Brady completed 25 of 38 passes for 297 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday. He also netted zero yards on five rushes and had one fumble, but it was recovered by the offense.
Brady unsurprisingly appears to be getting more comfortable in coach Bruce Arians' offense with each passing week, with Sunday's performance his most efficient yet in his three-game Buccaneers tenure. The future Hall of Famer continued to display excellent chemistry with MIke Evans near the goal line, hitting the Pro Bowl receiver for a pair of one-yard touchdown tosses. He also found Chris Godwin (hamstring), who'd missed Week 2 with a concussion, for another score, and he connected most often with Rob Gronkowski, hitting his long-time tight end on six occasions. All told, it was a comfortable win for the now 2-1 Bucs, who will look to stay hot in a Week 4 home battle against the Chargers.
Brady completed 23 of 35 passes for 217 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Buccaneers' 31-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also netted zero yards on his one rush and lost a fumble.
Following a season-opening loss to the Saints in which he threw two interceptions, including a pick-six, Brady checked into Sunday's second straight divisional matchup looking to right the ship. Despite being hampered by the absence of Chris Godwin (concussion), the future Hall of Famer was able to put together a solid effort that nevertheless saw him commit two turnovers once again. However, as opposed to his miscues against New Orleans, the mistakes didn't come at critical moments for the Buccaneers. Brady also commemorated his second touchdown pass to Mike Evans in style, hitting his top wideout for a nifty 23-yard score in the latter portion of the first quarter to up Tampa Bay's lead to 13-0 pending Ryan Succop's extra point, and he saw running back LeSean McCoy drop a perfectly placed pass in the end zone that would have given him a second scoring toss. Brady clearly still has some more kinks to work out while adapting to coach Bruce Arians' scheme, and having Godwin potentially back at his disposal in a Week 3 interconference road battle against the Broncos would help in that regard.
Brady completed 23 of 36 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in Sunday's 34-23 loss to the Saints. He also ran three times for nine yards and a touchdown.
While accounting for three scores, including a surprising two-yard TD scamper in the first quarter, is far from a terrible performance, Brady also did his best Jameis Winston impression in the third quarter when he tossed a pick-six to Janoris Jenkins, putting the Bucs in a 24-7 hole they were never able to climb out of. Brady is still adjusting to his new system and new teammates, so some initial hiccups should probably be expected. He should be able to put together a better result in Week 2 against a Panthers defense that got lit up for 34 points by the Raiders in its opener.
Brady's day off from practice Friday was planned in order to give him consecutive days of rest, with the Buccaneers idle as a team Saturday, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
The prize offseason acquisition has exceeded his already lofty expectations in early camp practices by all accounts, with long-time teammate and fellow new arrival Rob Gronkowski noting Thursday that Brady's arm seems even stronger than back during the tight end's rookie 2010 campaign. After a highly productive first week-plus of on-field work, Arians decided to give Brady a proverbial veteran's day off from the daily late-summer grind, jokingly noting he expects his quarterback to be "fresh as daisies" when he gets back to work Sunday.
Brady had a good first several days of training camp and seems to be adapting well to both the Florida heat and coach Bruce Arians' offense, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "Yeah he's probably the least of my worries right now," Arians said Thursday. "He's where he needs to be."
The 21-year-veteran has gotten off to a solid start by all accounts, although he only faced coordinator Todd Bowles' aggressive and complex defense for the first time Friday. The Buccaneers will progress to their first padded practice Monday, at which point Arians notes Brady will be challenged with processing information and testing his grasp of the offense "at a much higher pace." That process already began Friday, and Carmen Vitali of the team's official site notes Mike Edwards recorded the first interception off the legendary quarterback with a great read on a sideline route, but he adds that Brady also made a number of impressive completions to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard and Rob Gronkowski during the full-speed, non-padded practice.
Brady was described by head coach Bruce Arians on Tuesday as being "way ahead of the curve" in learning the Buccaneers' offense, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. "He's a very bright guy," Arians added. "The terminology was the big thing and as we now get together, starting tomorrow, we'll start to collaborate a little bit more. I think he's in a great spot right now as far as that goes."
