QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots
|6-4, 210||Born: 8-3-1977||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2000|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): Brady played well against a tough Vikings defense, but a fullback scored twice on goal line carries and the Vikings offense didn't play well enough to force him to air out for a longer part of the game. He's still a solid QB1 against the Dolphins this week.
General News (Sat Dec 8): credits the leadership of Tom Brady for helping him turn his career around. "It's good to be able to be in such close proximity to learn from him," Gordon said. "I look up to the guy."
General News (Thu Dec 6): is healthy, according to beat writer Mark Daniels, and has been removed from the practice report.
General News (Wed Dec 5): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 14: at Miami Dolphins
FBG says: Good matchup. Tom Brady is coming off one of his more efficient games of the season, completing 24 of 32 passes for 311 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The yardage total was his fourth-highest total of the year, and his 75% completion percentage was his second best game in that regard. In his first meeting against the Dolphins, Brady threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions, but he was also without Julian Edelman, and Josh Gordon was just getting his feet wet in the New England offense. Gordon has had at least 70 receiving yards or a touchdown in four consecutive weeks. Edelman is starting to come on as of late, averaging 6.2 receptions for 77.6 yards in his last five games, but he has only one touchdown over that span after catching two touchdowns in his first three games of the year. James White continues to be the Patriots most dangerous receiver and is coming off a seven catch, 92-yard performance against Minnesota. White has at least five catches in nine of his 12 games this year and has eclipsed 65+ receiving yards six times. Rob Gronkowski has been a disappointment this year, as it finally looks as though the injuries he has faced throughout his career have caught up to him. He is not creating separation like we have grown accustomed to seeing, and with a much more balanced Patriots attack, he is not seeing the volume that he has in year's past. The Patriots offensive line has been fantastic this year, allowing only 16 sacks on the season while also leading the league in adjusted sack rate (3.7%). The Miami passing defense has been a source of pride for the Dolphins in 2018, as their run defense has been among the leagues worst, yet their secondary is a big part of why the Dolphins are currently 6-6. The Dolphins suffered a big blow as Xavien Howard is out with a knee injury which could create major issues for this Dolphins secondary. The Dolphins rely on turnovers as they rank second in this category behind only the Chicago Bears, and they are tied for 1st in touchdown to interception ratio, allowing 23 passing touchdowns to 19 interceptions. This is even more impressive when you consider that Deshaun Watson lit them up for five touchdowns (with no interceptions), so if you take out that one outlier game, Miami has forced more interceptions than they've given up touchdowns. The Dolphins rank 15th in total passing yards allowed at 267 yards per game but have not allowed many big games, having given up 300+ passing yards only three times on the season. They will have their hands full this week against a Patriots offense that can beat them regardless of whether Miami slows down the pace of the game. Without Howard, this is a completely different defense that should not be feared and one that could be in for a long game this week.
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Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs MIN (24 / 32 / 311 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
This was one of those luxury days for Tom Brady. He didn't need to be on his A game, as the Pats defense completely dominated the Vikings to the tune of 10 total points, shutting down Diggs and Thielen in the process. Many of the throws on the day were short passes, working the flats, etc, particularly early in the game. Brady's lone touchdown was to a wide open Josh Gordon who sat in the middle of zone coverage then raced into the end zone. The "big" milestone was Brady hitting 1,000 career rushing yards on what was a very quick QB scramble/draw, something we may never see again. Brady's deep ball was once again iffy - as an example, he completed a deeper pass to Patterson for about 30 yards in the air, but it was barely at Patterson's shoetops. Brady's interception was a bad one, with the ball thrown right to a defender on an out route. Beyond that, it was a fairly unremarkable outing, taking what the Vikings defense gave. Rain also had a slight hand at points in the game, but not enough to cause serious dagame.
