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Was third in the league with a 65.5 percent completion percentage—even more impressive when you factor in the 17 dropped passes counting against him. The Patriots offense is built around high-efficiency strikes to wide receivers and tight ends over the middle. This is where Brady excels.
Not known as a runner, he is able to step up and out of the pocket and deliver strikes downfield. When Brady must move laterally, he's able to square his shoulders and throw accurately both across his body and downfield.
Not the same since Randy Moss left, but Brady's touch on long routes is still superb. Inexperience with wide receivers definitely hurt Brady in 2011. Too often Brady threw deep into coverage, where poor accuracy results in interceptions.
Never had a big arm, but still throws with excellent velocity inside 20 yards. There was some noticeable wiggle in his deep balls in 2011 that I had not seen before, but in mechanics and velocity, Brady is still elite.
Few quarterbacks in NFL history have been as good with the game on the line as Brady. Among non-injured quarterbacks in 2011, Brady leads all active passers with 27 game-winning drives.
Too often forced the ball into windows that weren't there in 2011, a new problem. See his four-interception game against the Bills as evidence of Brady pressing.
The gold standard for NFL and college quarterbacks. He stands tall, has a clean motion and wastes no time.
It is well-documented how slow Brady ran at the NFL Scouting Combine (5.23!). But he is smooth and deceptive. Does a nice job stepping out of the way of pressure and has great field vision to see openings.
Watching Brady lightly bounce on his toes in the pocket, scanning the field and moving deftly away from pass rushers is a thing of beauty. His ability to “feel” the pass rush ranks not only among the best in the game today, but of all time.
Has been healthy since recovering from 2008 ACL tear, despite constant mention on the Patriots' injury report.
Brady may no longer be the best quarterback, but he's still deadly. In an offense built around No. 12, he continues to rise to the challenge. Now in the twilight of his career, after 12 seasons, Brady relies more on knowledge than raw ability. With the addition of a solid No. 1 wide receiver, Brady could challenge our No. 1 quarterback for supremacy in 2012.