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Tom Brady

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterback #12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterback #12
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In elite form Sunday

Brady completed 24 of 36 passes for 276 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 48-25 win over the Falcons on Sunday. He also netted six yards on his sole rush.

Analysis: The numbers essentially tell the story, and Brady was as good as his final line implies. The future Hall of Famer continued his career-long dominance of the Falcons, hitting 10 different pass catchers overall while throwing a pair of touchdown passes apiece to Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski and another to Chris Godwin. Through two games, Brady appears to be maximizing his textbook knowledge of Bruce Arians' aggressive scheme, having already produced 655 passing yards and a 9:2 TD:INT. He'll have his first truly stiff challenge of the season in Week 3, however, as the Buccaneers will pay a visit to the Rams in a matchup of undefeated NFC squads.

Sep 19, 2021 4:48 PM EST

Outduels Prescott in wild win

Brady completed 32 of 50 passes for 379 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in the Buccaneers' 31-29 win over the Cowboys on Thursday night.

Analysis: The future Hall of Famer and his Buccaneers teammates looked to already be in midseason form with a nine-play, 94-yard march in the first quarter that culminated in a five-yard touchdown catch by Chris Godwin, but the battle was just getting started. Brady ultimately would be tested stringently by a sensational effort from opposite number Dak Prescott and his talented offensive teammates, but the 44-year-old responded by honing in on the trio of Antonio Brown, Godwin and Rob Gronkowski, who put together a combined 22-316-4 line for the night. Following his final touchdown toss of the contest, an 11-yarder to Gronkowski for the tight end's second score midway through the third quarter, Brady eventually led the Bucs on an 11-play, 57-yard drive that began with 1:29 remaining and was capped off by Ryan Succop's game-winning 36-yard field goal. With one major fantasy-friendly performance already under his belt, Brady will look to put together a comparable encore in a Week 2 home battle against the Falcons.

Sep 9, 2021 9:20 PM EST

Had February bout with COVID

Brady recently revealed he was infected with COVID-19 back in February, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Brady apparently tested positive shortly after the Buccaneers' championship boat parade, although the bout with the virus doesn't appear to have impeded his offseason training in any manner. The future Hall of Fame quarterback also underwent offseason knee surgery but was able to practice without restrictions in training camp and thrive during preseason action, leaving him primed for Thursday's Week 1 home showdown against the returning Dak Prescott and his Cowboys teammates.

Sep 4, 2021 9:43 PM EST

Looks ready to go

Brady completed 11 of 14 passes for 154 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Analysis: Brady handled the team's first three drives in the preseason finale. He got off to a slow start, going three-and-out on the first drive. On the next possession, the team played exclusively in a hurry-up offense and out of shotgun, during which Brady completed multiple passes to Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. The drive ended with a 24-yard toss to Godwin to reach the end zone. Brady has nothing to prove in the preseason at this point in his career, though he certainly appears ready for a Week 1 matchup against Dallas.

Aug 28, 2021 11:20 PM EST

Unlikely to play Saturday

Coach Bruce Arians doesn't anticipate Brady playing in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After making a cameo in the Buccaneers' exhibition opener this past Saturday versus the Bengals, Brady may not see in-game action again until Week 1, limiting him to just one preseason possession. If the preceding comes to pass, rookie second-rounder Kyle Trask could be in line for plenty of snaps with the rest of the QB room composed of veterans Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin.

Aug 16, 2021 4:49 PM EST

Expected to start Saturday

Brady will start Saturday's preseason opener against Cincinnati unless rain creates poor field conditions, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: The forecast calls for rain in Cincinnati on Friday, but everything should be clear long before the 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff Saturday evening. Brady likely will play one or two drives in the first quarter before giving way to fellow QBs Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Griffin and Kyle Trask.

Aug 12, 2021 7:47 AM EST

Expected to play Saturday

Coach Bruce Arians suggested Brady will play in Saturday's preseason game against Cincinnati, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Arians was asked about Brady specifically and responded that "everyone" would play. There was no preseason in Brady's first year with the team, but Arians did play most of his starters (including Jameis Winston) in the 2019 exhibition opener. Brady doesn't seem to have any limitations after February surgery to address a torn MCL, and it sounds like he'll be out there Saturday, if only for a series or two.

