Tom Brady not attending Patriots’ OTAs

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The next phase of the Patriots’ Organized Team Activities begin today, and Tom Brady is not present.

Brady, who has been working out on his own all offseason, remains away as on-field football activities begin at OTAs today, according to multiple reports.

That’s not a great sign of harmony in New England. Although OTAs are voluntary and Brady is free to show up, stay home, or be anywhere else he wants to be, he has said in the past that he considers this on-field work to be valuable. The Patriots have added wide receivers Jordan Matthews, Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios this offseason, and it couldn’t hurt for Brady to get some on-field work in with them.

But if Brady thinks time spent with his own trainer, Alex Guerrero, is more valuable than time spent at the Patriots’ facility, then Brady will stay home. There’s no worry about Brady showing up to camp out of shape, as he has always taken his physical conditioning seriously. But there is reason to wonder whether Brady and Bill Belichick are on the same page.

95 responses to “Tom Brady not attending Patriots’ OTAs

  1. This is a good sign. I think Brady learned quite a bit about saving it up during the suspension year. The year after that, he was not so fresh come the postseason.

  2. If I was a top 3 QB making less than Blake Bortles and Matthew Stafford, I wouldn’t show up either.

    It’s amazing the level of disrespect Belichick shows to some of his star players.

  3. N.E.’s run has been one of the greatest in sports history. But speaking honestly I cannot wait for Brady and/or Belechick to retire. Watching them fall back down to earth will something to see. Their fanbase is so use to winning they have no idea how to handle losing or having an average or below average season. Personally I cannot wait to watch this take place, get your popcorn ready!

  4. OMG, the media might just explode over this one. Chances are this was part of his negotiation with Giselle. He has earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants in the offseason.

  5. OH NOOOOOOO
    THE SKY IS FALLING THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!
    Chicken little has just reported!!!
    LOL!!!

  6. exnavysub says:
    May 21, 2018 at 8:52 am
    In the past, has he ever skipped OTAs?

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    I don’t believe so, but it may have happened one other time. All I know is, he best not be all mopey and whiny this year and collapse in the postseason like he did from 2010-2012 where he was under-performing back in those days.

    There were times early on in the Giselle relationship (2010-2012), where he’d refuse to work with the new receivers and workout in LA with only Welker and then Edelman was allowed into the Circle of Trust, and spend more time with the family, and not win the offseason workout program award like he always had.

    With a few new WRs of importance to work with this year (Patterson, Matthews and Berrios), this is flat out disappointing.

    Add in the fact, when BB drafted JimmyG, it was the only “back up” or developmental QB BB spent everyday with, as a way to prep him to be Brady’s successor. Brady knew what that meant. And now with JimmyG gone, he’s right back to doing his own thing away from his teammates.

    If you’re a diehard Pats fan, there is no way around how disappointing this is, with Brady thinking he’s above the team.

    It’s like he is intentionally trolling the team and the fans. Sucks.

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    It’s about time Patriots fans start discussing what to do with the #1 pick.

    Meanwhile a lot of these OTAs are for the youngsters. I’m confident Brady will ready by opening day which is all that really matters.
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  8. Patriots fan here… my fellow fans that dismiss this as no big deal are delusional. This is very disappointing and points to a big riff between Brady and Belichick, no way around it. Whether or not they can work this way and win is yet to be seen. I don’t want Brady to end his career in New England being a sour puss…. We can all agree to dis-like how the SuperBowl LII went down but the team needs to move past it and TB not showing up at OTA’s is not moving forward…it is wallowing in the past.

  9. 12brichandfamous says:
    May 21, 2018 at 8:58 am
    Or could this give the backups more reps to learn the system? NE plays a complex scheme and they need time to pick it up. Tom does not.

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    Hoyer knows the system and the new guy is nothing more than extended tryout “let’s see if this guiy can take over for Hoyer next year” sort of prospect.

    So, no sale for me on that premise. Call it like it is. Brady is a crybaby at times and it sucks to have to defend it. It sucks even more that he feeds the media here and feeds the trolls.

