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One of the pivotal moments of the Bucs’ Week 11 victory over the Giants didn’t come thanks to Tom Brady’s arm. Instead it came due to his legs, as the quarterback’s third down scramble helped put points on the board for Tampa Bay in the second quarter.

Facing a 3rd-and-10 at the Giants 33, Brady stepped up in the pocket, saw a lane and took off. A few yards short of the marker, Brady stepped out of a diving Tae Crowder tackle to pick up the first down. A few plays later, a Ryan Succop field goal gave the Bucs a 10-3 lead.

The scramble officially went down as a 10-yard run, Brady’s second longest of the season. The future Hall of Famer had a 13-yard romp against the Dolphins. Last year, Brady’s longest run of the season was just four yards! So don’t blame him for wanting credit for every yard he can get on his scrambles in 2021.

“Eleven-yard run,” Brady corrected the media after the victory. “They don’t happen very often, so I remember how far they go. It was pretty good.”

Brady has already forced three missed tackles this season, per Pro Football Focus. That’s the most missed tackles he has ever forced in a single season, and there are still seven games to go! This is the first season in Brady’s career that he has forced more than one missed tackle.

“It’s been forever,” Brady said about the time that has lapsed since last high-stepping out of a tackle. “Probably never. That is not my thing. That’s not what I do. Good to have it come up. Hopefully I can do that again next week too. Make a couple of those [plays].”

Brady already has 51 rushing yards this season, his most in a season since 2016. He’s also averaging 3.2 yards per rush, the second-best mark of his career. The only season where the Bucs quarterback performed better on the ground was a 3.3 average in 2005. He’s got 7 games left to set a new career high in 2021 – at 44 years old.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
12 days ago

He looks awkward when he does run but that was a beauty last night. And to high step the tackle and get the first down was awesome to see. Tom told us that he was a new man with the brace off and now I believe him lol

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
12 days ago

Mobile Brady at 44! Awesome. He looks like Mike Glennon a bit running, like a giraffe running lol. Still awesome though! Go Tom!

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  fredster
11 days ago

I thought he looked much better on that Walter Payton jump step run than Mike Glennon ever did. Speaking of Glennon. I had this underlying concern that Danny Jones would go down and MG would lead the Giants to victory.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly(@captain-sly)
12 days ago

If Brady got into a race with a pregnant lady he would come in third.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
Reply to  Captain Sly
12 days ago

Mean but funny. Chortle, chortle.

ScottC543
ScottC543(@scottc543)
12 days ago

LFG!

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
12 days ago

Just a thought but it would be a nice add it the PR staff could relate to us the type of plays used in the section such as rushing (inside or outside) number of play action passes and plays used with motion. On defense it would be nice to know how many times we bltized and the type of coverages employed. Just a thought.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  drdneast
11 days ago

Too Familiar might already be on your assignment. Here’s the only number I really care about 7 dash 3 and by most accounts, top 3 in the league.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
12 days ago

TB-12’s knee surgery made that possible. Brady will never be known as a scrambling quarterback but he’s actually made a lot of plays with his legs – he is considered the best quarterback sneaker in the league, as he has shown from time to time here in Tampa. He has very good timing and vision to find that tiny crease in the defensive line and linebackers to get the ball across the goal line.

HomerSimpsonRocks
HomerSimpsonRocks(@homersimpsonrocks)
12 days ago

OMG that run, and his reaction after was so amazing.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
12 days ago

That was fun and scary all at the same time! A fired up Brady is a dangerous Brady!

revfish
revfish(@revfish)
12 days ago

Brady running has been a big boost to the offense, not because of yards but because his pocket movement and when he runs he gets what is needed. That’s another option that didn’t exist last year with his knee

compewterpirate
compewterpirate(@compewterpirate)
12 days ago

It was a great play and no doubt would not have been possible last season due to his torn MCL, now surgically repaired. Of course TB 12 is not a scrambling QB, but his pocket awareness and ability to re-adjust and move up, or find space in the pocket, is outstanding. In spite of limited mobility he also has a remarkable ability to enact a QB sneak when needed. Arguably the best in the league at it.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
11 days ago

It sure sparked the crowd. Even the Giants fans liked it…….sort of.

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