Aug 9, 2021 8:10 AM EST

Practicing without brace

Brady is practicing without a brace or wrap over his surgically repaired knee, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: Brady played through an MCL tear last season and then had surgery to repair the injury in February. He made it back for June minicamp as a partial participant, and it seems he's now cleared for the start of training camp, preparing to defend his title on a Bucs team that looks much the same as last year's Super Bowl-winning squad. There were some close calls in free agency, but the Bucs ultimately re-signed Leonard Fournette, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski, along with defensive starters Shaquil Barrett, Lavonte David and Ndamukong Suh. While a lack of rushing stats may keep him below the elite group of quarterbacks for fantasy purposes, Brady is in a good situation for prolific passing numbers, especially TDs.

Jul 26, 2021 7:11 AM EST

Rehabbing from MCL tear

Brady (knee) played through an MCL tear last season, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday that Brady initially suffered a partial MCL tear in his final season with the Patriots but played through the injury in 2020 before getting surgery in February. Rapoport now suggests it was a full MCL tear, further adding to Brady's legend. In any case, the veteran quarterback participated in a portion of June minicamp, perhaps setting him up to be ready for the start of minicamp in late July. As was the case last season, Brady will have one of the better supporting casts in the NFL, including a WR trio of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown.

Jul 15, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Nearly healed from knee surgery

Head coach Bruce Arians said Brady (knee) took part in more drills than anticipated in Tuesday's minicamp session, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: According to Arians, Brady was only held out of blitz-pickup drills, an indication the Buccaneers are comfortable with where the veteran quarterback stands in his recovery from the surgery he underwent on his left knee in February. Brady could continue to face some light restrictions when training camp begins in a month and a half, but any limitations would likely just be precautionary.

Jun 8, 2021 7:58 AM EST

Soon to resume throwing

Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Brady (knee) will begin throwing next week, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: Arians said he told Brady to "just take your time and make sure you're right," an hint that the veteran signal-caller could be eased back into action when June's mandatory minicamp kicks off. Previous indications had been that Brady would begin mandatory minicamp as a full participant, but it wouldn't be shocking for him to be limited early. All indications have been that Brady's rehab from offseason knee surgery is proceeding on track, and being cleared to resume throwing is another positive step. He should be back to full form before long.

May 14, 2021 12:49 PM EST

Knee surgery worse than thought

Brady's offseason knee surgery was far more serious than initially assumed but the veteran quarterback still projects to be available for mandatory minicamp in June, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Brady himself contradicted reports earlier in the offseason the veteran quarterback was simply undergoing a simple "clean-up procedure", but it's unclear how serious in nature the surgery actually was. All the reports post-surgery seem to indicate Brady's rehab is going according to plan, but it still wouldn't be shocking if the Buccaneers ease the 43-year-old back into playing shape.

May 14, 2021 8:34 AM EST

Hoping to be ready for minicamp

Brady said Sunday that his recovery from offseason surgery continues to progress well, and he's hoping to be ready by mandatory minicamp in June, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: Brady's rehab continues to go as planned, and it sounds like his knee should be fully healed well before the start of the season. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Buccaneers take it easy on the veteran quarterback in preseason since he has little to gain from exhibition games at this point in his career, but Brady should be firing on all cylinders by the time the games start to count.

Apr 18, 2021 10:11 PM EST

Recovery progressing well

General manager Jason Licht said Thursday that Brady (knee) is progressing "very well" in his recovery from the "minor surgical procedure" he underwent February, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Licht declined to offer a specific timetable for the star quarterback's full recovery, but it doesn't look like this offseason's minor knee surgery is causing any concern for Brady as he looks toward his age-44 campaign. Coach Bruce Arians said back in February that he expects Brady to be ready for 7-on-7 drills by June, if the league allows such activities by then. Arians also mentioned that OTAs aren't necessarily crucial for a veteran of Brady's caliber. In any case, there don't appear to be any doubts within the Buccaneers' organization that Brady will be back to 100 percent form in time to kick off the 2021 regular season.