2018 Week 12 vs NYJ (20 / 31 / 283 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Continuing the up and down season for the Pats offense, and in particular the o-line, Tom Brady held up reasonably well on most snaps and had time to execute his offense. There weren't many close calls, though Brady's deep ball is still noticeably weaker than it was last year. That said, there were still several chunk plays against the Jets, including Rob Gronkowski's sweet deep touchdown catch. Brady threw the ball to Gronk about 35 or 40 yards in the air, and Gronk grabbed the ball while being pasted by a defender. It was great to see Gronk make the catch given his recent injuries and lack of touchdowns. However, Brady did try to force a few passes to Gronk, particularly in the end zone, and the ball should have gone elsewhere. Brady's second touchdown was a catch and run by Julian Edelman, who had about 15 yards YAC, including smashing into a couple defenders near the goal line. Brady was also aided by a strong run game performance. Outside of a few questionable drives, the bye week clearly helped.
2018 Week 10 vs TEN (21 / 41 / 254 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
In what amounted to a dominating performance by the Titans defense, Tom Brady was continually harassed, and the Patriots offense as a whole was embarrassed. He received no help from the run game, and when he did have time, there were a few off throws and a couple cases of the dropsies. Add it all up, and it was likely an anomaly for a normally great offense. The Pats o-line is fairly banged up and players were rotating in and out, but that was perhaps the biggest reason for the dismal day. The field position game was also a huge factor, as the Titans continually worked with short fields while the Pats had much tougher spots to work with. Credit the Titans for shutting down James White as well, who was removed from the game almost entirely as an x factor. The theme here was the domination by the Titans defense - unless this becomes a theme, it's tough to read too much into this performance. The bye week comes at a good time.
2018 Week 9 vs GB (22 / 35 / 294 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / -1 / 0 rush)
Once again, Tom Brady did what he needed to do to get a win. Against the Packers, credit goes to the New England defense, who surprisingly did a good job pressuring Aaron Rodgers and held the Packers to only 17 points. Brady was put in good spots, protection was adequate, and he received good receiver support, including his 55 yard touchdown to Josh Gordon. On the play, Brady faked one way, threw to Gordon, who broke an arm tackle then proceeded to house the pass for a score. He could have had more touchdowns, but the Patriots actually scored three times on the ground. His other highlight was a flea flicker to Julian Edelman (who threw a pass of his own later), where Edelman was wide open thanks to the trickery. Unlike several of his games, there weren't as many egregious off target throws or interceptable passes. It is also worth noting he once again operated without Gronk, but that didn't effect the operation too much, as the aforementioned Gordon and James White connections were in full gear. All systems go as the team continues into the back half of the season.
2018 Week 8 vs BUF (29 / 45 / 324 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
It wasn't pretty, but Brady managed to get it done, thanks in large part to his defense and a nearly non-existent Bills offense. The Pats offense was able to move the ball on several drives, but completely bogged down in the red zone. In fact, the only offensive touchdown came off a great catch by Gronk that set the Pats up at the 1 yard line. For his part, Brady was pressured a decent amount, but had several bad decisions. He was very lucky to escape with no interceptions, all said, as he threw 2 or 3 passes that probably should have been picked off. However, he did have a couple great throws, as well as a key "block" for a Julian Edelman run on a 3rd down. Credit the Bills for their defense rising up to the challenge for more than half the game, but the Pats simply had too many weapons at the end.
2018 Week 7 vs CHI (25 / 36 / 277 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady did what he had to do once again, this time playing the shootout game with the Chicago Bears. It was an odd day given that Gronk wasn't playing and Sony Michel got hurt on his 4th carry of the game. Pass protection was adequate, but it was notable that Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd seemed to drop back into coverage a ton instead of rushing the passer. Two of Brady's touchdown were to James White - one out of the flat and another on a sweep route. The aforementioned Floyd was in coverage on one of the touchdowns, which is about as big a mismatch as you'll find. Brady's other touchdown was a screen to Julian Edelman, who bull rushed his way into the end zone. Connection with Josh Gordon continued to develop, including a 4th down sky ball and a 55 yard catch and run. These passes were in critical situations and once again Gordon played heavy snaps. Brady's interception was a drop by James Develin that went into a defender's hands, which is Brady's third such interception this season. The offense continues to click as time goes on, as the Pats have now scored 38+ points in 4 straight games.
