|5 other records that are within Tom Brady’s reach||12.05.16 at 3:00 pm ET|
With Tom Brady setting a new mark for most career wins for a starting quarterback on Sunday, the Patriots’ signal-caller is now able to put the next round of records in his sights. Provided he stays healthy for the next three years, here are five more individual marks than could fall to Brady before he ultimately decides to retire.
Most passing yards: Brady is currently fifth all-time; he has 60,498 for his career, while old pal Peyton Manning is tops at 71,940. This is probably a pretty tall order, especially when you consider Drew Brees is also between him and Manning, at least at this point. (The New Orleans quarterback has 64,816 career passing yards.) But if Brady has another two years of 4,000 yards, he’ll at least be in Manning’s neighborhood.
Most touchdown passes: Brady has 447 career touchdown passes, and is fourth on the all-time list. (Manning is tops at 539.) He’s 92 behind Manning. With the understanding that Brady appears ticketed for approximately 30 touchdown passes at a year at this point, if he banks another 10 between now and the end of the season, he’d still be a couple of years away. In the meantime, his stiffest competition may be Brees, who is third overall with 458 career touchdown passes.
Most passes completed: Brady is fourth overall at 5,161, while Brett Favre is tops at 6,300. Over the last decade or so, Brady has averaged between 300 and 400 completed passes a season, which means that mark could also be another three years away. (Again, this is a situation where Brees could end up finishing ahead of him — he’s third overall at 5,722.)
Most passes attempted: Brady is fifth overall at 8,094, with Favre tops at an absolutely ridiculous 10,169 passes attempts, 2,075 ahead of Brady. (Favre is almost 800 attempts ahead of Manning, who is second at 9,380.) All things being equal, this may be the toughest mountain to climb for the Patriots quarterback, as he’s averaged almost 400 attempts a year the last five years prior to 2016.
Career passer rating: This is certainly manageable for the Patriots quarterback, even though he’s currently in fourth place (97) and the three guys ahead of him in Aaron Rodgers (103.5), Russell Wilson (100.3) and Tony Romo (97.1) are all still active. He’s need at least one more really terrific year, but it’s certainly plausible to see him finishing on top here before it’s all said and done.
|Tom Brady just had best 4-game stretch of any 39-year-old quarterback in NFL history||10.31.16 at 8:59 am ET|
Tom Brady put the capper on his first four games back with the Patriots this season with a masterful performance Sunday against the Bills, going 22-for-33 for 315 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 137. After four games, he’s 98-for-134 (73 percent completion rate), to go with 1,319 yards, 12 touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 133.9 — the best quarter-season for any 39-year-old quarterback who has ever played. Here’s a look at the five others that might have been in the conversation before this year.
Warren Moon, 1995 Vikings — Weeks 9-12 (against Packers, Cardinals, Saints and Lions)
100-for-161 (62 percent), 1,301 yards, 14 TDs, 2 INTs
QB rating: 111.3
(Team goes 3-1)
Brett Favre, 2008 Jets — Weeks 1-4 (against Dolphins, Patriots, Chargers, Cardinals)
87-for-124 (70 percent), 935 yards, 12 TDs, 4 INTs
QB rating: 110.8
(Team goes 2-2)
Doug Flutie, 2001 Chargers — Weeks 4-7 (against Browns, Patriots, Broncos, Bills)
79-for-134 (59 percent), 953 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
QB rating: 87.7
(Team goes 2-2)
Jim Plunkett, 1986 Raiders — Weeks 5-6, 10-11 (against Chiefs, Seahawks, Cowboys, Browns)
44-for-74 (59 percent), 646 yards, 8 TDs, 1 INT
QB rating: 118.4
(Team goes 4-0)
Peyton Manning, 2015 Broncos — Weeks 2-5 (against Chiefs, Lions, Vikings, Raiders)
96-for-149 (64 percent), 1,059 yards, 6 TDs, 6 INTs
QB rating: 82
(Team goes 4-0)
|At roast of Rob Lowe, Peyton Manning takes Deflategate-related shot at Tom Brady||08.30.16 at 8:30 am ET|
At a Comedy Central roast of Rob Lowe that is set to air this weekend, former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning — a friend of Lowe — got in a quick jibe at the expense of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) August 29, 2016
|Donald Brown latest in parade of ex-Peyton Manning Era Colts who couldn’t cut it with Patriots||08.23.16 at 11:28 am ET|
With Tuesday’s release of running back Donald Brown, it brings down the curtain on one of the longest traditions in Foxboro, “Peyton Manning Era Colt Who Attempts To Revive His Career With The Patriots.” It’s featured several notable names over the years.
