FFLockerRoom | Apr 15th
Sometimes despite playing at a very high level, a player takes a step backwards due to reasons that are out of his control. Last season the New England Patriots Tom Brady was that type of player. Having lost wide receiver Wes Welker in free agency, tight end Aaron Hernandez to murder allegations and Rob Gronkowski to ongoing injuries, Brady severely lacked a solid red-zone target for most of the season. The proof can be seen in his touchdowns as he threw for a total of 25, his worst non-injury season total since 2006. Depending on what the NFL Draft and free agency brings, Brady will start 2014 off without stud tight end Gronkowski and a true #1 option on offense. If the Patriots find a way to upgrade the offensive talent level around the former Michigan quarterback, he could see a season in which he once again passes for 35+ touchdowns. But it will take a lot to get him back to that. As for now look at Brady as more of a lower-end QB1 in deeper, 12-team leagues.