Tom Brady and the Patriots have been on the field for six organized team activities in the last two weeks, with more coming next week.
He is largely unfamiliar with the receivers he has been working with after New England essentially overturned the position group in the last few months.
But while Brady likely has had to exhibit more patience as the new faces learn the playbook as well as the quarterback’s preferences and he their tendencies, he does not feel like he has to coach them.
“I don’t feel like, no I don’t feel like they need to be coached, so to speak,” he said. “I just go out there and try to do the best I can. You know, the more efficient I am, the better I produce, the better it is for the team. My focus has been on making improvements. I felt like it’s been a good offseason thus far. I’m hoping to keep it going and get right into [the season]…
“Definitely we’re trying to get all those guys up to speed, when you haven’t really played with anybody for a significant amount of time. We’re in a pressurized situation. There’s definitely a learning curve and we’re gonna try and work through that learning curve as much as we can. So practice is going to be competitive.”
Brady chatted with reporters during halftime of the touch football game at Harvard that serves as the opening event of the annual Best Buddies Hyannis Port challenge. As usual, he received a great deal of support from current and former teammates, including Vince Wilfork, Zoltan Mesko, Ryan Mallett, Ryan Wendell, Jerod Mayo, Dan Koppen and Joe Andruzzi.
Danny Amendola, one of those new receivers, was also a participant, and Julian Edelman was on the sideline – Edelman’s injured right foot is still being protected by a walking boot, and he also had a
Of Amendola, Brady said: “He comes in and he works really hard. He wants to do everything right. He’s very competitive. It’s been a lot of fun. He’s out here today. We’re having fun together.”
Brady was of course asked about the health of Rob Gronkowski – the tight end underwent a fourth arm surgery on May 20 and will have back surgery in mid-June – but gave a very Patriot answer.
“I really don’t know. I haven’t inquired too much about what’s going on,” he said. “It’s all the medical stuff; it always sorts itself out. So I’ve been working hard with the guys that have been out there and I look forward to him getting back on the field.”