FOXBOROUGH — Far be it for any quarterback to crow over the crop of receivers that he has in the spring. But this is no ordinary group. Tom Brady has a decorated bunch whom he has plenty of history with, from the newly signed Jabar Gaffney and Donte’ Stallworth, to veterans Deion Branch, Wes Welker, and Chad Ochocinco. With all of the receivers in place, including free agent signing Brandon Lloyd, it was an inevitable topic of discussion in Brady’s first speaking session to the media Thursday afternoon.
“We’ve brought in quite a few guys. So hopefully the mix of guys that we had last year along with the new guys can create some different options for us,” Brady said. “It’s a very competitive position. All of our days at practice have been very competitive. But it’ll help our defense out, it’ll help our offense out. The more good players you have, the better team you’re gonna be. It’s only our sixth day of OTAs. Obviously we have a lot of work to do before the season starts. It’s been a lot of fun being out there, seeing Dante’ and Jabar who I’ve played with before. And I really loved playing with those guys. And obviously Wes, Deion, and Chad. We have a very competitive position.”
Brady also opined on his appreciation for the spring practices, which he says he did not necessarily enjoy in his 20s.
“I appreciate it every day. I think that one thing that my injury taught me a few years ago was how fragile this game is,” Brady said. “To be able to take the field every week is really a blessing. Maybe at 34, I feel a little differently in that sense. I love it just as much now as I ever have. I love being out here for the OTAs. Going on 25, I was probably [expletive] about the OTAs. But when you’re 34, you’re not. You’re saying alright, let’s see what kind of team we got. I really got nothing else going on in my life. So I try to come out here and do a good job for this team.”