Brady Set To Smash More Bucs Records

SR’s Fab 5 is a group of reporting and evaluation on the Bucs from yours actually, Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds. Listed here are 4 issues that caught my consideration this week, plus some random tidbits in my Buc Pictures part on the finish. Take pleasure in!

FAB 1. Brady Set To Smash Extra Bucs Data

It took only one yr for Tom Brady to do just a few issues no Bucs quarterback has ever executed. In 2020, Brady grew to become the primary Tampa Bay quarterback to win a Tremendous Bowl in his first season. Not solely that, however he additionally grew to become the franchise’s first-ever QB to win Tremendous Bowl MVP honors.

Through the 2020 common season, Brady broke Jameis Winston’s single-season passing touchdowns document with 40. He then broke his personal document final yr with 43 passing scores. And Brady additionally broke Winston’s single-season passing yardage document in 2021, throwing for five,316 yards to guide the league. That wound up being the third-most passing yards in a single season in NFL historical past.

As Brady enters what very effectively could possibly be his remaining season in Tampa Bay – and maybe the NFL – he has extra Bucs data to smash. Let’s have a look.

In simply two seasons in Tampa Bay, Brady has already handed Josh Freeman (80) with 83 profession passing touchdowns. Up subsequent is Winston’s franchise document of 121. If Brady passes for 39 touchdowns in 2022 he’ll topple that mark and turn out to be the Bucs’ all-time landing chief. Brady has thrown for 40 and 43 TDs in every of his two seasons in crimson and pewter, in order that appears possible if he stays wholesome.

Different Bucs Data Brady Would possibly Topple

Brady has eight-game profitable drives with the Bucs. That ranks proper behind Vinny Testaverde (9), Freeman (10), Winston (11), Trent Dilfer (13) and Doug Williams (14). Brady has averaged 4 game-winning drives per season, so he’ll wind up with 12 after 2022 if he maintains that common. However a a lot more durable schedule might imply Brady might need to come back via with some extra game-winning drives. Seven extra this season and he’ll beat Williams’ franchise document.

And people seven would seemingly give Brady a tie for the franchise document of fourth-quarter comebacks, which is presently 13 – held by Williams. Brady has six fourth-quarter comebacks in his two years in Tampa Bay.

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Brady presently holds the profession completion share document of 66.7. That edges out Brian Griese’s 65.6 for the lead. Brady accomplished 65.7% of his passes in his first yr in Tampa Bay. Final yr, he improved that share to 67.5%. It looks like a secure wager that he’ll maintain on to this Bucs document in 2023.

Should you assume Brady holds the Bucs’ highest QB ranking distinction, you’d be fallacious. Brady’s Bucs QB ranking is 102.1 via two years. That beat Ryan Fitzpatrick’s profession mark in crimson and pewter of 94.7.

Nonetheless, backup Blaine Gabbert truly has the very best QB ranking in Tampa Bay historical past for these showing in at the least 10 video games. Gabbert, who has principally been utilized in late-game, kneel-down conditions, has a QB ranking of 108.6. That’s principally as a result of he threw two touchdowns within the second half of the Bucs’ 47-7 win over the Lions in 2020. And he has but to throw an interception in mop-up responsibility.

The One Bucs Report That Will Nonetheless Be Out Of Attain

The one Bucs passing document Brady received’t break in 2023 is Winston’s profession passing yards mark. In two years, Brady has thrown for a tremendous 9,949 yards. That presently ranks seventh on the Bucs’ all-time record.

He wants 992 yards to go Johnson (10,940) and a couple of,699 to maneuver previous Williams (12,648) into fifth place. If Brady passes for 4,872 yards this season, he’ll transfer previous Dilfer (12,969), Freeman (13,534) and Testaverde (14,820) into second place. However Brady would wish one other yr to surpass Winston’s profession passing mark of 19,737. He’s presently 9,788 yards away from that document.

A pair of 4,900-yard passing seasons in crimson and pewter would do it.

If Brady returns to Tampa Bay in 2023 that might actually occur.

FAB 2. Brady’s Crimson Zone Perfection Is Wonderful

One in all Tom Brady’s most unbelievable data with the Bucs is his mastery within the crimson zone. In 39 video games in Tampa Bay, together with the postseason, Brady has thrown 68 crimson zone touchdowns.

Brady has thrown 60 crimson zone touchdowns within the common season and eight within the postseason. These 68 scores account for 68% of the 99 whole touchdowns he’s thrown in Tampa Bay. He has thrown 83 within the common season and 16 within the postseason.

However what’s much more spectacular is that Brady hasn’t thrown a single interception within the crimson zone since becoming a member of the Bucs.

PFF studies that Brady has 295 consecutive crimson zone passes with out an interception within the common season. That’s actually outstanding.

