Tom Brady has put forth an illustrious NFL career that will one day make him a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Brady continues to add to his impressive resume with records that further cement him as an all-time great. He has notched another feat in his first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he never reached with the New England Patriots.
Tom Brady guides the Bucs past Chargers
Through the first few weeks, the Buccaneers have had their ups and downs offensively.
That was certainly put on display on Sunday in Week 4 action against the LA Chargers. Tampa Bay struggled to find any offensive consistency as the Chargers held the lead throughout much of the game. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert put forth a strong outing as he finished with 290 passing yards with three touchdown passes and a 137.9 passer rating.
However, Tom Brady guided the Buccaneers back in the second half as he orchestrated an impressive comeback, outscoring the Chargers 24-7 over that span. Aside from a first-half interception returned for a touchdown, Brady put together a strong outing with 369 passing yards and five touchdown passes.
It was a performance from the 43-year-old that has further given Tampa Bay promise for lies ahead in the 2020 season. That also marked a career first experience for the future Hall of Famer that he never reached with the Patriots.
Tom Brady accomplishes a career-first with the Bucs
The first four weeks have seen some continued adjustments for the Buccaneers with Tom Brady under center.
It has also been made clear that Brady has a plethora of offensive talent around him. That was put on display in Sunday’s win over the Chargers as he had five touchdown passes. That season-best feat not only made him the oldest player to reach that mark but was the first time he did that with five different targets that he never did with the Patriots, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Brady has a strong connection with star wideout Mike Evans, who had seven catches for 122 receiving yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Scotty Miller has proven to be all the hype from his quarterback as he had five catches for 83 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The 43-year-old spread the ball around to his targets, which will continue to be a theme as he garners more comfort in the offense.
Plenty of room for growth
Despite the obvious room for growth with the Buccaneers, the team has handled their business, winning three out of their first four games.
Since the season-opener loss to the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay has improved each week. Tom Brady has looked more comfortable commanding the offense behind his arm behind his stable production that he didn’t display last year with the Patriots.
Brady is still building his chemistry with his receiving options outside Rob Gronkowski, which should generate much optimism. The Buccaneers are also not at full strength with Pro Bowlers Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette dealing with injuries while tight end O.J. Howard looks to have suffered a season-ending Achilles ailment.
Tampa Bay should also be encouraged by Ronald Jones’ performance as he’s coming off a season-high 111 rushing yards in the win over the Chargers. The Buccaneers will have their challenges ahead against the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers over the next two weeks that should give a clearer picture of where they stand.
Given the circumstances, this offseason, combined with no preseason action, Brady and the Buccaneers are moving into a promising direction. Time will tell if that will equate to them translating that into a playoff berth and much more.