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News: 1 day agoCoach Todd Bowles said Thursday that he doesn't have a "definitive date" for Brady (personal) rejoining the team but isn't concerned about it, ESPN.com's Jenna Laine reports.
Spin: Bowles previously said he expected Brady to return after the team's second preseason game this Saturday against the Titans. The coach isn't necessarily backtracking but didn't want to give an exact date, saying he'd discuss it next week after the exhibition. The Bucs have approved Brady's absence from most of training camp, granting him permission to remain away from the team for personal reasons.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Following a brief retirement, Brady is back and will be under center for Tampa Bay this season. The GOAT attempted 719 passes last season, which is the second most in a single season in NFL history. He also paced the league in completions, passing yardage and passing TDs, and only two QBs scored more fantasy points. Bruce Arians is out and Todd Bowles in as head coach, which could lead to more offensive balance, but it's no accident that seven of Brady's last eight offenses have been pass-first (if not extremely pass-heavy). Brady is 45 years old and doesn't offer much with his legs (81 yards last season), but he's still playing at an elite level, won't be short volume and has a good group of targets. We should expect a slight step back this season, but Brady remains a solid fantasy starter.