Brady completed 29 of 43 passes for 246 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 23-17 overtime loss to the Browns on Sunday. He also rushed once for two yards.
Analysis: Brady's final numbers were perfectly adequate from a fantasy perspective, but he repeatedly failed to move the Buccaneers late in the game and overtime, leading to the team's sixth loss of the campaign. Brady took three sacks and was unofficially hit on another three occasions, and Tampa Bay was forced to punt on six of its last seven possessions, including overtime, with the exception the final drive of regulation that culminated in a Hail Mary attempt. Brady did toss touchdown passes to Chris Godwin and Ko Kieft of 10 and five yards, respectively, making it two straight game with multiple scoring tosses for the future Hall of Famer. Brady will aim for a much more efficient outing from a scoring perspective in a Week 13 Monday night home matchup against the division-rival Saints.
Nov 27, 2022 1:59 PM EST
Brady completed 22 of 29 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 21-16 win over Seattle.
Analysis: Brady was involved in a few miscues, most significant of which was an interception early in the third quarter that helped Seattle get back in the game. However, he also threw for touchdowns of 31 and four yards -- his first multi-touchdown effort since Week 4 and only his second such performance on the season. Interestingly, the Buccaneers were heavily focused on the run game, which forced Brady to perform efficiently to post the solid line. That will be a storyline worth watching as Tampa Bay comes out of its bye week and into a Week 12 matchup against the Browns.
Nov 13, 2022 10:27 AM EST
Brady completed 36 of 58 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Rams.
Analysis: His only TD pass of the day came with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter, as the 45-year-old quarterback found rookie tight end Cade Otton for the winning score. Brady's 55th career game-winning drive came not too long after he passed 100,000 career passing yards, with both marks being NFL records. Tampa Bay's struggling run game has forced Brady to attempt at least 40 passes in seven straight games, but that high volume has produced only a 6.4 YPA and 8:0 TD:INT heading into a Week 10 clash with the Seahawks in Germany.
Nov 6, 2022 7:04 PM EST
Brady completed 26 of 44 passes for 325 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 27-22 loss to the Ravens on Thursday night. He also rushed once for one yard.
Analysis: Brady finished with yet another aesthetically pleasing stat line, albeit in yet another loss for the shockingly struggling Buccaneers. The future Hall of Famer and his teammates on the offensive side of the ball opened the game looking exceedingly sharp, with Brady leading Tampa Bay to 10 points over its first two possessions while netting 125 yards on 18 plays. However, the Bucs would go on to net all of 56 yards on their next five possessions while the Ravens worked their way from a 10-3 deficit to 17-13 lead. Brady did helm a pair of long drives that ended in field goals and one final 11-play march which culminated in an eight-yard touchdown toss to Julio Jones with 49 seconds left. While there are plenty of questions to answer for the entire offense, Brady is rewarding fantasy managers with a trio of 300-yard efforts in the last five games and a 9:1 TD:INT heading into a Week 9 road showdown against the Rams a week from Sunday.
Oct 27, 2022 8:44 PM EST
Brady completed 32 of 49 passes for 290 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Buccaneers' 20-3 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. He also rushed once for one yard and recovered a fumble.
Analysis: For the second straight week, Brady put up aesthetically pleasing numbers in an underwhelming performance for the Buccaneers offense. The future Hall of Famer took only one sack, stayed away from turnovers and connected with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin for a combined 16 completions and 139 yards, and yet somehow failed to lead the Bucs to a single touchdown. It was Brady's first game without a scoring toss since the Week 4 win over the Patriots last season, and he and his pass catchers are once again left searching for answers going into a short week ahead of a Week 8 interconference showdown with the Ravens on Thursday night.
Oct 23, 2022 1:18 PM EST
Brady completed 25 of 40 passes for 243 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 20-18 loss to the Steelers on Sunday. He also ran once for no gain and committed a fumble recovered by Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Brady and his pass catchers faced a Steelers secondary decimated by injury Sunday, and even though he generated respectable numbers and didn't commit any turnovers, the performance was a continuation of what has been a perplexingly sluggish start for the Buccaneers offense as a whole. Brady was able to connect with top targets Chris Godwin and Mike Evans on 10 occasions for 137 yards, but neither receiver found the end zone. Instead, Brady's one touchdown toss went to Leonard Fournette from 11 yards out late in the fourth quarter to cap off a mammoth 14-play, 73-yard drive. However, Brady would never get the ball back to attempt to mount a game-winning drive after that point, leaving him and the Bucs to try and atone in a Week 7 road divisional battle against the Panthers.
Oct 16, 2022 2:03 PM EST
Brady completed 35 of 52 passes for 351 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 21-15 win over the Falcons on Sunday. He also netted minus-3 yards on three rushes and threw a two-point conversion pass.