Apr 1, 2021 6:19 PM EST

Extension finalized

Brady (knee) and the Buccaneers agreed to terms Friday on a contract extension that will lock him up through the 2022 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Brady's deal is a four-year extension that voids to a one-year extension. The exact terms of the contract have yet to surface, though Ian Rapoport of NFL Network notes that the three voidable years allow the Buccaneers to retain some cap space while locking up the seven-time Super Bowl champion for the next two seasons. Heading into his age-44 season, Brady is no doubt cognizant of Tampa Bay's challenges to keep the talent-abundant roster around him intact. The team has already applied the franchise tag to Chris Godwin, and reducing Brady's cap hit could assist with efforts to re-sign the likes of Rob Gronkowsi, Shaqulle Barrett and Leonard Fournette.

Mar 12, 2021 7:26 AM EST

Should be ready for OTAs

Brady underwent successful knee surgery last week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Head coach Bruce Arians said that this was a clean-up procedure, but Rapoport relayed that it was slightly more serious than Arians indicated. Nevertheless, Brady is expected to be ready if the league allows the offseason program to begin in May or June, and he'll certainly be ready for the 2021 season. As he heads into his age-44 season, it's still uncertain whether he'll still be defending the title with pending free agents Leonard Fournette, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown or Chris Godwin, although the latter said he would play under the franchise tag.

Mar 3, 2021 4:36 PM EST

Scheduled for minor surgery

Brady will have offseason surgery to address discomfort in his knee, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This doesn't sound like anything serious that would still be a problem in August or September, but it is possible Brady misses offseason practices if the Bucs are able to hold any. All signs point to the veteran QB sticking around for 2021, his age-44 season, leading a star-studded team that has a bunch of key players scheduled for free agency. The group includes Leonard Fournette, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski, though the latter doesn't seem inclined to play for any team besides Tampa.

Feb 11, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Efficient, mistake-free in SB win

Brady completed 21 of 29 passes for 201 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday. He also netted minus-1 yard on four carries and committed a fumble that he recovered.

Analysis: While the passing yardage was positively ordinary, it doesn't come close to telling the tale of how effective Brady was in his 10th Super Bowl appearance. The future Hall of Famer's vast experience in the highest-stakes game of the year was evident during a highly efficient first half in which Brady compiled all three of his passing touchdowns. The 43-year-old connected with Rob Gronkowski for scoring tosses of eight and 17 yards before hitting Antonio Brown from one yard out just before halftime. With the Buccaneers holding a 21-6 lead to open the second half, coach Bruce Arians then increasingly leaned on the running game and his suffocating defense, which negated the need to go with a pass-heavy approach at any point during the second half. Despite a relatively quiet last two quarters, Brady's seventh Super Bowl title still saw him turn in one his trademark mistake-free performances. Every indication is that Brady will return for his 22nd season in 2021, and in fact, there is already talk a contract extension may be in the works.

Feb 7, 2021 7:23 PM EST

Could play beyond 2021?

Brady suggested Monday that he could continue playing in the NFL after his current contract expires, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Currently in the first season of a two-year contract, Brady is one win away from his seventh Super Bowl ring. Both Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski have hinted at staying in Tampa Bay for the 2021 campaign, and it now sounds like the legendary QB could stick around even longer. As for the immediate future, Brady will face the Chiefs on Sunday, becoming the first QB to start a Super Bowl in his home stadium.

Feb 1, 2021 12:08 PM EST

Works through picks in historic win

Brady completed 20 of 36 passes for 280 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Brady and the Buccaneers navigated more than their fair share of adversity throughout the hard-fought victory, and the future Hall of Famer personally had to endure a trio of interceptions in the second half that helped bring the Packers back into the game and change the dynamic of what appeared to be turning into a rout after Brady's third touchdown pass. The turnovers somewhat marred the 43-year-old's final stat line, but he still leveraged his unmatched experience in high-stakes postseason games to calmly connect with Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski for critical completions of 11 and 29 yards on a mid-fourth-quarter drive that lead to a crucial Ryan Succop field goal which extended the lead back to eight points. Brady finished the team's three-game postseason road path to a homefield Super Bowl with multiple touchdown passes in each playoff contest, and he and his teammates will now ready themselves to face either the Bills or Chiefs in two weeks at Raymond James Stadium.

Jan 24, 2021 3:36 PM EST

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