2018 Week 6 vs KC (24 / 35 / 340 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 1 rush)
Tom Brady needed to keep up in a shootout, and he did just that, playing well beyond one huge blemish that could have cost his team the win. There was a reasonable amount of time for him to throw, and the ground game was working very well, as one can surmise from the score. Brady actually targeted Josh Gordon more than any other receiver, and Gordon also played more snaps than any other receiver, signaling that the duo is ready to rock. They were off on a couple throws from a timing perspective, but also connected well on slant routes, and had a 37 yard P.I. call to the 1 yard line. Brady's lone passing touchdown was to Julian Edelman on a nicely lofted floating ball over coverage. Brady also scrambled for another touchdown, though it seemed to happen in slow motion given his speed. He should have been sacked on the play, but the rushing defender let up because he thought Brady threw the ball. The play may not have happened had Brady hit Edelman on an out route on the prior play, as Edelman could have scored. His bad play on the night was a costly fumble in his own territory that should have never happened. Brady ran around looking for an open receiver, but held on to the ball far far too long, allowing pass rushers to eventually get home and strip the ball. It was a play Brady himself said was terrible, as he should have thrown the ball away well beforehand. Beyond that, Brady carved up the Chiefs defense, especially in the 4th quarter, including the game winning drive. As expected, the offense continues to progress.
2018 Week 5 vs IND (34 / 44 / 341 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / -1 / 1 rush)
It was a good day for the Pats and Tom Brady, as they stormed their way to a decisive victory. Brady integrated Julian Edelman right back into the mix, throwing his way 3 times on the first drive of the game. Though Edelman was rusty, it was clear his presence made a difference for Brady and the Pats. Brady's two big blemishes on the day were an overthrow of James White on a deep shot that White could have scored on, and an underthrow to Josh Gordon on the very next play. The interceptions weren't his fault, as they were both off drops by Chris Hogan and Gronk. His three touchdowns were fairly easy. One was to Cordarrelle Patterson on a 1 yard screen play. The second was to James White who was left open after a post route from the backfield. The third was a total deep ball prayer in the direction of Josh Gordon, who managed to snag it around two defenders. Pass protection was good, as was the run game, which aided Brady's cause. All in all, a good day for a guy who hit the 500 career touchdown mark.
2018 Week 4 vs MIA (23 / 35 / 274 / 3 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The score doesn't show it, but the Pats blowout of the Dolphins was due in large part to the run game and defense. Tom Brady played decently, but had several errant throws and decisions. This included a near interception in the red zone and a miss to Cordarrelle Patterson on a slant route from the goal line. Brady's first interception was a terrible deep throw to Phillip Dorsett who was smothered in coverage and one of the more questionable decisions he's made period. The second was a throw as he was getting drilled by a defender, which is more forgivable. On the plus side was his touchdown toss to James White, which was a nice deep floated ball between defenders as he was once again getting hit. His first touchdown was an easy one to Patterson, who was able to get open via a pick route from Josh Gordon. The second was more of a product of a great catch by Phillip Dorsett, who caught a pass while making a front flip in midair. Brady was aided by a run game firing much better than it did last week, and a defense that absolutely clamped down on the Dolphins. As Gordon gets further integrated and Edelman returns, Brady should continue to improve.
