Tom Brady's stats were down across the board last year. That has led some to question whether or not he'll be able to successfully transition to his new team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, a deeper look at the numbers proves Brady's drop in production was not nearly as significant as many made out it to be.
Let's take a look at some key stats that prove just how deadly Brady can be in Tampa Bay.
According to Nick Shook, of NFL.com, Brady actually graded out as the league's fourth-best passer on deep balls last season. On passes that traveled at least 20 yards in the air, Brady tossed 7 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions with a passer rating of 107.2.
Those aren't eye-popping numbers, but it's worth considering the situation he was playing in. Brady was pressured on 40.7 percent of his throws, the highest such mark in the league. It wasn't like his receivers helped him out much either, ranking dead last in separation and dropping the second-most passes (34) in the NFL.
To make matters worse, he was often playing without his top targets, with all of his receivers, aside from Julian Edelman, missing at least one game due to injury.
Suffice it to say, none of that will be a problem in Tampa Bay. Last season, the Buccaneers' receiving corps graded out as the league's third-best unit, according to Pro Football Focus. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were elite in 2019, with both posting grades of at least 85.7, per PFF. The team also added Tyler Johnson and Rob Gronkowski to bolster that unit even further.
And the Buccaneers offensive line was also fantastic last season, with a top-10 passing blocking grade from PFF. With the addition of Tristan Wirfs, that unit could be even better in 2020.
Essentially, Brady was much-more effective than many made him out to be last season. He was just playing behind a shaky offensive line and throwing to one of the league's worst skill-position groups. Now playing in one of the league's most well-rounded, dynamic offenses, the 42-year-old looks poised for a massive 2020 campaign.
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