Tom Brady, QB
Since being elected for the first time in 2001, Tom Brady has become a Pro Bowl perennial. He’s been voted to the event twelve times in his career, and 2017 shouldn’t be any different.
Brady posted record numbers in 2016 as he trounced opponents on his way to the Super Bowl. In twelve games, Brady threw for 3,554 yards, twenty-eight touchdowns, and two interceptions, the best single season touchdown to interception ratio in league history.
After Rob Gronkowski was placed on season-ending IR, Brady threw ten touchdowns, 1,353 yards, and one interception, plus seven touchdowns and over a thousand yards in the playoffs. With Gronk returning to the line-up and Brandin Cooks joining the team, Brady’s numbers should continue to improve in 2017.
On Sunday, the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe wrote about the potential of New England’s offense:
"“The Patriots have so much talent at their offensive skill positions that they’re borderline injury-proof. Ultimately, the level of their success — potentially ranging from extraordinary to record-breaking — will derive from the marquee trio of tight end Rob Gronkowski and receivers Brandin Cooks and Julian Edelman.” – Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe)"
The 2017 Patriots roster has already earned its share of comparisons to the 2007 squad. Ten years ago, Brady threw for 4,806 yards, fifty touchdowns, and eight interceptions. If TB12 can match those numbers, he’ll be on his way to his thirteenth Pro Bowl — or even better, skipping it to prepare for the Super Bowl.