Channel 5's Chronicle visited Patriots practice this morning to film a segment on the return of quarterback Tom Brady and gave some of his teammates a chance to take a jab at him for his off-the-field ventures.
Patriots seventh-year center Dan Koppen didn't pass up the opportunity. Asked about Brady's offseason photo shoots (he's on the cover of this month's Details magazine), Koppen played right along.
"We've been through this before," said Koppen. "He's probably toned it down a little this year. He hasn't had any sheep or farm animals in his shoots. From that, he's done pretty well."
Brady, of course, was famously photographed holding a goat as part of a Stetson campaign a few years back. Linemen never forget these things.
"He gets back here, he comes back down to life," said Koppen. "We try to provide a little humor. Make sure he knows that we can get him at any time... I think he knows who can provide the most damage."
Turning it back to the subject of football, Koppen had some interesting thoughts on this year's training camp, calling it the hardest he's been a part of in New England.