Addressing the media for the first time since the AFC Championship game, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could only speak in generalities about where his team is right now during OTAs.
“We got a long way to go,” said Brady, who was in the midst of his annual charity football game for Best Buddies at Harvard Stadium. “It’s only been a couple of days. So we’re a long way from the season and we’re going to need all the practices we can get.”
Brady had appeared frustrated at Friday morning’s OTA practice at Gillette Stadium after more than a few his passes were dropped by his young receivers. The 36-year-old quarterback began to focus in on Julian Edelman, his leading receiver last season and a fellow Best Buddies participant.
Earlier in the week, Brady had told TheMMQB’s Peter King that he feels better than he did when he was 25. He reiterated that feeling Friday as well.
“I feel great. I try to really stay in shape, especially this time of year,” he said. “You gotta put the work in advance and you gotta pay the price early and I’m trying to impart that on my younger teammates that this is a really important time of year to prepare yourself to play a long season. So doing a two-a-day like we’re doing today is definitely apart of the plan.”
As for his impressions of rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, it appears Brady is still reserving judgement.
“He’s a really nice kid,” Brady said. “He’s a great guy. All the guys that we have, all the new guys have really come in. … hopefully they can play well on our team.”