New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady continues pickless preseason


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady never threw a single interception in joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and this fact was tweeted by Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald yesterday. During those joint practice sessions, Brady attempted 186 passes, so the fact that he was able to avoid turnovers at that rate with that group of rookie receivers is fantastic. Brady didn’t throw a pick in eight attempts against the Eagles, and he was also pickless in 12 attempts last night. So yeah, that’s 206 passing attempts without an interception.

Brady showed his trademark surgical precision in Week 1 against the Eagles, and he was even better yesterday against the Buccaneers. His final line reads 11-12, 107 yards, 8.9 yards per attempt, one touchdown, no interceptions, and a 131.6 QB Rating. Not only should nobody be worried about Brady’s injury (it’s obvious that we’re all past that), but we shouldn’t be worried about Brady handling his rookie receivers or even his age. Brady says he feels great, there is no reason not to believe him following what he has been doing thus far, and he is always working on something in the offseason. It looks like Brady is on a mission to get as many rings possible before his time runs out in this league, and his time is still a ways off from coming.

So who else is excited for the 2013 regular season? Tom Brady is absolutely tearing up the competition, and he’ll only step up his game further once we get into the regular season. Beyond that, all those reps with the rookie receivers will have paid off even more, and I have to say that this year’s wide receiver corps is better than last year’s. Why? It is much, much deeper.

Did I also mention the fact that he had a two-point conversion in the first quarter after his 26-yard TD to Danny Amendola?




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  • Tyler Cary

    How is this news? He has only thrown what 22-24 pass attempts? Isn’t this the same guy that threw 36 TDs against 4 ints a few years ago? Just saying that Brady not throwing a pick every few pass attempts is not a headline. I am a Miami fan, so maybe I am just venting.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      It wouldn’t be news if I was just including 20 preseason attempts, so you would be correct since that’s a really lame, small sample size. This isn’t really “news”, but I found it noteworthy since Brady hasn’t thrown a pick in 186 joint practice sessions either, according to Jeff Howe. So that’s 206 attempts this August against other teams without an interception, and I thought that was a “fun fact” worth noting to Pats fans. Low INT rates are indeed always common with Brady, but it’s interesting to see that he hasn’t thrown a pick whilst gelling with rookie WRs either.

      • Tyler Cary

        Brady always has very low int rates.