    He best come in and play well, with no crybaby antics during the season, showing up his new receivers as he throws low or high, or even late on the routes.

  10. Isnt this like his 18th season? Im pretty sure he has the basic scheme down.

    Hes 40. Im 40. His season just ended a few months ago. Let the man get some rest…he is still exercising and staying in shape. But his body isn’t 26 anymore. It needs more healing and recovery at this stage in his career. Don’t burn yourself out in May and June when you want to be playing into February again.

    Im pretty sure the guy knows his body by now, and knows how his body best handles the rigors of a full NFL season.

  11. This doesn’t pass the smell test.

    They should have kept Jimmy G.

    This is his last year, Bill won’t put up with this, same with Gronk.

    Start Hoyer, give him all the reps…

  12. Interesting seeing the reactions to golden boy Tom Brady skipping OTAs versus other players like Suh. The majority of commenters seem to be approaching this as no big deal while other players its they should be there, this shows they’re not team players, blah blah blah. The hypocrisy is too strong here.

  13. Whats funny is how we just finished reading articles over the past week about players getting hurt during OTAs and how it was smart to no expose themselves and how teams should consider not having them. But then Brady does what those articles are advising as being the smart thing and suddenly its a problem between him and the coach.

  14. Tommy “Ice” Brady wants Matty “Ice” Ryan & soon to be Aaron “Ice” Rogers dollars.

  15. Well I am surprised. Not worried but surprised. Then again Tom is his own man now. No other QB has ever done what he has done. And maybe he is doing his own thing now.

    Either way In Bill I trust and In Tom I trust to be there ready opening day.

  16. I’m not a Pats fan at all but this is a huge non-story. Brady will be Brady once the season starts and none of this will even matter.

  17. All these excuses that he has been around forever?? He is the leader of your team for gods sake. He should be there to show leadership. As I am sure he wants to. This ovisouly goes deeper. I think alot of teammates have resentment the way the Butler incident affected their possible championship season. Dont be in denial Pats fan – there is an issue at hand.

  18. Don’t see the connection. Has Brady or Bill said anything about him missing OTA’s due to any sort of conflict or disagreement? Do we need to watch the Bad News Bears for a refresher on what the word “assume” really means?

  19. I certainly don’t think the sky is falling, and do I ever love and appreciate Tom for all he’s done for this franchise, for nearly half the time I’ve been alive at this point….but you’re QB1, bud. Everyone is looking at you, everyone is following your lead. You know that as well as anyone. Show up to any and all team activities and be FILO — first in, last out. No one would begrudge you if you want to hang it up, other than the Jimmy G trade, but like Mr. Miyagi said: “Walk right hand of road—safe. Walk left side of road—safe. Walk middle—sooner or later: SQUISH, just like grape. Same for karate. Do karate, yes; or do karate, no. Do karate, “meh”…SQUISH.” The same applies to football.

  20. Here’s a headline from ESPN’s site this time last year: “Tom Brady is still the hardest working player at Patriots OTAs”

    This is definitely surprising, it’s really unusual for Brady. It’s a small thing, and there might be excellent reason for it; he may be dealing with something in the family or whatever. But it’s weird for Brady, that’s for sure.

  21. SBLIIChampionEagles says:
    May 21, 2018 at 9:17 am
    Isnt this like his 18th season? Im pretty sure he has the basic scheme down.

    Hes 40. Im 40. His season just ended a few months ago. Let the man get some rest…he is still exercising and staying in shape. But his body isn’t 26 anymore. It needs more healing and recovery at this stage in his career. Don’t burn yourself out in May and June when you want to be playing into February again.

    Im pretty sure the guy knows his body by now, and knows how his body best handles the rigors of a full NFL season.

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    That’s all well and good, but after his crybaby reaction to simply asking Guerrero to stay in his building, which is a rational team request, and Brady now needing to brea in new WRs with Amendola being overpaid in Miami, it comes off like he’s being a petulant child and above the team.

    He darn well knows the media trolling off of this Guerrero thing and is putting his fans and teammates through hell with the passive aggressive antics on Facebook and Twitter.