Analysis: Brady's final stat line belies the overall inefficiency the air attack occasionally struggled with, but after starting the game 0-for-3, the future Hall of Famer sharpened up his overall play considerably. Brady checked down to Leonard Fournette a whopping 11 times overall, and he otherwise focused heavily on Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and rookie tight end Cade Otton on a day when he played with a short-handed receiving corps yet again. Brady's reputation may have well helped ensure the victory for the Buccaneers as well, considering he was the beneficiary of a highly questionable roughing the passer penalty on a third-down sack that would have given the Falcons the ball back down six with just under three minutes remaining. Brady has now thrown for 736 yards in his last two games alone, giving him plenty of momentum heading into a Week 6 road matchup against the Steelers.
Oct 9, 2022 1:56 PM EST
Brady (shoulder/finger) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Though Brady sat out Wednesday's session with right shoulder and right ring finger injuries, the absence ended up mirroring the regular veteran maintenance days he's expected to receive for the Buccaneers' first practice of every week this season. According to Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site, Brady said after Thursday's practice that his shoulder "feels great," and his ability to take every rep clears up any lingering concern about his availability for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Brady is coming off a season-best Week 4 performance in which he completed 39 of 52 pass attempts for 385 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to the Chiefs, but the Buccaneers essentially abandoned the run after falling into an early deficit. Expect a more balanced game plan Week 5, which will likely result in lesser passing volume for Brady.
Oct 6, 2022 1:43 PM EST
Brady (shoulder/finger) was spotted on the field during the open portion of Thursday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: A sore right shoulder as well as a pre-existing right ring finger injury kept Brady off the field Wednesday, but maintenance-based absences during the first practices of each week had already been the norm for the 45-year-old quarterback. Brady's return to practice a day later suggests his appearance on the Week 5 injury report isn't a major concern, though it's not yet clear if he'll go down as a limited or full participant Thursday. Sara Walsh of NFL Network notes that Brady didn't appear to have any restrictions while throwing the football, so he looks well on his way to starting Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Oct 6, 2022 9:11 AM EST
Brady (right shoulder/right finger) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Brady banged up his right ring finger Week 2 at New Orleans and now is dealing with a right shoulder concern. Wednesday's absence may be a maintenance-related for the 45-year-old quarterback, and he does have two more chances to mix into drills this week. As a result, Brady's status should continue to be watched to ensure he isn't in danger of sitting out Sunday against the Falcons.
Oct 5, 2022 1:38 PM EST
Brady completed 39 of 52 pass attempts for 385 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 41-31 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Tampa Bay fell behind big early, forcing offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich to abandon the run game completely and rely solely on Brady's arm to climb back into the contest. It was a valiant effort from Tom Terrific and Co., but they ultimately fell short. It is worth noting that Brady appeared to be favoring his right shoulder after taking a big hit late in the first half. The 45-year-old didn't appear limited by the minor injury scare in the second half, so Brady's fantasy managers can breathe heading into a Week 5 tilt against Atlanta.
Oct 2, 2022 9:37 PM EST
Brady completed 31 of 42 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 14-12 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: Brady saw Tampa Bay's offense struggle for much of Sunday's contest while without his top three wideouts. Still, the 45-year-old nearly led his team back to force overtime. While a one-yard touchdown to Russell Gage with 14 seconds left put the Buccaneers on the brink, a delay of game on their subsequent two-point conversion attempt hurt Brady's comeback chances and contributed toward a narrow defeat. As he now prepares for Week 4's matchup versus Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, Brady will be eager to get top wideout Mike Evans back from suspension and hope fellow targets Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) can return as well.
Sep 25, 2022 5:04 PM EST
Brady (right finger) practiced fully and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Analysis: On Monday, Brady said on his "Let's Go!" podcast that he hurt the ring finger on his right throwing hand during the Buccaneers' Week 2 win at New Orleans. At the time, he noted soreness would be the primary side effect, and indeed he was seen shaking that hand numerous times during the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. Still, Brady wasn't listed on the team's Week 3 injury report until Friday as a full participant. Brady's status thus isn't in question for Sunday, but he won't have Mike Evans (suspension) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) at his disposal, while running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and wide receivers Julio Jones (knee), Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee) all are questionable to play.
Sep 23, 2022 3:35 PM EST
Brady, who was a full participant in Thursday's practice after his usual veteran's day off Wednesday, appeared to be bothered at times by an issue with the ring finger on his throwing hand, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Brady conceded on his "Let's Go!" podcast Monday that he'd hurt the finger against the Saints in Week 2, noting he'd "banged it up pretty good" during the contest but adding he didn't feel it affected him whatsoever during the Buccaneers' 20-10 win. However, four days later, he was spotted shaking his right hand multiple times during the portion of practice open to the media. Nevertheless, Brady is one of the few skill-position players on the team that's yet to sport an injury designation this week, and that's unlikely to change when the final injury report ahead of Sunday's Week 3 home showdown against the Packers is issued sometime Friday afternoon.
