missed several throws and nearly threw picks on a few occasions, including a blatantly bad throw and oversight in the end zone. Another instance was a bad overthrow on a simple screen pass that was nearly picked. Pass protection was fine, as this was more a case of him playing poorly and no run game to speak of. With that said, the return of N'Keal Harry should help some, and getting Isaiah Wynn back should hopefully materially change protection. If not, this is a team that will need to continue to rely on defense and special teams to win games.
2019 Week 9 vs BAL (30 / 46 / 285 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Another uneven day for Tom Brady, who went through a hot spell in the middle of the game but could not overcome a Ravens team that was better all around on the day. Miscues did the team no favors, and the run game was ineffective and put in a bad spot due to game script. As a result, the entire offense was Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu, who had 20 of Brady's 30 completions. Brady had several off throws, including two airmailed throws early and two near interceptions later in the game. Brady's lone touchdown was on a short pick play that went to Mohamed Sanu, while his interception was a bad throw combined with an arm punt on a deep shot that was nowhere near his intended target. The offensive line wasn't terrible - as aforementioned, the Pats were just beat in every phase of the game. Hopefully the line and lack of weaponry don't become a trend.
2019 Week 8 vs CLE (20 / 36 / 259 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Another decent day for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense made to look better by the defense. The offense started and finished well, but had a chunk in the middle of the game where they could not get anything going. As usual, that included some offensive line missteps and one misstep from Brady that should have been an interception. With Josh Gordon gone and playing in the rain, Brady naturally focused in on Julian Edelman, who was the only consistent offensive player for the Pats. The first touchdown connection between the two was Edelman beating one on one coverage on a slant route in the middle of the field. Nothing crazy, just a touchdown with good time in pocket. The second was a great move and throw by Brady, who slide to avoid a sack in the pocket and threw a dart to Edelman while on the run. You could call it Russell Wilson-esque if Brady was...quicker. Beyond that, 59 of his 259 yards came on a screen to James White, and there wasn't much else in the "wow" column. Another day with a so-so offense and a worldbeating defense.
2019 Week 7 vs NYJ (31 / 45 / 249 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Another cruise control game for Tom Brady, who wasn't asked to do much with the Patriots defense absolutely destroying the Jets offense. The first half was full of quick passes and easy outs for Brady, who managed through another patchwork offensive line. There was a lull in the second half, but it was tough to not score given the field position and turnover battle. Brady's lone touchdown was a deep pass to Phillip Dorsett on a nice sluggo route by the wide receiver. Even though Sony Michel scored 3 short touchdowns, Brady didn't bother with any sneaks. His interception was due to a hit-as-he-threw play, so it wasn't a terrible decision or anything like that. Beyond that, it was tough to really criticize anything simply because of game script and flow. That will change with the schedule suddenly getting tough overnight for the next 6 weeks.
2019 Week 6 vs NYG (31 / 41 / 334 / 0 / 1 pass, 7 / 6 / 2 rush)
Not a great first half for Tom Brady, but the offense turned it around in the second half, and Tom Brady got two scores the unconventional way. Both his touchdowns were sneak touchdowns from a yard out, something he may be the greatest of all time at. There was plenty of pressure and inaccuracy in the first quarter and a half, but some of that was fixed with quicker throws and better protection. Similar to last week, it seemed some of the pressure/sacks were Brady holding the ball too long, which is something he normally doesn't do. It's also worth noting the Patriots were dealing with a myriad of injuries - offensive line, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, Rex Burkhead, both fullbacks, and more. With Gordon hurt, Brady relied on Julian Edelman as per usual, with a smattering of other skill players thrown in evenly. Brady did have two turnovers which would have been a killer against better teams - one was a bad interception, and one was a strip sack fumble that was returned for a touchdown. His interception was a bad overthrow of Julian Edelman on a laser throw deep ball, so it was more throw and less bad decision. The Patriots defense and special teams contributed 14 points by themselves, which also helped ice the game. More work to be done for sure, especially if injuries take their toll.
2019 Week 5 vs WAS (28 / 42 / 348 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
While it wasn't all roses, Tom Brady was expectedly better against the Redskins than he was against the Bills. He tossed three touchdowns. His first was a shorter toss to Julian Edelman who simply beat zone coverage in the middle of the field. Nothing fancy about it, just a proper read of zone defense by Edelman. The second was a deep pass to Brandon Bolden of all people on a nice throw and catch. The third touchdown was an easy touchdown to Ryan Izzo, who was so wide open that you or I could†have celebrated our first NFL touchdown. There wasn't a defender within several yards of him and it was a play from the 10 yard line, so credit a good playcall and terrible defense. Things were slightly less rosy with Brady's second end zone interception in as many weeks, an absolutely wretched decision and throw off his back foot into coverage. No excuses for this one, it was bad. The other blemish for Brady was the number of sacks taken. While the offensive line certainly had its downs, Brady was holding onto the ball too long on a couple of the sacks, something you almost never see from him. Perhaps his mojo was off or he still needs time to gel with his new line, but it could be an issue against more formidable defenses.
