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Tom Brady: 'Didn't alter the ball in any way'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told a jam-packed room of reporters he "didn't alter the ball in any way" for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Colts.

"When I pick the footballs out [before the game], at that point to me they're perfect," he said. "I don't want anyone touching the balls after that. ... That's what I expect when I show up on the field."

Brady said he would "never do anything outside the rules of play" and had "no knowledge of any wrongdoing" by anyone on the Patriots' staff. Brady said he likes the footballs inflated to 12.5 pounds per square inch of pressure, the minimum of the legal 12.5-13.5 range.

The NFL found 11 of 12 game balls the Patriots used in the first half against Indy were significantly underinflated after being deemed legal before the game, according to ESPN. The league is investigating and has yet to release its findings. Brady said he had not been contacted by the NFL.

Although the refs replaced the underinflated footballs for the second half, Brady insisted he didn't notice any difference. "From the first half to the second half, I didn't think twice about it," he said. "Once I approved the ball, that's the ball I expected out there on the field."

Earlier Thursday, coach Bill Belichick said he was shocked to learn of the allegations Monday morning and that he had "no knowledge of the situation whatsoever." Belichick said Brady would be in better position to address the issue.

"Tom's personal preferences on his footballs are something that he can talk about in much better detail and information than I could possibly provide," Belichick said.

NBC News reported Brady met with teammates Thursday afternoon, told them he prefers footballs "a certain way" and urged them to remain focused on the Super Bowl. In his news conference, Brady declined to say what he told his teammates.

And how the footballs got underinflated, he said, is a mystery to him.

"I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't know what happened," Brady said. "I have no explanation for it."


Patriots' Tom Brady throws for three touchdowns on Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns in the AFC Championship game against the Colts. 

Brady completed 23 of 35 passes for 226 yards and three scores. He turned the ball over once, tossing one interception. Brady was on top of his game, averaging 6.5 yards per attempt. He was able to turn in a strong game despite Julian Edelman missing half a quarter with an injury, and Rob Gronkowski not catching his first pass until the third quarter. Brady played fairly deep into the contest, but was removed once the game got out of hand. He left the field to a loud ovation from the fans.

Brady will take on the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.


Tom Brady has out-of-character performance


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/21/2014) The Patriots have played some weird games against Jets in recent years, including a 27-25 squeaker when they were at their hottest back in Week 7. So perhaps it's not surprising quarterback Tom Brady wasn't at his best Week 16 at the Jets as the Patriots eked out another victory, this time by just one point.

He completed 23 of 35 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was coming off a streak of 10 games with both 200-plus passing yards and two-plus touchdowns.

Brady was playing without his top target, wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was out with a concussion. But with Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell still at his disposal and Danny Amendola filling in capably, that likely wasn't the reason for his struggles. The matchup shouldn't have been either given where the Jets rank against the pass, but in three of his last four games against the division rival, Brady has thrown for less than two scores. And in all four, he's thrown for less than 300 yards.

Maybe it's just a matter of them being too familiar with each other. In any case, you shouldn't let this performance discourage you from starting Brady Week 17 against Buffalo unless of course the Patriots have already secured homefield advantage throughout the playoffs by that point.


Patriots QB Tom Brady held under 200 yards in win over Jets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was held under 200 passing yards for the third time this season during Sunday's 17-16 victory over the Jets in Week 16.

Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He compiled 182 yards while completing 23 of 35 passes. He added one touchdown and no interceptions, registering a 76.1 passer rating.

Brady has passed for 4,029 yards with 33 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. He'll look to end the regular season on a high note against the Bills in Week 17.


Patriots' Tom Brady tosses two scores Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tossed two scores Week 13 against the Packers.

Brady completed 22 of 35 passes for 245 yards and two scores. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell was the recepient of both those scores. In the second quarter, Brady found LaFell on a 2 yard strike. He found him again in the fourth quarter, this time from 15 yards out. Brady did not turn the ball over during the contest. He finished with one rushing attempt for -1 yards. 

Brady will look for more Week 14 against the Chargers. 


Patriots QB Tom Brady stays dominant in win over Lions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady enjoyed another near-dominant performance, falling one yard shy of the 350-yard threshold in his team's 34-9 victory over the Lions in Week 12.

Brady fired a pair of touchdown passes to Tim Wright -- a 4-yard strike in the opening quarter and an 8-yard strike in the second quarter. Brady compiled 349 yards through the air while completing 38 of 53 pass attempts. He added two touchdowns and one interception, registering a 94.0 pass rating.

Brady has 2,998 passing yards with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions this season. He'll look to keep rolling at Lambeau Field against Green Bay in Week 13.


Touchdown Tom Brady can't be stopped Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Touchdown Tom Brady did it again for the Patriots Week 9 against the Broncos.

Brady completed 33 of 53 attempts for 333 yards and four touchdowns during the contest. He added one interception, and was sacked one time. For the most part, though, Brady was masterful yet again. Rob Gronkowski was the biggest beneficiary, hauling in nine passes for 105 yards and a score. Julian Edelman also turned in a strong game with Brady slinging the ball all around the field. After starting off the year in a bit of a slump, Brady has thrown 16 touchdowns against just one interception over his past four games. 

