Pro Football Focus ranks Patriots as No. 1 passing attack in league

AJ Mast | Associated Press

A quarterback and his targets must have a solid relationship in order to lead their teams to victory.

Because of these strong connections created between Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and company, the New England Patriots propelled to the top of Pro Football Focus’ passing offense rankings.

The Patriots ranked above the Atlanta Falcons who were No. 2, Green Bay Packers at No. 3, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 4 and Pittsburgh Steelers who rounded out the top five.

Per PFF:

“The Patriots receive the No. 1 ranking here not because they won the Super Bowl last season. They do so because QB Tom Brady fielded the highest graded season by a quarterback in the PFF Era. And because TE Rob Gronkowski’s 3.18 yards per route run ranked first not just among tight ends, but among all receivers. Combine all that with Brady’s other receiving threats in Julian Edelman, newly acquired Brandin Cooks and the pass-catching duo of James White and Dion Lewis – and well, you get the point.”

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Brady returned from his four-game suspension last year to complete one of the most efficient seasons in NFL history, tallying 28 passing touchdowns and two interceptions. And while he was healthy, Rob Gronkowski put up productive numbers as well, ranking first in yards per route.

With Brady returning, Gronk at full health, the addition of Brandin Cooks and the already-strong wide receiver corps, the Patriots are stacked and ready to go for 2017.

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