Quarterback Tom Brady's expected participation in this week's organized team activities is registering on the national scale. The topic is scheduled to be part of ESPN's "First Take" program this morning (10 a.m.).
Teams can have up to 14 organized team activities in the offseason. The sessions are not held in full pads, so they do not reflect a full-fledged, training-camp type practice that includes contact.
Such context is important to keep in mind when the topic of "Brady returning to practice" is addressed.
Still, Brady's expected participation in OTAs is another sign that he remains on the right track with his injured left knee.
Brady has been throwing to his receivers at various times this offseason. His expected participation in this week's OTAs will mark the first time that media members will watch him throw as a group.
The Patriots are scheduled for four OTA sessions this week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). The only session open to the media is Thursday's.
OTAs have become an increasingly important part of teamsí offseasons in recent years, as laying groundwork and introducing concepts in those sessions gives clubs a head start entering training camp. In past years, Brady has approached OTAs with the intensity of an in-season practice, which has set an all-business tone with teammates.