    I like the pre-Giselle Brady better. That’s all. It was low maintenance, one of the guys, and he was always around the facility.

    This just gives trolls/media ammo.

  22. redlikethepig says:
    May 21, 2018 at 9:13 am
    Red meat for Pats fans to act out.

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    Actually to the Pats fans, for right for wrong they would simply dismiss it.

    The redmeat is for the haters. They are the ones that would have use for it as fodder to use for acting out with their dire/exuberant predictions and declarations. Go to it dude.

  23. Brady just revealed in an interview that this is about two things: (1) family and (2) staying rejuvenated. Brady mentioned this is about being an older player. So I guess I was right when I speculated that he learned something from his suspension year. He had a lot in the tank in the 4th quarter of that Atlanta SB. Comebacks from 25 point deficits don’t grow on trees. There’s a reason for that. Also, he must have learned from Foles. How fresh was Foles for the SB against the Patriots?

  24. Brady wants to win and is also a team player. He has a plan for getting started this year which I am sure he feels is best for himself and is good for the team. He has been fantastic in the past in attending OTAs. While I would have liked him to continue this way, it is hard for me to say that he is making a mistake or showing unhappiness. We just don’t know the details. The puzzling part to me why he doesn’t telegraph that he won’t be attending OTAs in advance. It would seem getting out in front of the story sets everyone’s expectations, fans/players/coaches/etc, and decreases the media scrum/speculation.

  25. SBLIIChampionEagles says:
    May 21, 2018 at 9:17 am
    Isnt this like his 18th season? Im pretty sure he has the basic scheme down.

    Hes 40. Im 40. His season just ended a few months ago. Let the man get some rest…he is still exercising and staying in shape. But his body isn’t 26 anymore. It needs more healing and recovery at this stage in his career. Don’t burn yourself out in May and June when you want to be playing into February again.

    Im pretty sure the guy knows his body by now, and knows how his body best handles the rigors of a full NFL season.

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    It’s just not the point, though. He oversells this crap, and as you can see, a benefit to your team in the SUper Bowl, he still has subpar or slow starts in a SUper Bowl.

    As a fan, I don’t care about avacado ice cream and GUerrero. I just want the guy to be good across all 4 qtrs of a playoff game or Super Bowl. He’s not above reproach like some Pats fans claim, usually the MIllennials who grew up with Brady.

    So, I don’t really care about another month he wants to spend with Guerrero while not working with new teammates. Working with new teammates is more important, not running sprints on the beach with Giselle lounging in a beach chair with the kiddies.

    All it does is put pressure on himself and draw more attention to himself for the media to troll and to try to destroy the Pats’ status quo.

    It’s just unnecessary.

  26. I can’t blame him TB12 for wanting to do it his way, or to finally get paid what he is worth. He has been the least selfish player on the Patriots team over the years. Should be time to reward his loyalty.

  27. 5against1 says:
    May 21, 2018 at 9:33 am
    Such a high maintenance diva.

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    I don’t agree with calling Brady a “Diva” but even if I spot you that, isn’t a Diva worth 5 rings?

  28. Dan Muston says:
    May 21, 2018 at 10:24 am
    I can’t blame him TB12 for wanting to do it his way, or to finally get paid what he is worth. He has been the least selfish player on the Patriots team over the years. Should be time to reward his loyalty.

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    Then that would completely make his previous under market salaries look completely disingenuous.

    Like I said, I am not sure why he’s looking to pull this crap at this point of his career.

    It makes no sense. His reputation has always been the consummate team guy and the anti-Peyton Manning and now he wants to be seen as self centered ego boy Manning? Why?

  29. I’ve been saying this for a while and it’s worth repeating, the Patriots traded the wrong QB last year.

  30. If Garoppolo was in the building do you think Tom would be home pouting about Guarrero? I’m team Belichick. Tom should have retired if he didn’t plan to be all in. We let the future go.

