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2007 Patriots redux? Tom Brady should love these stats about Bucs WRs

2007 Patriots redux? Tom Brady should love these stats about Bucs WRs

There reportedly were many factors that led to Tom Brady choosing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

But we can guess what's at the top of the list.

The former New England Patriots quarterback will get to throw to a talented group of pass-catchers in Tampa Bay, led by wide receivers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.

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How talented, you ask? Pro Football Focus pulled this notable 2019 stat about Godwin and Evans, who ranked third and 13th in the NFL in receiving yards, respectively:

PFF gave Godwin a 90.7 overall grade in 2019 -- second-highest in the NFL behind the Saints' Michael Thomas -- while Evans also cracked the top 10 at 85.7.

Those numbers put them in an elite group of just five wide receiver duos, one of which was the Wes Welker-Randy Moss tandem that tore up the NFL catching passes from Brady in 2007.

Here's another Godwin-Evans stat with the same angle, courtesy of NFL Research:

The Patriots' 16-0 2007 campaign arguably was the best of Brady's career: He threw an NFL-record 50 touchdown passes to just eight interceptions and posted a 117.2 passer rating that's the fifth-highest in NFL history.

Will Brady reach that level of success at age 43 in a new offense? Unlikely. But considering what the three-time NFL MVP did with occasionally underwhelming talent in New England, it's scary to think of Tampa Bay's upside if Brady can jell with Godwin and Evans.

Oh, and did we mention the possibility of Antonio Brown joining the Bucs, as well? Maybe those 2007 numbers aren't that far out of reach...

Patriots fans may bristle at Chris Jones' reaction to Chiefs extension

Patriots fans may bristle at Chris Jones' reaction to Chiefs extension

Did the 2001 New England Patriots believe they were launching a dynasty after winning Super Bowl XXXVI? Probably not.

But the defending Super Bowl champions appear a bit more confident.

Days after signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to the richest contract in North American sports, the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a four-year, $85 million contract extension with defensive tackle Chris Jones, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday.

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So, how did Jones celebrate his new deal with Kansas City? By declaring an apparent continuation of the Chiefs' "dynasty."

Jones has every reason to be confident in his team, which kept its core intact after winning Super Bowl LIV and is the current Super Bowl LV favorite.

But Patriots fans who watched Bill Belichick and Tom Brady lead New England to six championships over two decades might view Jones' "dynasty" talk as premature.

After all, no team has won back-to-back titles since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004, and no team aside from New England and Seattle (2013 and 2014) has even reached the Super Bowl in back-to-back years since 2000.

And after signing Cam Newton, the Patriots may believe their own dynasty isn't dead yet despite Brady's departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

History won't stop Jones and the Chiefs from setting lofty goals, however, as Mahomes said recently he's eyeing Brady's record of six Super Bowl titles. Better get started soon.

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Hypocrisy for Patriots fans to root for Tom Brady, but not Cam Newton

Hypocrisy for Patriots fans to root for Tom Brady, but not Cam Newton

If you rooted for Tom Brady and don’t root for Cam Newton, you are a hypocrite. 

In 2014, the Patriots started the season 2-2 and after a humiliating loss on Monday Night Football in Kansas City, some idiot — that would be me — declared that the Pats had lost their soul.

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Of course, I was wrong, as the greatest quarterback ever went on to the lead the Pats to their fourth Super Bowl win with a big assist from Malcolm Butler. 

That was Part 2 of the "Tom Brady: Me Against the World" trilogy.

Of course, the original was getting drafted as a sixth-round pick out of Michigan. Part 3 was Deflategate when Brady won his fifth Super Bowl after he was suspended for four games.

For the purpose of this writing, we focus on Part 2 because some thought Brady’s best days were behind him. (Many feel the same about Cam Newton now.) Even Bill Belichick said Tom was getting older and the plans for his successor in Jimmy Garoppolo were laid out before us ... and Brady.  

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But once again, Brady defied the odds and forced Belichick to trade Jimmy G. to San Francisco. Needing to prove he still had "it," Brady reinvented himself and became a physical specimen, defying Father Time.

Can Cam Newton do the same? He is not as old now as Brady was then, but this guy was left for dead by the rest of the NFL and has even more to prove than Brady ever did.

If you backed Tom Brady, how can you not do the same for Cam?

Look, I love Tom Brady the football player. Off the field, I think he’s lost his mind, but there has been no better player in the history of sports than TB12. (See Tom, I used your logo. Happy?)

However, right now I am in Cam’s corner like I was in Brady’s when he was a Patriot. And you should be too.