|‘Tommy Brady’ posts English essay from 1994 in latest Facebook post||06.23.16 at 11:47 am ET|
Apparently Tom Brady has always been good at what he does.
The quarterback posted an English essay from 1994 where he wrote about the importance of his sisters and received an A. He wrote: I found an essay I wrote in 1994… I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!
He also wrote his name as “Tommy Brady,” which is what close friends call him now.
When it comes to covering the NFL, one of the greatest single resources is the statistical database at Pro Football Reference. And with a free hour, we decided to take a look at where Tom Brady currently stands — at least statistically — when it comes to measuring his individual numbers against some of the best in the game, and where he might end up before it’s all said and done.
Career passing yards — 58,028, fifth overall
Brady (58,028) and Drew Brees (60,903 yards, fourth overall) should both pass Dan Marino (61,361, third overall) sometime this season. If he stays healthy, it seems likely Brady is ticketed for fourth all-time behind Peyton Manning (71,940), Brett Favre (71,838) and Brees, but could surpass the Saints’ signal-caller.
Career passing touchdowns — 428, tied for third overall with Brees
Brees and Brady both passed Marino last season, and while it all depends on how long they can play, both have a shot at passing Favre (508, second overall) within the next two or three years. Manning retired at the top of the heap with 539. Not unreachable, but it would take at one more extraordinary season for either Brees or Brady to jump start that conversation.
Career passes completed — 4,953, fifth overall
Again, Brady, Marino (4,967, fourth overall) and Brees (5,365, third overall) are all in the same neighborhood. Brady should pass Marino to move into the fourth spot this season. Favre (6,300, first overall) and Manning (6,125, second overall) are way ahead of the rest of the pack.
Career passing attempts — 7,792, fifth overall
Brady will probably remain fifth overall for the next year-plus, as Brees (8,085, fourth) should continue to move in lockstep ahead of him, provided both remain healthy. Favre (10,169), Manning (9,380) and Marino (8,358) are the top three.
Career interceptions — 150, 55th overall
Brady is in the same neighborhood as a few of his contemporaries, including Carson Palmer (166, 45th overall), Ben Roethlisberger (147, 59th overall) and Philip Rivers (135, 72nd overall). By way of comparison, Brady has fewer pass attempts, but also has fewer career picks than Brees (205, 24th overall), Manning (251, ninth overall) and Favre (336, first overall).
|Ben Affleck goes all in on Roger Goodell, NFL in expletive-laced Deflategate rant on new Bill Simmons show||06.22.16 at 11:48 pm ET|
During the premiere of Bill Simmons’ new HBO show “Any Given Wednesday” this week, Ben Affleck went on a lengthy, expletive-filled rant about Deflategate, quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. Check out the video below. (Warning: NSFW)
|Tom Brady posts picture on Facebook of dog Fluffy getting into freezer||06.21.16 at 3:29 pm ET|
If you’re wondering what Tom Brady is up to this week, just check out his Facebook page.
The quarterback posted a picture of his dog Fluffy in his freezer with the caption: I turn my back for one second and Fluffy’s in the freezer… At least she didn’t get into the avocado ice cream! #chillydog
|Tom Brady shows off new Steph Curry shoes while watching NBA Finals||06.16.16 at 9:17 pm ET|
Apparently Tom Brady is a fan of Steph Curry’s new “straight fire” shoes.
The quarterback posted a picture on Facebook Thursday night watching the NBA Finals with the shoes on and the caption: My straight [fire emoji] weapons of choice this week… Locked in to watch Curry and LeBron, two of the greatest, face off tonight! #letsgoooooo
Curry and Brady are both Under Armour clients.
|Brandon LaFell: Andy Dalton capable of being ‘similar player’ to Tom Brady||06.15.16 at 4:56 pm ET|
Former Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell has only been with the Bengals for a couple of months, but he already likes what he sees out of Andy Dalton, saying the Cincy quarterback is capable of reaching Tom Brady’s level of success.
LaFell has only worked with Dalton for a handful of practice sessions this spring, but believes there’s a legitimate comparison to be made between the two signal-callers, saying one day, Dalton could be in the same conversation as Brady.
“If we continue to take the steps we’re making, Andy could be a similar player like that,” LaFell told reporters on Wednesday.
LaFell, who had 107 catches via Brady in his two seasons (14th on the all-time list of receptions from the New England quarterback) said there’s a comparison to be made between the two on and off the field.
