Tom Brady’s Targets

July 4th, 2020

So what will the red zone offense look like this year with park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady?

Looking at the roster should be a tell.

With wide receivers like Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and tight ends like Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Cam Brate, one would think Brady will target these guys and abuse defenses in the red zone.

Well, based on stats, that may not be the case.

The PFF tribe came out with a list of quarterbacks who like to target running backs. And last year nobody targeted running backs more in the red zone than Brady, and it wasn’t even close.

What Joe doesn’t know is if these targets were a result of the Belicheats not having red zone weapons as great as the Bucs’, or if Brady targeting running backs is a personal favorite of his.

Joe finds it difficult to believe that a smart guy like Brady wouldn’t maximize those Bucs trees he’ll have in the red zone. Tampa Bay ranked third in red zone scoring percentage last year (TDs); New England was 26th.

20 Responses to “Tom Brady’s Targets”

  1. SOEbuc Says:

    Except for OJ just yet, those guys are all proven leathal in the red zone. Awesome routes. Up top. I love seeing Brate and OJ at all Brady’s workouts. By week six they could be sick on the same page. And not to mention I’m excited to see Vaughn. Great blocking receiver’s. Screen behind Wirfs, OJ, Evans sounds good to me.


    GO BUCS!!!

  2. Eddie Says:

    What’s wrong with you dude. Brady didn’t target receivers because he only had one he could go too, Edelman. Now he’ll have a full complement of wide outs to throw too.

  3. Hawk Says:

    Brady’s favorite target in the Red Zone, is the one who is open.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Our favorite target in the red zone was Peyton Barber up the middle….

  5. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Let me translate what Tampabaybucfan just said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “I will blame and scapegoat anyone that just left the team, because now all problems are fixed!!!!!!”

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Jason Says:

    So what are his career numbers? Does he always lead in this category, or was it just last year? Come on Joe, put in that work. Lol.

  7. SmoothBayRider Says:

    El Buco ….. I mean TMax, Do you even watch the Bucs , or do you just come here and bash the team ?

  8. Tom in MadCity Says:

    Statistics can tell us what we want to hear or prove. To look at red zone targets for one year and extrapolate that to what can be expected in 2020 is either lazy or deceiving. You have to look at Brady’s body of work over time and Arians’s body of work over time.

    I’m not going to waste my time on this. However, I would expect that when Gronkowski was with Brady in New England, his red zone targets to running backs was lower than 2020. Yes, New England liked to throw to running backs over the course of Brady’s career. But they also liked to throw to tight ends, when they had quality ones.

  9. El Buco Realisto Says:


    Sadly, both!!!!!!!!!! And I have been positive on a rare occasion!!!!!!! You can ask some of the old timers still around if The Buc Realist on a blue moon posted a positive “pro-buc’s” post!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Nutterbuccer Says:

    Thats because Brady had nobody to throw to except Edelman and James white last year. Brady will make our running backs better but I don’t think he’s gonna have a problem in the red zone this year with his weapons.

  11. Beeej Says:

    They need to dig up those same stats from the Randy Moss era

  12. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Ronald Jones is getting better. This will be his breakout year.

  13. Ship Thief Says:

    I saw a positive Realist post once…

    I was driving through Nevada on a chilly November morning, and I saw it flash across the sky! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    It zigged, and it zagged back and forth, without any clear direction!(!!!!!!!!!!!)

    It seemed to just be making somewhat random vapor trails across the sky (!!!!!!!!!!!!) and then it just took off!

    None of my friends believe me.

  14. bojim Says:

    Bucs will own the red zone this season.

  15. BringBucsBack Says:

    In addition to all of the other factors mentioned above, a throw to a back out of the backfield is a shorter throw (easier) to a player who is not near the defense’s teeth & who’s generally covered by one defender on a shortened field. It seems a very high percentage pass compared to most, if not all other throwing options.

  16. Buczilla Says:

    I don’t care if Rojo and Vaughn score 30 receiving touchdowns apiece. I just want to win.

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    So realist is TMax?

    I wasn’t sure even though the stench was the same…

  18. Swampbuc Says:

    The Fakist needs to go. What a buffoon. Enough.

  19. Todd Twinkle Says:

    LOL why you people talking like he isn’t 45 years old and is just gonna turn your 7-9 team into a 9-7 team?


  20. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Well one thing we all can say is that regardless where on the field it is that our rbs will be receiving a lot more passes thrown their way than in the past. One great thing this year is that opposing defenses won’t just have to shut down our receivers if the rbs prove they can catch. Brady doesn’t always keep his eyes down field