Tom Brady is the type of quarterback who makes his teammates better. But every once in awhile he acknowledges someone special that helps him on the field, too.
After dismantling the Saints 36-20 Sunday in New Orleans, Brady spoke candidly about running back James White.
“I’ve played with a lot of great teammates, and James (White) is right up there with the best,” Brady said, via The Boston Sports Journal.
White, who finished Sunday’s game with eight receptions for 85 yards, and two carries for 11 yards, played a pivotal role with New England suffering through a depleted receiving corps.
Brady threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns against New Orleans’ shambolic defense, and White served as his safety valve just like he did in last season’s Super Bowl win over the Falcons.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Thanks largely to a pair of rushing touchdowns, Brissett managed a career-best 27.76 fantasy points, just 4.50 shy of his total in his previous three NFL starts combined (32.26). It was, however, still likely more of a statement about the Cleveland Browns’ defense than Brissett himself. FYI: The Seattle Seahawks are next up on Brissett’s schedule.
Todd Gurley, RB, Rams: Though his was a Thursday night performance, it’s one that shouldn’t be overlooked among “winners.” Gurley’s 37.9 PPR fantasy points were the 10th most by any running back in a Thursday game since at least 1950, and they were the third most at the position since Thursday Night Football began in 2006, trailing only Kareem Hunt’s 45.6 in 2017 Week 1 and Brian Westbrook’s 40.0 in 2008 Week 13. They also gave Gurley a new career high, as did his 32.9 non-PPR fantasy points. He continues to look like a borderline RB1 thanks to his role as the team’s clear goal-line back, though his 3.8 yards-per-carry average through three games should serve as a reminder not to get overzealous with your expectations from him.