“Everybody respects [Dalton] just like everybody respects Brady,” LaFell said. “How Brady demanded the best out of everybody, Andy’s doing the same thing here.
“Both of those guys are smart guys. They always have the offense in the right play. They’re always getting the ball to the right person at the right time. They’re two different offenses, but both of those guys are winners.”
LaFell struggled with health last season before he was cut loose by the Patriots, but he was a key part of the 2014 team, catching 74 passes for 953 yards and seven touchdowns in New England’s most recent Super Bowl season. (In two years with the Patriots, he had 111 catches, 1,468 yards and seven touchdowns.)
“Being around a good quarterback makes everybody else on the field job that much easier,” LaFell said of Dalton and Brady when asked about the importance of good quarterback play. “With them having so much knowledge of the game, knowledge of the offense and playing with a high level of confidence, it kind of slows the game down for everybody else. And for me coming in learning the playbook, he’s helping me out in the huddle, helping me out off the field. It’s making me go out there and know the offense now and just going out there and playing fast and not worrying about anything else because he’s so good.”
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|10 questions for Patriots as summer begins||06.14.16 at 3:51 pm ET|
With the spring OTAs coming to an end this week and minicamp done, here are 10 questions — in no particular order — we still have about the Patriots as the countdown to late July and training camp begins.
1. How soon can Julian Edelman return to full strength?
If you spend time obsessively monitoring social media, it appears there is some progress when it comes to the health of Edelman. He was healthy, he was in a walking boot (for some sort of procedure on the same foot he injured late last season) and now, it appears he’s out of the boot. He wasn’t on the field all spring, at least in the workouts the media got to see. It’s not like he needs a ton of reps to get up to speed with Tom Brady, but from this perspective, getting him on the field sooner rather than later would eliminate some of the uncertainty around his situation.
2. Was Aaron Dobson’s performance a tease, or something he can build on?
There were a ton of familiar faces on the offensive side of the ball missing from minicamp, but Dobson was the guy who did the best to take advantage of the opportunities he was given. He pretty much caught everything that was thrown in his direction over the course of the three days, but what impressed us the most was his compete level when going against cornerbacks. He consistently won the one-on-one battles, and flashed some moments of real talent. For a guy who has been a non-factor the last two years, the question is now whether or not he can build on that going forward into training camp as he continues to fight an uphill battle for a roster spot at the back end of the receivers’ depth chart.
3. Is Rob Gronkowski right when it comes to Jimmy Garoppolo?
We spend a lot of time talking to people like Gronkowski and Jeff Christiansen who know more than we do about Garoppolo and his development, and they all seem to believe that he’s ready to step in to start the year if Brady is sidelined because of Deflategate. And he certainly looked the part over the course of the spring workouts — while the Patriots’ didn’t necessarily increase his workload, he looked confident and polished, at least in the sessions that were open to the media. But the truth of the matter is that there’s no way of knowing what sort of quarterback Garoppolo will be when asked to take significant snaps. As Christiansen said, the opener on the road against the Cardinals would be a challenge for any signal-caller, but at the same time, three consecutive home games would appear to set up relatively nicely for the Eastern Illinois product. Ultimately, it’s a great unknown. Like Christiansen said, that’s why we buy the tickets, right?
4. Will we get some closure on Deflategate?
We are still waiting for the other shoe to drop when it comes to the en banc hearing, which means — as of this writing — there’s still uncertainly around the quarterback position for the first four games of the regular season. Short answer? The Patriots would love some clarity at quarterback sooner rather than later. For what it’s worth, they didn’t appear to deviate from the norm when it came to quarterback reps over the course of the spring workouts that were attended by the media, as it went Brady, Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett.
5. Can Cyrus Jones step in and start at nickel corner?
Over the course of the spring workouts — both minicamp and OTAs — it was hard not to notice how comfortable the rookie out of Alabama looked while playing alongside starting defensive backs like Malcolm Butler and Devin McCourty. At this stage of the offseason, when it comes to first-year players, all you’re looking for is that they aren’t consistent error-repeaters. And while it was hard to judge defense because there were no pads on, Jones looked to have no issues when it came to keeping up with the veterans. He’ll certainly bear watching when training camp comes around, but at this point, he appears to be headed in the right direction as a third/nickel corner. In addition, with no Edelman or Danny Amendola on the field, he had plenty of chances to work as a punt returner. While he bobbled a few, he looks like he’s certainly going to be part of the conversation at that position in 2016.
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