Building on the legacy of the NFL’s one true GOAT, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady already made his mark by helping the team win their second Super Bowl, his seventh personally. I’ve compiled a couple of franchise benchmarks the soon-to-be 44-year-old quarterback can cross in the 2021 season.
10,000 Passing Yards
Brady’s Bucs debut garnered 4,633 passing yards, a feat no other QB in a full season was ever able to do in his first year. With all his offensive starters intact, the addition of former Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, Brady’s second year in Bruce Arians’ offense, and the upcoming 17-game season, garnering 5,400 passing yards in a single season wouldn’t be that difficult. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos set the record of 5,477 yards in 2013. Provided Brady remains healthy, he only needs to average over 322 yards a game to break that. This is very doable in today’s league especially with three Pro Bowl wide receivers, three very capable tight ends, and a new backfield threat.
Claim The No. 2 Spot In Franchise Passing Touchdowns
Without a regular offseason, Brady threw for 40 passing TDs. Just think about how many more he can throw with everyone back and a real off-season. Keep in mind that 40 is the second-highest total in a season of his 21-year career. His 50-TD season came in 2007 when he had Randy Moss. Assuming he matches the same number as last year at minimum, he can tie Josh Freeman’s 80 TDs. He’d still be behind his predecessor and current New Orleans QB Jameis Winston at 121 TDs. It’s not far-fetched at the age of 44 to see Brady break his personal record for TD passes in a single season. Hell, the 17th game makes it more likely he breaks Manning’s 54 TD-record in a season.
Bucs’ Record Brady Already Owns
Brady owns the highest winning percentage of a starting Bucs QB in a full season. The one to note is he’s the most accurate in the position at 65.7 percent. The next most accurate regular starter was Brian Griese at 65.6 in multiple stints, but never a full season. Closing, I can see the future Hall of Famer own all the major passing records, including franchise passing yards.