2019 Week 4 vs BUF (18 / 39 / 150 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Brate made a tough contested catch up the seam on the first drive of the game. He caught an out route for a solid gain late in the 3rd quarter. Brate found the end zone at the end of the same drive, running one of his signature seam routes and making a tough contested catch. Brate hasn't generated much in the way of stats, but he's found the end zone three times this season, which is three more than OJ Howard has accounted for.
2019 Week 3 vs NYJ (28 / 42 / 306 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Make that 3 weeks of blowouts for Tom Brady and the Pats, who cruised to another multiple score win. This week was without Antonio Brown, and hopefully that's the last time he takes focus over the actual team. Brady was also without James White for the whole game, Julian Edelman for over a half, and Josh Gordon for bits of the game. There honestly wasn't a ton of trouble for Brady this game despite that, as the offensive line did its job despite definite pressure on a handful of plays. Brady's first touchdown was a crossing route to Phillip Dorsett off play action, and it's clear Dorsett is carving out a definite role for himself in this offense despite being a forgotten man this offseason. Brady's second touchdown was an out route to Julian Edelman. Brady was under pressure on the toss, so it was a nice play by the star QB. Brady and Josh Gordon also narrowly missed out on a fade touchdown that was later converted by the ground game. The first real test of the season will likely come next week against Buffalo, another team off to a hot start.
2019 Week 2 vs MIA (20 / 28 / 264 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 1 rush)
In what would be doing the word "annihilation" a disservice, the Patriots...annihilated...the Dolphins in a complete team effort. It took a mere 28 pass attempts for Tom Brady, including several with the game well in hand in the 4th quarter, to put up 264 yards and 3 total touchdowns. While it was easy sailing against a team like the Dolphins, it is important to note Brady's offensive line was hit with a number of injuries during the game, which could have ramifications against a more competitive defensive front. That said, early going, the name of the game was getting Antonio Brown involved, with a number of purposeful throws in his direction. Some timing was off, but some throws were on target, including the touchdown on a short go route from about 20 yards out. Brady's other touchdown was late in the game on a screen to James White that looked like there were no defenders within a country mile of the play. Brady also had an easy sneak for a short touchdown, something he usually converts anyways. It was tough to take much away in such an uncompetitive game, but again, the weapons and OL bear watching going forward.
2019 Week 1 vs PIT (24 / 36 / 341 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It's as if the offseason didn't happen. Tom Brady didn't miss a beat, spreading the ball around the different receivers and throwing at various depths of the field. The Patriots used several different formations, including more 2 RB sets than normal, thanks to James White and Rex Burkhead. There was a bit of rust at the start, including a couple underthrows and overthrows, but that soon changed with some nice throws, including his absolute dime touchdown to Philip Dorsett. Dorsett ran a go route, and Brady looked off the safety and placed the ball well for his receiver. Dorsett's second touchdown was another long one where he simply ran past zone coverage in what was debatably either really shoddy or a blown assignment. Blown/bad coverage helped on more than that play, as the Steelers defense simply didn't compete on several plays. Brady's first touchdown was a crossing route to Josh Gordon, who broke a tackle on his way to the end zone. Obviously, it elicited a huge roar from the crowd. It's been the same old for the GOAT for years - more of the usual dominance we've seen with no signs of slowing down.
Latest NewsPatriots | Limited practice for Tom Brady (Thu Dec 5, 06:01 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (elbow, toe) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 5. link to story Patriots | Tom Brady fully practices (Wed Dec 4, 07:29 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (elbow, toe) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. link to story Patriots | Tom Brady salvages rough evening (Mon Dec 2, 02:07 AM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 24 of his 47 passes for 326 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a Week 13 loss to the Houston Texans. Brady also had a 13-yard run. link to story Patriots | Full practice for Tom Brady (Fri Nov 29, 06:13 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (elbow) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is not on the injury report for Week 13. link to story Patriots | New England's Week 13 injury report (Fri Nov 29, 05:05 PM) - New England Patriots TE Ryan Izzo (illness) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Houston Texans. LB Kyle Van Noy (illness) did not practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as questionable. S Patrick Chung (illness, heel, chest), LB Jamie Collins (illness), OL Jermaine Eluemunor (illness), CB Stephon Gilmore (illness), LB Dont'a Hightower (illness), CB Joejuan Williams (illness), OT Isaiah Wynn (illness), LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (knee), OT Marcus Cannon (illness), WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion), S Nate Ebner (ankle, back), WR Julian Edelman (shoulder), CB Jason McCourty (groin), WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) and OL Byron Cowart (head) were limited in practice Friday and are also listed as questionable. QB Tom Brady (elbow) returned to a full practice Friday and has been removed from the injury report. DE John Simon (elbow) was not given a practice designation for a second straight day but also no longer appears on the injury report. Our View: About a third of the Patriots roster is questionable in another typical chapter of Belichickian gamesmanship. All of the key names on this list should be available on Sunday.
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