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A closer look at Prisco's top 10

By Pete Prisco|Senior NFL Columnist
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Brady continues to produce big pass plays despite the lack of a true deep threat. (Getty Images)
Brady continues to produce big pass plays despite the lack of a true deep threat. (Getty Images)
 
Why he's in this spot: He once again put up huge numbers and led the Patriots to the Super Bowl, even though he didn't win it. Brady remains one of the best passers in the NFL, throwing for 5,235 yards and 39 touchdown passes last season. He did so without a real deep threat.

2012 number that stands out: Brady had a league-leading 71 pass plays of 20 yards or more. When you consider the Patriots have little speed at wide receiver and rely on a lot of double-tight end sets, that's even more impressive.

Strengths: He has a big arm, knows how to read defenses and seems to have the ability to slide away from pressure to make pinpoint throws.

Weaknesses: He seems to get rattled at times by good pass rushers, like the New York Giants have. He actually flinched a few times last year, which you don't see often.

Stock up or down: It's probably on the way down, but it might take a few years before we really notice. He's still playing at a very high level.

Did you know: With 13 completions next season, Brady will pass Joe Montana, his idol, for 11th on the all-time completion list.

 
 
 
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