2018 Week 3 vs DET (14 / 26 / 133 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Talk about an ugly game. The Patriots were thoroughly outclassed for the second week in a row, and Tom Brady was no exception. A combination of awful defense, terrible playcalling, forcing a non-existent run game, weak passing game options, mediocre pass protection, and spotty QB play resulted in a game that should have been a bigger blowout. Despite being hampered by these things, Brady didn't light the world on fire. He missed open throws, including a surefire Rex Burkhead touchdown. His interception was an ugly one, floating a deep ball into double coverage when Phillip Dorsett was smothered in coverage. It was clear his 'weapons' were frustrating him, as the Lions simply double and triple teamed Gronk, giving him nowhere to go on most plays. The Pats were also dominated in time of possession in the first half due to a combo of three and outs on offense and sustained Lions drives on defense. The aforementioned playcalling was notable for Brady as well. Beyond one third quarter drive when the Pats look like themselves, it seemed the coaching staff was forcing the issue with Sony Michel, who had no run blocking and frankly, didn't look special at all. Better days should be ahead with Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon joining the fold on offense, but if the defense doesn't shape up, the Pats will have serious issues that could result in either shootouts or limited Brady throws, as we saw this week.
2018 Week 2 vs JAX (24 / 35 / 234 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Unable to get anything going for most of the day, Brady and the Pats offense as a whole were sluggish and at times, manhandled by the Jaguars defensive unit. As a result, the Pats didn't even score a touchdown. The defense did no favors either, and the game was nearly over at halftime, with a 21-3 deficit and the Jags receiving the ball first in the second half. Brady was under pressure plenty during the game, and curiously missed Gronk on several 1 on 1 opportunities. Most of his passes were out fairly quickly, but as routes didn't fully develop on many plays, he was forced to throw short to James White often. Brady did have a fumble on a sack due to immediate pressure given up by L'Adrian Waddle, which absolutely killed momentum, as the Pats D had just intercepted a ball of their own. The run game was absolutely horrendous as well, getting no significant plays of note despite over 20 rushing attempts. All in all, it was a forgettable performance for the offense, defense, and coaching staff all together.
2018 Week 1 vs HOU (26 / 39 / 277 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brady and the Pats offense came firing out of the gate, then slowed down a bit in the second half as the Texans defense found their legs. With an injury to Jeremy Hill, Sony Michel out, and the rest of the running game producing middling results, Brady was relied upon as usual to help carry the team despite a dearth of pass catchers. Only 13 of Brady's 39 attempts went to wide receivers, while 17 went to running backs. Unsurprisingly, his best connections were with Gronk, though Philip Dorsett played a surprisingly efficient chain mover role. Brady's first touchdown was a nice throw to Gronk placed just near the big tight end's back shoulder near the end zone on a deeper ball. Gronk was double covered, but naturally made the catch and scored anyways. The next two scores were fairly easy - one was to a wide open James White out of the backfield, and the other was to Dorsett on an out route. Brady did misfire several throws, including an easy touchdown toss to Rex Burkhead. All in all, though, he looked like the same old star for much of the game.
Latest NewsPatriots | Tom Brady throws for 358 yards (Sun Dec 9, 04:04 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady went 27-for-43 for 358 yards and three touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. Our View: Brady came through for fantasy teams and revived the value of Rob Gronkowski, but the lack of a touchdown on the last drive of the game left the Dolphins an opening for the Miami Miracle. Brady is a strong QB1 at Pittsburgh next week.
link to story Patriots | Week 14 injury report for New England (Fri Dec 7, 03:25 PM) - New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Miami Dolphins. TE Dwayne Allen (knee) was upgraded to a full practice Friday but is listed as questionable. QB Tom Brady (knee) and TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) were not given official practice designations Friday but do not appear on the injury report. S Patrick Chung (shoulder) returned to a full practice Friday and was also removed from the injury report. Our View: Gilmore's injury is new. He might be in danger of missing the game, which would make DeVante Parker a more interesting desperation play for Week 14.
link to story Patriots | Tom Brady off injury report (Thu Dec 6, 04:37 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6, and has been removed from the injury report for Week 14. link to story Patriots | Tom Brady a limited participant (Wed Dec 5, 06:05 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 5. link to story Patriots | Tom Brady goes over 300 yards again (Sun Dec 2, 10:21 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 24-of-32 passes for 311 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings. link to story More News
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