As a defensive coordinator charged with attempting to maintain quarterbacks out of the tip zone, Bucs head coach Todd Bowles marvels at Brady’s feat.

Bucs WR Mike Evans and QB Tom Brady

Bucs WR Mike Evans and QB Tom Brady – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

“That’s very uncommon,” Bowles stated. “It nonetheless amazes me to today. It’s important to be a really good, savvy quarterback to keep away from the belongings you keep away from. I’m certain there have been just a few tipped balls right here and there. However for essentially the most half, he understands that we’d like factors – whether or not it’s seven or three. He’s been doing that a very long time. [The red zone TD-INT stat] one in every of his infants – I believe he takes numerous delight in it and I believe that claims loads concerning the man.”

Brady’s Crimson Zone Targets

Do you bear in mind who caught Brady’s first landing go in 2020? It additionally occurred to be the primary of his 60 common season crimson zone TD passes.

Should you guessed Mike Evans, you’d be fallacious. Evans did catch a 2-yard landing at New Orleans within the Bucs’ 34-23 loss in Week 1 that yr. However that was Brady’s second TD go as a Buccaneer.

The primary was truly a 9-yard strike to former Bucs tight finish O.J. Howard. Brady wound up throwing 28 crimson zone touchdowns out of his 40 TDs in 2020. Evans caught essentially the most with 9 crimson zone scores, adopted by Chris Godwin with six and Rob Gronkowski with 5.

In 2021, 32 of Brady’s 43 landing passes have been within the crimson zone. Evans hauled in 10 of them, with Godwin and Gronkowski every catching 5.

Brady threw seven crimson zone touchdowns within the 2020 postseason, with Gronkowski and Mike Evans main with two every. Leonard Fournette, Cameron Brate and Antonio Brown additionally caught crimson zone TDs within the 2020 postseason. Gronkowski additionally caught Brady’s lone crimson zone TD go within the 2021 playoffs – a 2-yarder towards Philadelphia.

FAB 3. What If Gronk’s Retirement Is A Sensible Joke?

Instantly after Bucs tight finish Rob Gronkowski introduced his retirement, his agent did one thing I’ve by no means seen earlier than. Simply minutes after the announcement was made public, Drew Rosenhaus informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he envisions Gronkowski taking part in once more.

That’s odd.

And figuring out how Gronkowski likes to have a great time and play sensible jokes, the very first thing that got here to my thoughts was him presumably “pulling a Tom Brady” and un-retiring after 40 days. That will imply Gronk skipping the primary few days of coaching camp and arriving in Tampa the weekend of July 30-31.

But when Gronk is taking part in some sort of sensible joke on Brady, the Bucs and their followers, let’s hope common supervisor Jason Licht is in on it. Tampa Bay should make investments hundreds of thousands in a veteran like Jared Prepare dinner, Blake Jarwin, Jimmy Graham, Kyle Rudolph or another person to switch the longer term Corridor of Famer.

The Bucs can’t signal Gronk’s alternative solely to have him say in a month, “Hey, simply kidding! I’m coming again!” After which pay Gronk hundreds of thousands, too.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

So, if the Bucs don’t signal a veteran previous to the beginning of coaching camp, you possibly can nonetheless maintain out hope for this pipe dream situation to occur and for Gronk to return.

If this isn’t a joke, then we should always all heed Rosenhaus’ phrases.

Will Gronk Return Midseason?

Maybe Gronkowski needs to forego coaching camp and the beginning of the season and solely play a half of a season. Possibly Gronk doesn’t belief his physique, which has performed 11 years within the league, to carry up over a full 17-game season. Accidents have taken their toll on Gronkowski, now 33, through the years. Final yr, he missed 5 video games after breaking ribs and puncturing his lung in a Week 3 loss towards the Rams.

In 2020, Gronkowski noticed Antonio Brown be a part of the staff in November and assist the Bucs win a Tremendous Bowl simply over three months later. Maybe he’ll observe go well with as a shock midseason addition?

Gronkowski already retired as soon as following New England’s Tremendous Bowl win in 2018. After sitting out the 2019 season because of accidents, the 31-year outdated Gronkowski got here out of retirement to reunite with Brady in Tampa Bay. The Bucs traded for Gronkowski to accumulate his rights and he helped the staff win Tremendous Bowl LV.

Possibly this time, Gronkowski shortens his retirement from a yr to only a few months and returns to assist the Bucs win one other Tremendous Bowl.

FAB 4. Bucs Might Wait To Signal Some Veterans

As Pewter Report’s Matt Matera identified on Thursday, the Bucs have a few evident holes at each exterior linebacker and tight finish. It’s not that the Bucs lack sufficient our bodies or sufficient expertise. It’s that Tampa Bay lacks expertise at each positions.

However Bucs common supervisor Jason Licht would possibly wait till deep into coaching camp or maybe after the preseason to handle one or each of these wants.