The only thing that can stop Touchdown Tom next week is the fact that he's on a bye. 


Tom Brady keeps on rolling


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Concerns about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's declining skills seem like a long way in the past, after he put together his fourth brilliant performance in a row in Week 9 against the Broncos.

Brady tossed three or more touchdowns in his fourth straight game Sunday, this time racking up for scores to go with 333 yards. He did this against a defense that had allowed just one three-touchdown performance in seven games prior to Sunday's, though that did come last week.

Brady had just four touchdowns through the team's first four games, but now has five straight games with multiple touchdowns, including 18 to just one interception in that time frame. With the way this offense is rolling, Fantasy owners have to be a bit upset to see a bye on the schedule in Week 10.

Still, there is no reason to think Brady won't be able to keep his strong play up in Week 11 against the Colts when they return to action. 


Tom Brady practicing in full


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady practiced fully Wednesday despite his ankle injury, the team announced. He's thrown 14 touchdowns and no interceptions over the past four games entering Week 9 against the Broncos.

Why would you ever bench Tom Brady?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) The biggest travesty of Tom Brady's five-touchdown performance Week 8 against Chicago wasn't what it did to the Bears defense or how he didn't get Julian Edelman involved. No, the biggest travesty was that 11 percent of his Fantasy owners missed out on it.

That's right: Brady is owned in 100 percent of Fantasy leagues but started in only 89 percent. Why the disparity? I would have understood it in Week 5, when he had thrown just one touchdown pass in each of his first four games and the Patriots as a whole were looking vulnerable. But then when he responded with 292 yards and two touchdowns in that game and followed it up with 361 yards and four touchdowns in Week 6, I figured the verdict was in. With another three touchdowns in Week 7 and the five here in Week 8, Brady now has 14 touchdown passes to zero interceptions in his last four games.

You may recall last year he got off to a slow start as well before a six-game stretch in which he had 14 touchdown passes to four interceptions. You drafted him to be your starter this year based on those numbers. Now, he's doing even better that that.

I can't guarantee he won't have another one-touchdown game this season, but you should know now to stick with him even if he does. He has the weapons, the track record and, yes, still the ability at age 37 to bounce back.


Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo gets some playing time


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo got some playing time Sunday against the Bears.

Garoppolo completed all three of his attempts, gaining 22 yards. He did take one sack during his brief appearance. Garoppolo also had one rushing attempt, but lost a yard. He'll take on the Broncos Week 9.


Touchdown Tom Brady terrific Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Touchdown Tom Brady came up big for the Patriots Week 8.

Brady completed 30 of 35 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns. He did not turn the ball over, and was not sacked during the game. Brady was masterful, leading the Patriots on scoring drives on the team's first six possessions. Tight end Rob Gronkowski proved to be Brady's biggest asset, as he hauled in nine receptions for 149 yards and three scores. The Bears occasionally set Brady up for success after some timely turnovers, but that shouldn't take away from Brady's performance. Chicago had no answer for Touchdown Tom.

Brady will take on the Broncos Week 9.


Patriots' Tom Brady working on becoming a more mobile QB


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged Wednesday he has to do a better job of using his mobility to extend plays.

"It's never really been something I've been great at, extending plays," Brady said in a press conference at Gillette Stadium, per Boston.com. "I see some of these players -- whether it be Russell Wilson, or Aaron Rodgers, or Jay Cutler does it, Alex Smith does it -- the really mobile quarterbacks that do a great job for their team. Ben Roethlisberger's done it for a lot of years.

"Just trying to understand how I can help our team more. If I can make some more of those plays, I think it would really help our team, so I try to focus on that a little bit. Coaches talk about it. And I think there could be more of those, too. I don't think instinctually it's there for me yet. I'm going to keep working at it."

Brady said he is working on becoming a more mobile quarterback.

"I think there's mental parts and there's physical parts," he said. "The mental part is just to keep working on your leg strength, your ability to move when you need to move, to be able to get away from people. I think for me, it's sometimes more of a mental issue. I joke all the time, I don't have one cell in my body that ever tells me to run. I think I just sit there and kind of go, 'Wow, I've got more time to throw than usual.'"


Touchdown Tom Brady ignites the Patriots Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a big game Week 7 against the Jets.

Brady completed 20 of 37 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. He did not turn the ball over during the contest. Brady was able to exploit the Jets for decent gains, averaging 7.1 yards per attempt during the outing. He wasn't pressured all that often, getting sacked just once. With Stevan Ridley out, Brady made use of Shane Vereen. Vereen not only gained 43 yards on the ground, but also finished as the team's leading receiver during the contest. 

Brady will look for more Week 8 against the Bears.


Tom Brady officially probable for TNF


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) The Patriots listed quarterback Tom Brady as probable for Thursday night's game against the Jets. He was limited in practice all week with an ankle injury, but is fully expected to start and play without limitations.

Tom Brady limited again Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was limited in Tuesday's practice ahead of Thursday's game against the Jets. Brady has thrown for 653 yards and six touchdowns without committing a turnover the past two weeks.

