Tom BradyNE -QB Brady "only has a few years left"
The Patriots "truly feel that Tom Brady only has a few years left," according to insider Mike Freeman. No surprise there. Turning 37 in August, Brady is the 2nd-oldest starting QB in the league. He's still one of the best, but his completion rate has dipped in 4 straight seasons. His 6.9 yards-per-attempt average was his worst mark in a full season since 2006. New England is expected to add a QB -- potentially Brady's successor -- in next month's draft. QB Ryan Mallet is a free agent next offseason.
Tom BradyNE -QB Brady back at practice Thursday
Patriots QB Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with an illness. "I'm doing very well, thank you," Brady said when asked how he was feeling. "Had a good day of practice. Good to get back on track." This is a non-story as we head toward Sunday's AFC Championship.
Tom BradyNE -QB Brady misses Wednesday's practice with illness
Patriots QB Tom Brady did not practice on Wednesday. He was spotted at the team's facility in the morning but headed home before practice. A source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Brady is sick but will be fine for Sunday's AFC Championship game. It's the 1st practice Brady has missed all season but shouldn't be an issue this weekend.
Tom BradyNE -QB Brady is Gronk-less the rest of the season
Patriots QB Tom Brady will be without TE Rob Gronkowski, his best receiver, the rest of the season. Brady's 2nd-half resurgence was fueled by Gronk's return. In the TE's 6 full games, Brady averaged 298 yards and 1.8 TDs. His 17.7 fantasy points per game over that span ranked 10th among QBs. Brady was even better over the final 4 games of that stretch, averaging 23.9 points per game. That, of course, followed an abysmal start to the season without Gronk. Brady averaged 247 yards and 1.3 TDs in the 6 games before Gronk debuted. He was 16th among QBs in fantasy points during that span. It's worth noting that Brady was also without WR Danny Amendola and RB Shane Vereen for most of that stretch. Both those guys are healthy now, so Brady should be better than he was to open the season. But he still looks like just a low-end QB1 without Gronkowski. Brady gets Miami's 3rd-ranked QB defense next week, followed by Baltimore's 12th-ranked unit in Week 16.
Tom BradyNE -QB Brady hurts a finger
Patriots QB Tom Brady practiced Saturday with the middle and ring fingers on his throwing hand taped together, according to the Boston Herald. No injury had been reported previously, though he could be seen flexing the hand during the loss to the Jets. Brady, of course, gave only a stock answer about dealing with "bumps and bruises." We'll have to see whether the issue impacts his throwing. It certainly won't help a guy completing just 55% of his passes on the season.
Tom BradyNE -QB Brady practices Thursday
Patriots QB Tom Brady practiced on Thursday, a day after going down with what turned out to be an incredibly minor knee injury. It was a "light" practice, per NFL Network. And Brady was sporting a brace on that left knee. But he wouldn't be out there at all if he or the team was at all concerned about his health. Brady is even hoping to play in Friday's preseason game. Consider this a non-issue going forward.
Tom BradyNE -QB Brady suffered "more of a bruise"
The news keeps getting better and better for Patriots QB Tom Brady. Sources tell ESPN's Ed Werder that Brady suffered "more of a bruise," rather than a knee sprain. "He basically got kicked," the source explained. Brady attended team meetings last night and might practice today. He's even expected to play in New England's preseason game on Friday. There's clearly nothing to worry about with that knee. Draft Brady as you normally would.
Tom BradyNE -QB Brady day-to-day with sprained knee
An MRI on Patriots QB Tom Brady's left knee came back clean, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Brady is considered day-to-day with a sprained knee. The Pats will continue to monitor the knee -- the same one in which Brady tore his ACL back in 2008 -- but it sounds like he'll be back on the practice field soon. "Patriots Nation can exhale," Schefter tweeted. So can Brady's fantasy owners.
Tom BradyNE -QB Brady leaves practice with knee problem
Patriots QB Tom Brady tweaked his left knee in practice on Wednesday. Here's a video of the play when Brady went down. He walked off the field under his own power, returned after missing just 1 play, but then left practice with a trainer. He didn't look completely comfortable, according to insider Greg Bedard. Ben Volin said Brady was "clearly concerned" about the knee. Note that this is the same knee that cost Brady almost the entire 2008 season. This sounds like a minor injury at this point, but we'll keep our eyes on the situation.
