The six-time Super Bowl champion has had a massive chip on his shoulder since being drafted in the 6th round. He holds himself to a high degree, as he decided to switch teams at the age of 42.
Brady has a ton of arm talent left, despite people knocking him for his age. Brady was 7th in passing yards last season but may have had the worst supporting cast of weapons among the six quarterbacks ahead of him.
That won’t be a problem for Brady this season. The Buccaneers have one of the best wide receiver combinations in football: Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Not to mention that Brady brought old teammate Rob Gronkowski out of retirement to help the team make a Super Bowl push.
Brady’s QBR was 88.0 last season, which was his lowest since 2015. That’s not a huge problem because it’s been lower a few times and he didn’t have much receiving help last year. Antonio Brown came and left, while Josh Gordon only played in 6 games for the Patriots.
The biggest reason to worry about Brady is his yards per attempt. That statistic was 6.6, which was his lowest since 2002. Even if Brady had worse weapons last season than he’s used to, that doesn’t correlate with his knack for always attempting short passes.
Brady’s arm strength is impressive for his age, but it’s not close to the same power he had against Philadelphia a few seasons ago. Brady doesn’t have other toolsets like Drew Brees to prosper without a strong arm.
Brady’s friend Drew Brees has worse arm strength, but his accuracy and poise more than makes up for it. Let’s take a look at why the best quarterback in the NFC South is Drew Brees.