by Ray Kuhn
Tom Brady is going to be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. He has rewritten the record books and led an extended era of dominance in New England, so to say it will be odd seeing him in another uniform is a substantial understatement.
At age 42 Brady is not the quarterback he once was, but he is still better than most. Things were dialed down a great deal in New England last season from a passing perspective, but he still threw for 4,057 yards and 34 TD against just 8 INT. There were quarterbacks who were more prolific, along with options that added volume through the running game, but the veteran was reliable.
With 6.6 yards per passing attempt and a 60.8% completion rate Brady’s best days are clearly behind him, but New England was also lacking in weapons. In Tampa Bay things will be different. Brady will have Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate and I’m sure he already has plans in mind for how he will utilize them. We know that Brady will be motivated to plant his flag out on his own, but there still have to be limits placed on our expectations for him.
For all of his successes Brady has surpassed the 5,000 yard mark (5,235) once in his career (2011), and that was the same season that saw him throw for a career high 39 TD. We do have to note that passing offenses looked different last season than they did in the prime of Brady’s career. With that being said Jameis Winston threw for 5,109 yards and 33 TD last season in the same offense Brady will be moving into for 2020.
We can’t ignore the disclaimer that Winston had 30 INT last season, and by no means are we comparing the two QB. The urge must be resisted to expect Brady to surpass Winston’s performance from a year ago, but would it really surprise us to see Brady have a career season either before riding into the sunset?
Initially Brady is the 23rd quarterback coming off the board, and at that price he is a bargain. Just keep the expectations to a minimum as compared to what we have seen from over the past few seasons.
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