Tom BradyNE -QB Brady looks sharp in scrimmages
Patriots QB Tom Brady appears to be in midseason form. He's dominated the Eagles in scrimmages over the past 2 days. "Brady feasted on the Eagles’ suspect secondary over the last two days
during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills," Eagles insider John Gonzalez writes. "On Tuesday, he threw several
touchdowns during red-zone sessions and went long stretches without an
incompletion." We have no doubt that Brady will continue to perform at a high level this season. The significant losses among his pass-catching corps lower his fantasy ceiling, but he'll still produce as a solid starter. His ADP is still sitting in the 5th round, but we've seen him drop into the 7th or 8th in recent drafts. He's a fine value there.
Tom BradyNE -QB Patriots projections updated
We just updated our projections for the Aaron Hernandez-less Patriots. New England suddenly has one of the weakest pass-catching corps in the league. 4 of last year’s top 5 pass-catchers are now gone (Welker, Lloyd, Hernandez and Woodhead). The other, Rob Gronkowski, is questionable for the start of the season. Tom Brady is facing a tall task. We moved him down our QB rankings. Meanwhile, WRs Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman both moved up. Amendola should be a target monster in his debut season with the Pats. And reports out of minicamp had him clicking with Brady. We’re interested to see what kind of role Edelman plays in 2013. It looked like he was taking over for Welker as the primary slot receiver early last season. But the biggest winner from the Hernandez release is TE Jake Ballard. He’s nowhere near as talented as Hernandez but could post useful fantasy numbers if New England continues to deploy as many 2-TE sets as they have over the past few years. Draft Sharks Insiders can click here to view our updated Patriots projections.
Tom BradyNE -QB Brady won't be affected by Tebow
ESPN's Adam Schefter says Patriots QB Tom Brady "will not lose a play" this season, despite the addition of Tim Tebow. No surprise there. Brady doesn't need much help in short yardage. He's converted 49 straight 3rd-and-1 or 4th-and-1 runs. And he's popped in 7 rushing TDs from inside the 5-yard line over the past 2 seasons. The Patriots as a team scored on a league-best 70% of their red-zone possessions last year. The Tebow signing will have no impact on Brady's 2013 fantasy value.
Tom BradyNE -QB agrees to 3-year extension
The Patriots and QB Tom Brady have agreed to a 3-year contract extension. Brady is now signed in New England through 2017. He'll be 40 years old when the deal expires, essentially guaranteeing that Brady will retire a Patriot. What's more interesting is that the new part of the contract pays Brady "just" $27 million -- or $9 million per year. That's significantly less than the going rate for top QBs. Remember that Joe Flacco is asking for something in the $20-million-per-year range. The move gives the Pats some much-needed salary cap relief. They're expected to save about $15 million against the cap over the next 2 years. So Brady is locked in with New England, and his team will be able to spend more on free agents. The news gives Brady's dynasty stock a nice boost.
Tom BradyNE -QB aggravated shoulder injury in Super Bowl
Patriots insider Tom Curran confirms that QB Tom Brady aggravated his injured shoulder on a 3rd-quarter sack by Giants DE Justin Tuck in the Super Bowl. It was obvious to anyone watching the game that Brady was in some pain after the hit. After that play, he completed just 7 of 16 passes for 75 yards and 1 INT, although a few of those balls were dropped. Brady originally injured the shoulder in Week 16. He missed some practice time but no games. Curran reports that Brady's offseason work will not be impacted by the injury. It won't be an issue in fantasy drafts this summer.
Tom BradyNE -QB back at practice Thursday
As expected, Patriots QB Tom Brady (non-throwing shoulder) returned to practice on Thursday. The injury isn't an issue. Brady will be a full-go for Sunday's AFC Championship against the Ravens.
Tom BradyNE -QB held out Wednesday
Patriots QB Tom Brady was held out of Wednesday's practice with the minor left shoulder injury he suffered in Week 16. In the 2 games since, he's tossed for 701 yards and 9 TDs. Safe to say it's not an issue. Brady will be fine for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Tom BradyNE -QB active
As expected, Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Bills. He'll play his usual number of snaps and is a must-start in fantasy.
Tom BradyNE -QB probable for Week 17
Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) is listed as probable for this weekend's game against the Bills. He threw the ball on Thursday and Friday. Insider Albert Breer reports that Brady is dealing with a sprained left (non-throwing) shoulder. "It's not an instability problem," a source tells Breer, just an issue of "pain control." Brady is fully expected to start Sunday in a game New England needs to win to lock up the AFC's #1 seed. He remains a must-start.
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