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Mike Lombardi on OMF connects some of Tom Brady's struggles this year to missing OTAs

Ryan Hannable
December 29, 2018 - 11:06 am
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While the numbers are not that off for Tom Brady this year, the eye-test says this is not one of his better seasons.

The 41-year-old ranks outside the top 10 in nearly every conventional passing category and the Patriots are currently 10-5 on the year, the most losses they have had since 2009.

Appearing Friday on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria with John Tomase and Marc James filling in, The Ringer's Mike Lombardi gave his theory on why Brady has struggled this season.

“I think a little bit of it is that a lot of new players are on the team and I think you see that,” he said. “When Tom misses a throw, when he thinks the receiver is going to be to the right and he ends up being to the left, that’s really all about trust. That’s what happened to me, when you watched him with Josh Gordon, it was really kind of unique in how he was able to develop trust with Josh Gordon on such a quick basis and he did.

"And I think that’s really what it comes in to, there’s a lot of guys, it takes a lot of time. You know, missing the OTA days, people say, ‘Well, Tom Brady he doesn’t need it.’ But the guys around him need him there and I think some of that sometimes shows up.”

Not mentioned is the number of wide receivers the Patriots brought in, or counted on this offseason, but didn't work out. Some of those players include: Jordan Matthews, Kenny Britt, Malcolm Mitchell and Eric Decker.

Brady and the Patriots close out the year this Sunday against the Jets and a win would give them the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.

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