Brady isn't expected to participate in voluntary team workouts this offseason, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports. Brady often attended the entire offseason program earlier in his career, but he waited for the start of mandatory minicamp (June 5) to report last year. The late start ultimately had no impact on his success, with the 41-year-old throwing for 4,355 yards and 29 touchdowns en route to the usual first-round bye and a sixth Super Bowl victory. Brady faces a challenge in 2019 with Rob Gronkowski retiring, as the quarterback had a 115.0 passer rating on throws to his star tight end the past five seasons. The Patriots haven't made any splashy signings to replace the future Hall of Famer, but they did add some depth in the form of tight end Matt LaCosse and wide receivers Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris. The upcoming draft should bring more help. Plus, the team still hopes to eventually get something out of Josh Gordon (suspension).
Brady completed 21 of 35 passes for 262 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday. He also lost two yards on two rushes and fumbled once, but it was recovered by the offense. It won't go down as the most aesthetically pleasing of his many Super Bowl appearances by any stretch, but Brady, unsurprisingly, made key passes when it counted most. He struggled early in the game, getting intercepted on New England's first possession and then losing the ball on a sack later in the first quarter. That fumble was recovered by the offense, however, and Brady took care of the ball from that point forward. Then, he led scoring marches of five and nine plays in the fourth quarter, with the former featuring a perfect 29-yard touch pass down the left sideline to Rob Gronkowski to take the ball down to the two-yard line. Brady also had a barrage of key completions to Julian Edelman throughout the contest, despite facing heavy pressure from the Rams all evening long. Brady now has a record six Super Bowl rings, and given that he'd already ruled out any chance of retirement prior to Sunday's game, he'll start working toward a seventh when OTAs kick off this spring.
Brady said Sunday in an interview with ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington that he doesn't intend to retire after the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII matchup with the Rams. Brady will of course reserve the right to change his mind regardless of the outcome of his ninth Super Bowl appearance, but for the moment, the 41-year-old isn't thinking of ending his Hall of Fame career while he continues to play at a high level. Even in a relative down season -- his 29 touchdown passes were his fewest in a 16-game slate since 2013 -- Brady still capably directed a potent New England offense to a 10th straight AFC East title and a third consecutive conference championship. He'll look to add a sixth ring to his ledger this weekend in Atlanta.
Brady completed 30 of 46 pass attempts for 348 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 37-31 AFC Championship Game overtime win over the Chiefs. Brady completed 65 percent of his passes, but he was mainly limited to shorter gains and finished averaging 7.6 yards per attempt. He also threw a pair of inopportune interceptions, including one in the end zone on the second drive of the game. Brady completed a touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett just before halftime, giving him a 2:2 TD:INT over two playoff games. He has benefited from outstanding contributions from the running game, but he should be forced to shoulder more of the load in the Super Bowl against a Rams team that has defended the run at a high level.
Brady, who had been managing a knee issue, benefited from the Patriots' bye week in advance of Sunday's divisional-round playoff contest against the Chargers, NFL.com reports. Per the report, Brady previously dealt with an MCL sprain for a few weeks, but he's healed now and healthy heading into Sunday's game. The 41-year-old QB finished up the 2018 regular season with 4,355 passing yards and a 29:11 TD:INT ratio. Having shed his knee concern, Brady is now looking to help the Patriots advance to the AFC Championship Game for the eighth consecutive time.
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|7||10/22||@New York Jets||27||22.38|
|14||12/08||Kansas City Chiefs||23||21.67|
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