tom brady

A Quick Thought on Tom Brady

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Recently, I’ve been hearing some concern over the Patriots receivers, and how it will negatively affect Tom Brady’s performance next season. It seemed strange to me, given that the mantra is “great quarterbacks make the wide receiver.” If you have a quarterback like Brady, you can literally trot anyone out on the field, it doesn’t matter. If you have a quarterback like Matt Ryan… you have to mortgage the farm to get another wide receiver and elevate his performance. Can you imagine the Patriots ever trading up for a stud wide receiver? Never, and they would be rightly vilified (I hope). Here’s a table that shows you the top wide receiver on the Patriots that year along with Brady’s finish among the fantasy quarterbacks:

Player

Year

Receptions

Yards

Brady’s Finish

Troy Brown

2001

101

1,099

QB19

Troy Brown

2002

97

890

QB6

Deion Branch

2003

57

803

QB10

David Givens

2004

56

874

QB9

Deion Branch

2005

78

998

QB2

Reche Caldwell

2006

61

760

QB7

The one year Brady did have a 1,000 yard receiver, it was his sophomore year. After that, his receivers were crappy more often than not, but it didn’t matter. Brady turned in a QB7 year with Reche Caldwell as his leading receiver; could Molasses Mike Jenkins really be that much of a detriment? Danny Amendola and Aaron Hernandez will be around to provide some quality targets, Aaron Dobson could do a passable Brandon Lloyd impression, and Julian Edelman and Donald Jones are solid pros. The Patriots also have some nice projects in rookies Josh Boyce and Mark Harrison, although I doubt they make much of an impact year 1. Consider the Patriots 2005 receiving yards leaders:  Deion Branch, David Givens, a 34 year old Troy Brown, Ben Watson, and Tim Dwight. If I had to pick between that group and one consisting of Amendola, Hernandez, Edelman, Dobson, and Jones, the choice is easy. If you’re of the ilk that draft quarterback early, take Brady with no fear.

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