  31. It makes no sense. His reputation has always been the consummate team guy and the anti-Peyton Manning and now he wants to be seen as self centered ego boy Manning? Why?
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    That slap across your face was reality.

    Sorry you got duped.

  32. terripet says:
    May 21, 2018 at 10:31 am
    Brady is all done

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    And you claim Andrew Luck will be in contention for MVP. It seems you have these two guys confused.

  33. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    May 21, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I’ve been saying this for a while and it’s worth repeating, the Patriots traded the wrong QB last year.

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    And your points still don’t make any sense. Why would the Patriots keep a more expensive, less talented, less durable, less experienced QB over the cheaper and better NFL MVP? And why wouldn’t they just sign a no-name QB because you think they have some magical QB “system” and save a lot of cap space? Which is it?

  34. As a Pats fan, its a little weird that Brady is spending so much time away, but its not without any warning. He already said he’s going to take more family time this year, which, fine take it. As a fan, I don’t really care, as long as he’s ready. He missed a quarter of the season with no contact with the team a couple years ago and was ready to dominate as always. Its just content for writers and fans to chew on in the offseason. Its only a real story in hindsight if the Pats offense struggles next year.

  35. redeemerac says:
    May 21, 2018 at 9:02 am
    N.E.’s run has been one of the greatest in sports history. But speaking honestly I cannot wait for Brady and/or Belechick to retire. Watching them fall back down to earth will something to see. Their fanbase is so use to winning they have no idea how to handle losing or having an average or below average season. Personally I cannot wait to watch this take place, get your popcorn ready!

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    “Their fanbase is so use to winning they have no idea how to handle losing or having an average or below average season.”

    I’m a long time Patriots fan, but the truth is, you are correct regarding a significant portion of our fan base. My kids are all +/- 30 years old, and the only thing they know, when it comes to the Patriots, is success. No, they don’t always win it all, but there’s something to be said for knowing your team will be in the hunt at the end of the season.

    Fans my age…we sure know what the losing was like.

  36. realfootballfan says:
    May 21, 2018 at 10:27 am
    I’m just wondering for Patriot fans. If he pulled a Barry Sanders on the eve of training camp, how would you feel about him?

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    He would destroy his legacy in Boston, at least for the Gen X and Baby Boomer fans. Millennials still thinks he walks on water, so maybe not so much for them.

  37. mcjon22 says:

    If I was a top 3 QB making less than Blake Bortles and Matthew Stafford, I wouldn’t show up either.
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    Then you shouldn’t have signed your contract.

  38. redeemerac says:
    May 21, 2018 at 9:02 am
    N.E.’s run has been one of the greatest in sports history. But speaking honestly I cannot wait for Brady and/or Belechick to retire. Watching them fall back down to earth will something to see. Their fanbase is so use to winning they have no idea how to handle losing or having an average or below average season. Personally I cannot wait to watch this take place, get your popcorn ready!
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    We dont know losing? Clearly you dont know Patriot history. And even in those days the crowds a Schaeffer Stadium were still out of control. We knew how to cheer like crazy for a first down…in the third quarter.

  39. So now he’s gonna play the I’m special card. That’ll be great for team morale. Look, he’s had a good career, if he can’t abide Belichick’s coaching style anymore, if he can’t be a team player anymore, just retire already. It was a great run, it’s over. Move on.

  40. There was some drama and anger as part of the Super Bowl loss fallout, which is understandable. However, Brady is putting himself and his personal feelings first here ahead of the team. Make no mistake him no showing up at this point in OTA’s is hurting the football team in 2018. Brady himself has spoken in the past about how important OTA’s are for getting to know your teammates better and developing chemistry. Well the Patriots have bunch of new faces at WR/RB that would benefit greatly from some time on the field with Brady. Instead of building rapport for the 2018 season, Brady would rather make yet another statement/message to the team. This is getting old really quick and it’s unacceptable for the franchise QB and face of the organization to blow off OTA’s. This guy is supposed to be leading by example. When the star QB doesn’t show up it undermines the entire coaching staff and off season program. It’s a shame that after 18 years of being a world class teammate and company man, Brady is deciding now is the time to be petty and tarnish his reputation and legacy.