Naturally, Brady, Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich haven't had any time together as of yet, although that's about to change with training camp kicking off. However, Brady received Arians' playbook soon after signing and subsequently held informal workouts for several weeks at Berkeley Preparatory School in the Tampa area with all of his key offensive teammates. Consequently, the future Hall of Famer has a strong foundation of the offense coming into camp, and Jenna Laine of ESPN.com previously reported that Arians and Brady will work closely together moving forward on tailoring what they can of the existing system into what the quarterback is most comfortable with. However, it does bear noting Arians isn't planning on coming close to overhauling an aggressive downfield attack he's had considerable success with, calling the process he and Brady will go through as "meeting in the middle" and emphasizing he won't ask the rest of his players "to learn something new when they've already had a good year and good experiences in this offense."
Brady continues to lead private workouts with teammates at a Tampa area high school despite recent positive coronavirus tests for other Buccaneers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The future Hall of Famer began organizing the early morning sessions several weeks ago at Berkeley Preparatory School. The practices persisted Tuesday despite the rise in COVID-19 cases in Florida and the news that at least two Buccaneers players have tested positive for coronavirus, and despite a strongly worded recommendation from the NFLPA against players congregating for workouts until training camp. Brady led a group of approximately 12 players, including Rob Gronkowski, in Tuesday's session, which ran for two hours and included the customary array of pass routes. Stroud also notes what initially began as a smaller gathering of offensive skill position players has now grown to include cornerback Jamel Dean, as well as safeties Sean Murphy-Bunting and Mike Edwards.
Brady is expected to have a substantial degree of input into coach Bruce Arians' offense on game days this coming season, Luke Easterling of SI.com reports.
While this may have been the default assumption of many given Brady's pedigree, there's some question as to how much an offensive system that's typically reliant on longer-developing downfield routes would have to be adapted to fit the future Hall of Famer's skill set and preferences. Brady has enjoyed great success getting the ball out quickly over his career, and Easterling reports the 21-year veteran will have "plenty of control over the call sheet on game day" and will provide Arians with his favorite plays for every in-game scenario. However, the Buccaneers' head man is naturally still expected to weave his trademark aggressiveness into the playcalls, and to that end, Michael Silver of NFL Network recently relayed that Brady has been intensely studying Arians' existing offensive concepts since joining the team. Additionally, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report Brady and a large contingent of the team's skill-position players have begun working out together at Berkeley Preparatory School now that Florida has considerably loosened COVID-19-related restrictions.
Brady will have former Patriots teammate Rob Gronkowski as his No. 1 tight end in Tampa Bay during the 2020 season following the trade acquisition of the latter Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
The arrival of Gronkowski after his one-year sabbatical first and foremost gives Brady a highly familiar target to work with as he acclimates to the only other team he's suited up for besides the Patriots during his stellar 20-year NFL career. Auman separately notes Brady's 78 career regular-season touchdown passes to Gronkowski are twice as many scoring connections as he's had with any other player, and the down-the-seam threat the 30-year-old tight end represents if healthy will make an already highly potent pass-catching corps even more explosive. With the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin also on hand as his top two wideouts, Brady projects to arguably have the benefit of exponentially better talent around him in 2020 than that which was afforded him during his final campaign in New England.
Brady's two-year deal with the Buccaneers includes $50 million guaranteed along with another $9 million in incentives, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Schefter also notes that the agreement includes a clause that prevents the team from franchise tagging the QB after two years, which suggests that Brady -- who turns 43 in August -- "has ideas of playing beyond this contract." In the meantime, he'll look forward to working with a talented group of pass-catchers in Tampa Bay that currently includes wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, as well as tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.
Brady has officially come to terms with the Buccaneers on a two-year contract, ESPN.com reports.
Brady, who turns 43 in August, is coming off a 2019 season in which he threw for 4,057 yards and logged a 27:8 TD:INT in 16 games for the Patriots, which drafted him in 2000. His fantasy prospects this coming campaign should be bolstered by the fact that his supporting cast now includes talented wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, along with a tight end corps featuring O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate .
Brady finalized a contract Wednesday with the Buccaneers that pays him up to $30 million on an annual basis, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The exact terms of Brady's deal aren't fully known, but he's presumably joining the club on a two-year pact. The deal should become official at some point after 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, when free agents are first eligible to take physicals and sign contracts with teams. Though Brady saw his passing efficiency dip considerably in his final year with New England (60.8 completion percentage, 6.6 yards per attempt), the 42-year-old should at least benefit from a major upgrade in skill-position talent as he heads to Tampa Bay.
Brady is expected to sign with the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
While the sides can't put pen to paper until 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday at the earliest, Brady's landing spot after 20 years with the Patriots is starting to come into focus. Once the move is official, he'll experience quite an upgrade in skill-position talent from what he had at his disposal in 2019: Mike Evans (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (hamstring) at wide receiver, and O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate at tight end.
The Patriots released statements Tuesday from CEO Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick confirming that Brady is leaving the team, while also thanking the QB for his outstanding 20-year tenure with the franchise.
Per ESPN.com, the QB indicated earlier in the day via social media that he intended to move on from the franchise that selected him 199th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. The 42-year-old is thus poised to sign with another team after free agency opens. The Patriots currently have QBs Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler under contract, but with Brady's departure looming, it seems likely that the team will add a veteran signal-caller either via trade or free agency.
Brady wrote an Instagram post suggesting he won't re-sign with the Patriots.
The first post says, "my football journey will take place elsewhere" and the second says, "I don't know what my football future holds but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and career." It's a clear indicator Brady won't be back with the Patriots in 2020, instead turning his focus toward finding a new team. Recent reports have connected him with the Buccaneers and Chargers.
Now that Brady's agent can hear from other teams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that the Chargers and Buccaneers are expected to inquire about potentially signing the veteran QB.
Rapoport adds that "of course New England wants him back," but in any case, Brady -- who the Patriots drafted back in 2000 -- is free to explore other options as NFL free agency looms. The 42-year-old is coming off a 2019 season in which he threw for 4,057 yards and logged a 27:8 TD:INT in 16 games.
The Patriots haven't reached out to Brady to discuss a new contract, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.
On that note, ESPN's Jeff Darlington says he would be "stunned" if Brady re-signed with the Patriots. It sounds like an overstatement, but the point remains that the 42-year-old quarterback is seriously considering signing with a new team, or at least will listen to offers as a free agent next month. Potential suitors include the Raiders, Chargers, Colts, Titans and Bucs.
The Patriots are reportedly willing to offer Brady "in excess of $30 million per year" in order to keep the 42-year-old QB with the team, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Brady, has in the past played on team-friendly contracts, but this time around it appears as though he's not looking to take a "hometown discount" in advance of free agency, which opens up March 18. While the report indicates the Patriots "are intent on keeping Brady," the veteran signal-caller could draw interest from the likes of the Chargers, as well as the Raiders, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. In any case, Brady will undoubtedly consider other variables on top of salary (for example, the quality of his supporting cast) prior to deciding where he'll play in 2020.
Brady said he is "open-minded about the process" of becoming an unrestricted free agent, Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal reports.
Asked about the possibility of playing for a different team, Brady predictably gave an evasive answer, neither confirming nor denying that he'd consider leaving the Patriots. His expiring contract includes a provision that precludes the team from using a franchise tag, but the Patriots do have exclusive negotiating rights until the 'legal tampering' period begins March 16. Free agency doesn't officially open until 4 p.m. ET on March 18, at which point Brady should be fully recovered from the foot and elbow injuries that bothered him toward the end of the 2019 campaign. His recent comments suggest retirement isn't being taken as a serious option at the moment.
Brady played through a foot injury in addition to a lingering elbow issue over the final quarter of the Patriots' season, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
Neither injury kept Brady from missing time, with the veteran signal-caller starting all 16 regular-season games along with Saturday's 20-13 loss to the Titans in the wild-card round of the playoffs. With that in mind, Brady's offseason training program shouldn't be interrupted in any significant way, but it's uncertain what the future might hold for the 42-year-old. Brady suggested after the postseason loss that "it's pretty unlikely" he'll retire in 2020, putting him on track to become a free agent in March. Whether the three-time MVP returns to New England for a 21st season or heads elsewhere for the first time in his career remains to be seen.
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