Tom Brady still dealing with ankle injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who rolled his ankle in practice late last week but played his best game Sunday, was limited in practice Monday by the injury. He's fully expected to play Thursday against the Jets.

Report: Tom Brady needed extensive treatment in order to play Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had arguably his finest performance of the season Sunday against the Bills, throwing for four touchdowns in a 37-22 win. Though, coming into Week 6 there was some concern Brady might not play since he was questionable due to an ankle injury.

While it appeared Brady was not hampered by the injury Sunday, two sources told CSNNE.com that Brady needed extensive treatment for the injury to be ready to play Week 6. Brady rolled his ankle during practice Friday and was listed as a limited participant before showing up on the injury report as questionable.


Time to trust in Tom Brady


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/12/2014) It's been slow going for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to begin 2014, but after waking up with 292 yards and two touchdowns against Cincinnati last week, he was back in control Week 6 at Buffalo, throwing for 361 yards and four touchdowns.

To some extent, he was expected to carry the load against a defense that entered the day ranked second against the run, but Sunday's effort was the kind of throwback performance that gives Fantasy owners reason to believe he's back to being a must-start option.

He spread the ball around, giving Brandon LaFell, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman each a chance to contribute more than 90 yards, and he didn't just stick to underneath stuff. He found Brian Tyms deep for a 43-yard touchdown in the third quarter and LaFell deep for a 56-yarder in the fourth.

And if the expected lack of a running game contributed to the Patriots' game plan, that might be the norm going forward. Stevan Ridley left the game in the third quarter with what some suspect is an ACL injury.

After a slow start last year, Brady had a six-game stretch in the middle of last season in which he averaged 370.8 yards and 2.3 touchdowns. I have a hunch history repeats itself here.


Tom Brady leads Patriots to win Week 6 behind four-TD game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tossed four touchdowns and improved to 23-2 in his career against the Bills during a 37-22 win Week 6. Brady completed 27 of 37 passes for 361 yards and no interceptions in the victory.

Brady opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Timothy Wright early in the second quarter. He then gave New England a 20-7 lead with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Brian Tyms early in the third quarter.

Brady finished off the win with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell. He hit LaFell for an 18-yard score with 8:42 left and then connected with LaFell for a 56-yard touchdown with 2:49 left.

Brady has passed for 653 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in his last two games. The Patriots are back in action Thursday against the Jets.


Tom Brady starting for Patriots Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) As expected, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was cleared to start Sunday against the Bills. He was listed as questionable due to an ankle injury.

Report: Patriots QB Tom Brady will start Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Despite being listed as questionable due to an ankle injury, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will start Sunday against the Bills, according to ESPN. Brady is coming off his first multi-touchdown game of the season in Week 5.

Patriots' Tom Brady suffers ankle injury, questionable for Week 6


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady popped up on the injury report as a limited participant in practice because of an ankle injury he suffered on Friday, the Boston Herald reports.

Brady was officially labeled questionable for Week 6 at Buffalo. He is coming off a bounce-back 292-yard, two-touchdown performance Week 5 against the Bengals. Brady has not missed a game since tearing his ACL in 2008. If he can't start, head coach Bill Belichick will turn to rookie Jimmy Garoppolo for the start.


All's well that ends well for Tom Brady?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2014) After a terrible start to the season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady rebounded with a 292-yard, two-touchdown effort against a Bengals defense that had been pretty stout leading up to Week 5. So are we back to trusting him implicitly in Fantasy?

Well, maybe not. Trust doesn't come that easily, particularly at a position with so much depth, but the turnaround at least seemed to accompany a change in approach by the Patriots, who went back to using two tight ends like when they had Aaron Hernandez to pair with Rob Gronkowski. That gives it more legitimacy, I think.

It's also worth noting that after a comparably lackluster start last year, Brady flipped a switch in Week 9, averaging 370.8 yards and 2.3 touchdowns for a six-game stretch compared to 211.8 and 1.1 in the other 10 games. He may not be as steady as you'd like him to be, but when he's good, he's still very, very good.

Does that mean I'm starting him Week 6 at Buffalo? Well, it's not automatic, especially against a Bills defense that likes to pressure the quarterback. But if someone was crazy enough to drop Brady after his last game, I'm picking him up and weighing him against what I already have. If there's any coach I trust to make adjustments midseason, it's Bill Belichick.


Tom Brady bounces back with crisp performance


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was abysmal in a Week 4 loss at Kansas City, bounced back Sunday night in a blowout of the Bengals. Brady completed 23 of 35 throws for 292 yards and two touchdowns without committing a turnover.

In the process, Brady became the sixth player in NFL history to surpass 50,000 passing yards.

Brady came out extremely sharp, leading New England to touchdowns on its first two drives. He found tight end Tim Wright for a 17-yard score in the first quarter and hit tight end Rob Gronkowski for a 16-yard touchdown in the third. Brady, who added 13 yards on four rushes, is up to six passing touchdowns through five games.

He'll visit the Bills in Week 6.