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Patriots | Should Tom Brady throw less in 2013?

The New England Patriots may have to consider reducing QB Tom Brady's workload. He threw the ball 637 times this season, the most in his career, and his numbers took somewhat of a dip in 2012. Brady's completion percentage of 63 percent was his lowest percentage since 2006. The percentage of his passes that went for touchdowns dropped to 5.3, his lowest number since 2009. His average yards per pass was 7.6, his lowest since 2008. Brady also struggled in the final month of the season, completing 58.5 percent of his passes in December and averaging seven yards per pass. He had 10 touchdowns but also five interceptions.

Fantasy Tip: Brady finished the season fourth in passing yards (4,827), touchdown passes (34) and passing yards per game (302); however, it would not be a stretch to suggest the team rely less on the passing game in 2013, at least to succeed in the playoffs. Backs Stevan Ridley (who had a breakout campaign in 2012) and Shane Vereen appear ready to carry an even greater offensive load. An effective ground game will only continue to benefit Brady and the receivers in the passing game.

2013-01-28 06:23:44 | Source: The Providence Journal - Paul Kenyon

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