FOXBOROUGH -- Quarterback Tom Brady has participated in all 19 of the Patriots' training camp practices, forgoing a day off as he returns from his left knee injury.
Tom Brady (Matthew J. Lee / Globe Staff)
As a leader of the team, Brady seems to be sending a message to his teammates and coaches that goes something like this: "Don't worry about me."
This is a change from years past.
Last year, for example, Brady took a day off after 10 practices. Brady has also talked in the past about being on a pitch count to preserve his arm, similar to a pitcher in baseball, which has led to him taking days off.
With this in mind, I asked veteran running back Fred Taylor what he's noticed about Brady now that he's his teammate instead of on the opposite sideline.
“He’s a leader, a high sense of urgency, committed," Taylor answered. "It’s a no-brainer why he’s been successful.”
Asked if he was curious what it would be like to see a different side of Brady, the former Jacksonville Jaguar laughed.
"I was wondering why they always kicked our [butt] in the playoffs," Taylor said. "I see it up close and personal now. That’s your answer.”
Brady is expected to answer questions from reporters on Tuesday.