Sep 22, 2022 10:50 PM EST
Brady completed 18 of 34 passes for 190 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 20-10 win over the Saints on Sunday. He also netted minus-2 yards on three rushes and lost a fumble.
Analysis: Brady went into what had already been a proverbial house of horrors for him since joining the Buccaneers -- the Caesars Superdome -- short-handed at receiver with both Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) sidelined. He then lost Mike Evans to an ejection early in the fourth quarter due to his part in a brawl, but the future Hall of Fame signal-caller managed to do his part to get Tampa Bay a tough road win. Brady's 28-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline to Breshad Perriman on a beautifully thrown ball midway through the fourth quarter snapped a 3-3 tie, and Mike Edwards subsequently lent the offense a helping hand with a 68-yard pick-six. Brady will naturally hope to have a healthier receiving corps for the Bucs' home opener next Sunday against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Sep 18, 2022 1:59 PM EST
Brady completed 18 of 27 passes for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Buccaneers' 19-3 win over the Cowboys on Sunday night. He also netted minus-1 yard on two rushes.
Analysis: It was a very modest line by Brady's typical standards, but the efficient performance was more than enough on a night when the Buccaneers defense mostly dominated a short-handed Cowboys offense. Brady also was working with offseason addition Russell Gage for the first time in a game setting and was welcoming back Chris Godwin in the wideout's first game after a lightning-fast recovery from a late-season ACL tear in 2021. Brady's night started off with a flourish in the form of 24- and 20-yard completions to Godwin and Mike Evans, respectively, and although too many drives ended in field goals, the future Hall of Fame quarterback closed out the scoring with a five-yard touchdown pass to Evans late in the third quarter. Given Brady missed some time due to a personal matter during training camp, there may still have been some rust to knock off Sunday night; he'll look to be even sharper in a tough Week 2 road assignment against the NFC South rival Saints, which have given the 45-year-old signal-caller plenty of trouble since he arrived in Tampa Bay.
Sep 11, 2022 8:36 PM EST
Brady will make his 22nd consecutive Week 1 start in Sunday's game against the Cowboys and is heading into what's expected to be his 23rd and final NFL season, sources with knowledge of his thinking tell Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Analysis: Given that Brady previously announced his retirement Feb. 1 only to announce his intentions to continue his playing career 40 days later, it's not overly surprising that he's preparing for a likely swan song in 2022. As Rapoport notes, Brady has publicly and privately stated in the past that he intends to play until age 45, and he just celebrated his 45th birthday Aug. 3. Since ending his brief retirement and signing a restructured contract with Tampa Bay, Brady has had a far from normal training camp, as he notably missed 11 days of practice while tending to a personal matter. He rejoined the Bucs on Aug. 22 and looked sharp in his lone preseason action, completing six of eight pass attempts for 44 yards in a game against the Colts five days after his return to camp. Coming off consecutive 40-touchdown campaigns with Tampa Bay and backed by a loaded receiving corps that added Russell Gage and Julio Jones to complement Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Brady looks like a strong fantasy option in 2022, though not one without some risk. In addition to his age being a concern, Brady no longer has tight end Rob Gronkowski at his disposal, and the Bucs' offensive line suffered major personnel losses with the retirement of standout guard Ali Marpet and the loss of center Ryan Jensen to a season-ending knee injury.
Sep 11, 2022 6:09 AM EST
Brady completed six of eight passes for 44 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Buccaneers' 27-10 preseason loss to the Colts on Saturday night.
Analysis: Brady was in for just one series but got plenty of work during it, including a 20-yard completion to Julio Jones, his first official in-game connection with the veteran receiver. The future Hall of Fame signal-caller managed to help the Buccaneers get down to the Colts' 12-yard line before Ryan Succop capped off the drive with a 30-yard field goal. Following a recent 11-day sabbatical from the team for personal reasons, Brady reportedly put together several strong practices and then got a taste of live action Saturday, so he should be ready to roll for a Week 1 Sunday night showdown against the Cowboys on Sept. 11.
Aug 27, 2022 7:47 PM EST
With coach Todd Bowles relaying that the Buccaneers plan to use their healthy players in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, Brady is in line to start the contest, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Per Stroud, the Bucs are looking to get Brady some game action behind the team's offensive line ahead of Week 1. While it's uncertain how long the veteran QB will out there Saturday, once Brady exits the game, Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask also figure to see signal-caller snaps.
Aug 25, 2022 9:29 AM EST
Brady threw the ball well during his first practice Monday following an 11-day sabbatical from the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Brady jumped right back into drills Monday and apparently looked like he hadn't missed a beat, with veteran tight end Cameron Brate noting the future Hall of Famer was "kind of firing on all cylinders again." Brady's knowledge of the offense is such that a brief time away shouldn't have any tangible effect on his regular-season readiness, and his Monday return notably coincided with Mike Evans' first practice since an Aug. 5 hamstring injury, as well as Chris Godwin's (knee) debut in 11-on-11 drills.
Aug 22, 2022 8:36 PM EST
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