FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — As the Patriots inch closer to the season opener, Tom Brady isn’t allowing his teammates to take the variety of practices lightly. Brady took a few moments after today’s morning session to talk to the media.
During training camp, Brady said he has been vocal because he feels it is his responsibility.
“If the quarterback won’t do it, then who will do it,” said Brady today after the morning practice. “That’s how I always think about. So, if it’s like, ‘Hey guys, it’s alright. It was a [bad] play, but we’ll get the next one.’ That’s not the way it works.
“The first rep of the drill to me is the most important because you never get it back. It always sets the tempo and the tone and you don’t throw interceptions, you don’t walk around, you don’t jog through unless it’s a jog through period. We’re coming out here to compete. We came a long way for these practices, so might as well come out and try to play our best.”
There isn’t an update on Brady’s contract situation. All he said was, “No news. Just keep practicing. I’ll go back and do what I can control.”
As for the offense, Brady said he would like to see a balance with the running game.
“It’s great because if a team can’t stop the line, you’re just going to keep running it,” Brady said. “That’s the reality. You control the whole game if you’re able to run the ball. Problems are when you can’t run the ball and it’s really one dimensional, and then passing situations, they’re just two and out. You hate to hand off on first down [to get to] second and nine because then you aren’t going to want to run the ball.
“We’re really trying to [work against] our defense every day because they are a great run-stopping defense. So I think that really helps us. The different schemes that we use to try to create some holes that we can run through. Our backs are fine no matter what.”
Overall, Brady said he is feeling good and looking forward to progressing.
“I feel great, as great as you can feel.,” Brady said. “My arm feels good. My legs feel good.”
“Finger feels good,” Brady said. “I’ve got no concerns.”