Tom Brady Constantly Working On Mechanics, Maintaining ‘Foot Speed’


September 30, 2015

FOXBORO, Mass. — If Tom Brady looks slightly more mobile in the pocket this season, your eyes aren’t deceiving you.

Brady constantly is working on his craft, which is one of the main reasons why he’s still one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks at 38 years old. Brady has said in the past he works to improve one aspect of his game every offseason. The New England Patriots quarterback wouldn’t get into specifics Wednesday about what he picked in 2015, but he alluded to working on his mobility.

“There are a lot of things I always want to improve on, so I’ll watch players around the league at my position and see the things that they do really well,” Brady said. “And (I’m) always trying to become a better player for our team. A lot of those things are personal. But I constantly work on my mechanics, try to keep my foot speed, not that it’s ever been very exceptional, but try to get out of the way of at least one lineman per Sunday, or defensive lineman.

“So (I’m) just trying to make a few plays outside the pocket, which we’ve done a decent job of. And ultimately, it comes down to throwing the football, and I’m a big believer in mechanics. Someone that’s, you know, if you’ve got poor mechanics, I don’t think they’ll hold up under pressure.”

Brady showed off his “foot speed” Sunday in the Patriots’ 51-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars when he evaded pressure, scrambled to his left and hit wide receiver Keshawn Martin for a touchdown.

Brady is completing 72.2 percent of his passes this season — the highest mark of his career — and has yet to throw an interception. So it appears the work on his mechanics is paying off, as well.

Thumbnail photo via James Lang/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Sep 27, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. New England defeated Jacksonville 51-17. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
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