Brown: The former UConn standout, who was with Indy from 2009 through 2013, was signed this past March 18 and released with an injury settlement on Aug. 23.
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne: Wayne spent 14 seasons with the Colts and had 14,345 receiving yards before he was cut loose by Indy following the 2014 season. The Patriots signed him on Aug. 25 last summer, but asked for and was granted his release on Sept. 6 after reportedly saying it was “too tough” and “not fun” in Foxboro.
Running back Joseph Addai: The shifty LSU product, who rushed for 4,453 yards in six seasons with the Colts, was signed by New England on May 10, 2012, but reportedly walked out in late July … midway through a conditioning test.
Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez: The pass catcher was a member of the Colts from 2007 through 2011 and compiled 1,307 receiving yards through that stretch. He was inked by the Patriots on March 17, 2012, but he didn’t even make it to training camp — he was cut on May 29 of the same year.
Wide receiver Austin Collie: Collie probably had he best career in New England of any ex-Colt on this list. After four seasons in Indy, he played seven games for the 2013 Patriots, and finished with six catches for 63 yards. He did not return for the 2014 campaign.
Tight end Dallas Clark: Clark, who had a serious run of success over the course of his career against New England, had a tryout in 2012 with the Patriots, but nothing ever came of it and he ended up signing with the Bucs.
Tight end Marcus Pollard: The rangy tight end signed with the Patriots in the spring of 2008, but was released on Aug. 19.
|In wake of NFL decision on Peyton Manning, NFLPA issues statement||07.25.16 at 12:02 pm ET|
In the wake of the NFL’s decision to clear Peyton Manning in the Al-Jazeera/HGH case, the NFLPA has issued a statement.
“As a former player, Peyton Manning is free to do whatever he believes is in his best interest. The Union knows that he understands the rights of players under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and would never do anything to hurt or undermine active players in support of those rights.”
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|NFL: No evidence Peyton Manning used HGH or any other PED||at 11:07 am ET|
The NFL has apparently cleared Peyton Manning.
According to a report from ESPN, a seven-month probe by the league has found that Manning did not use HGH nor any other PED.
In a controversial report from Al-Jazeera America last year, the former Broncos quarterback was accused of having human growth hormone shipped to his house. The allegations were made by Charlie Sly, a former anti-aging clinic intern who was secretly videotaped as part of the documentary. Manning has consistently denied the charges.
UPDATE: The league has issued a statement.
“Following a comprehensive seven-month investigation into allegations made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America, the NFL found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with or used HGH or other substances prohibited by the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, it was announced today. The Mannings were fully cooperative with the investigation and provided both interviews and access to all records sought by the investigators. Initiated in January, the investigation was led by the NFL’s security and legal teams with support from expert consultants and other professionals. The investigation involved witness interviews, a review of relevant records and other materials, online research, and laboratory analysis and review. Separately, the NFL’s investigation continues into the documentary’s allegations made against other NFL players, which involve different lines of inquiry and witnesses.”
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|Report: All players named in Al Jazeera PED story, including Peyton Manning, to be interviewed by NFL||06.27.16 at 12:57 pm ET|
All of the players who were named in Al Jazeera’s PED documentary — including former Denver quarterback Peyton Manning — will be interviewed by the league, according to Pro Football Talk.
Initially, a report last week indicated that Green Bay’s Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittbsurgh’s James Harrison would be asked about last year’s story. However, PFT reported Monday that all the players named in the report, including Manning, will be interviewed.
A report last week did reveal that the league continues to look into Manning’s potential involvement.
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