Bucs OLB Cam Gill

Bucs OLB Cam Gill – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Second-year participant Joe Tryon-Shoyinka replaces Jason Pierre-Paul as a beginning exterior linebacker reverse Professional Bowler Shaq Barrett. Veteran Anthony Nelson, who’s in a contract yr, is the highest reserve off the bench. If all three keep wholesome, the Bucs must be fantastic with both Cam Gill, Elijah Ponder or maybe seventh-round choose Andre Anthony because the fourth exterior linebacker. But when the Bucs lose Barrett, who missed three video games final yr, abruptly they lack a ton of expertise on the sector.

The identical will be stated at tight finish, the place Cameron Brate is de facto the one veteran on the staff. Codey McElroy, 29, has been round since 2019, however totally on the apply squad. He’s performed in simply three video games in three years and isn’t a lock to make the staff. Tampa Bay invested a pair of draft picks in Cade Otton (fourth spherical) and Ko Kieft (sixth spherical). The Bucs like their expertise and are optimistic for his or her futures. Brate will not be a super starter, particularly after dropping Rob Gronkowski to retirement. So, if he goes down with an harm, the Bucs are awfully younger and inexperienced.

It appears seemingly that the Bucs would wish to add an skilled edge rusher like former Buc Carl Nassib, Justin Houston or Carlos Dunlap in some unspecified time in the future. The identical could possibly be stated at tight finish, with veterans like Jimmy Graham, Kyle Rudolph, Jared Prepare dinner and Blake Jarwin nonetheless out there.

Bucs Have Waited To Add Gamers After Camp Earlier than

But, with loads of younger expertise that the Bucs like already on the roster, there won’t be a rush to signal a veteran proper now. Tampa Bay would possibly undergo coaching camp, giving the younger edge rushers and tight ends extra reps to see how shortly they develop. Including a veteran at one or each of these positions would solely take away reps in camp and within the preseason video games from guys like Gill, Ponder, Anthony, Otton, Kieft and others.

Bucs TE Cade Otton

Bucs TE Cade Otton – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Licht and head coach Todd Bowles might wish to entry the positions in late August to see if a veteran is actually wanted. If Otton appears to be like like a No. 1 tight finish, the Bucs could be tempted to not add a veteran tight finish firstly of the season. That will additionally go away the door open simply in case Gronkowski needs to come back out of retirement midseason. If Gill or Ponder finally ends up main the Bucs in sacks within the preseason, maybe going with a younger, rising participant with extra upside makes extra sense than signing an growing old veteran whose abilities are in decline.

Licht is understood for his endurance. In 2014, he acquired defensive finish Jacquies Smith off waivers in early September. He wound up being a two-year starter. The identical occurred in 2018, when Licht claimed Nassib off waivers per week earlier than the season began. And operating again Leonard Fournette wasn’t signed till per week previous to the beginning of the 2020 season.

Assist could be on the way in which at exterior linebacker and tight finish – however it might or might not arrive till after coaching camp.

FAB 5. SR’s Buc Pictures

• MIKE IS TOM’S MAIN MAN: In two seasons collectively, Bucs receiver Mike Evans and quarterback Tom Brady have linked for 27 touchdowns. Brady and Evans even have a pair of postseason touchdowns, too. Final yr, Evans broke his personal document for many TD catches in a season with 14. What’s on faucet for 2022?

• BRADY CHOSE THE BUCS – TWICE: Whereas rumors swirled this offseason about Tom Brady presumably taking part in elsewhere, he in the end got here out of retirement to play with the Bucs. Meaning he’s now chosen Tampa Bay twice.

• DON’T ENCOURAGE HIM, GRONK: Retired Bucs tight finish Rob Gronkowski had some enjoyable on Twitter relating to his re-retirement and Brady’s quick retirement.

• FIRST BALLOT HALL OF FAMER: Gronk’s stats communicate for themselves.


• REACTION TO GRONKOWSKI’S RETIREMENT ON THE PEWTER REPORT PODCAST: The Pewter Report Podcast is energized by CELSIUS and broadcasts 4 stay episodes every week. Pewter Report Podcasts sometimes air on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4:00 pm EST within the offseason.

On Monday, Matt Matera and Scott Reynolds mentioned the Bucs’ offensive sleepers heading into coaching camp.

Tuesday’s episode featured loads of dialogue relating to Rob Gronkowski’s retirement announcement.

Matera, Reynolds and J.C. Allen analyzed the Bucs’ defensive sleepers heading into coaching camp.

Matera and Kasey Hudson talked about whether or not the Bucs are nonetheless a high NFC staff even with out Gronkowski on Thursday.

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• GRONK’S BEST PLAYS AS A BUCCANEER: You might need to observe this video on YouTube, however the Bucs have compiled an inventory of Rob Gronkowki’s finest performs in crimson and pewter through the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Take pleasure in.