  41. So, when the Pats go 14-2, get the #1 seed in the AFC and are hosting the AFC title game at home and about to head to the SB, is it then that you Chicken Little folks will start yapping about the fall coming next year?

    Oh, and Aaron Donald is skipping the Rams OTAs as well – are they doomed too?

  42. Brady’s given his word for coming back. That’s all I can say because I’m an honest reporter and I know that’s what will happen. What I’m fascinated by is if the Brady-Belichick relationship will continually erode. You’d think the Patriots will be effective on the field as they have heretofore been but every season is its own animal.

  43. mcjon22 says:
    May 21, 2018 at 9:01 am
    If I was a top 3 QB making less than Blake Bortles and Matthew Stafford, I wouldn’t show up either.

    It’s amazing the level of disrespect Belichick shows to some of his star players.
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    I would guess that level if disrepect is a much larger issue than just Belichick since Brees, Roethlisberger, Rogers, Wilson. Rivers, Newton and Manning all avg less than Stafford as well. Bortles averages less than Brady.

    BTW, Brady has made almost $200 million over his career.

  44. edeemerac says:
    May 21, 2018 at 9:02 am
    N.E.’s run has been one of the greatest in sports history. But speaking honestly I cannot wait for Brady and/or Belechick to retire. Watching them fall back down to earth will something to see. Their fanbase is so use to winning they have no idea how to handle losing or having an average or below average season. Personally I cannot wait to watch this take place, get your popcorn ready!
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    LOL you must not be old enough to remember the Patriots prior to 1993. Trust me Patriots fans remember all to well.

  45. Julio Jones isn’t attending OTAs either. Somehow people are still living in Atlanta and have all their hair on their heads and they haven’t given up hope on a SB run.

    Get a grip gang.

  46. tylawspick6 says:

    May 21, 2018 at 11:45 am

    realfootballfan says:
    May 21, 2018 at 10:27 am
    I’m just wondering for Patriot fans. If he pulled a Barry Sanders on the eve of training camp, how would you feel about him?

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    He would destroy his legacy in Boston, at least for the Gen X and Baby Boomer fans. Millennials still thinks he walks on water, so maybe not so much for them.

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    It would certainly hurt, but “destroy” is a little much.

    It didn’t destroy Jordan’s legacy after his first abrupt retirement… Or, if you want a Pats example, Parcells’ legacy, which hurt them in the ’96 Super Bowl along with basically costing them Curtis Martin. And Curt Schilling is still held up pretty high still , even though he became a nutty conspiracy theorist dude.

  47. Also Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. He abruptly retired and became a bit out there politically, but Bruins fans still love him for the Stanley Cup he won.

  48. The comment above about Brady learning from the suspension year has validity. That said, I have never seen him ask out of a game, even a blowout.

    The OTAs are about teaching, not evaluating and he has his own trainer and QB coach. I am not concerned.

  49. Reportedly Brady is experiencing an unusual level of fatigue and lack of energy at this point, and has decided to skip the OTAs, as apparently Giselle applies The Big Bang Theory as a strategy to keep him away from football. More will be revealed. Heard it from a friend.

  50. Chill_Donahue says:
    May 21, 2018 at 12:39 pm
    Also Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. He abruptly retired and became a bit out there politically, but Bruins fans still love him for the Stanley Cup he won.

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    He still stained his legacy with some fans. Again, I don’t know why some athletes choose to do this, other than the fact their ego gets so large, they can’t control it and just love that spotlight, becoming addicted to it. Then, when it’s not bright enough, they lash out in passive-aggressive fashion.

  51. to whoever is saying “voluntary,” perhaps you should convince your fellow Patriots fans not to be so angry. This is turning into a Patriots vs. Patriots fan civil war

  52. realfootballfan says:

    May 21, 2018 at 10:27 am

    I’m just wondering for Patriot fans. If he pulled a Barry Sanders on the eve of training camp, how would you feel about him?

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    Barry Sanders retired in his prime. Just came off 10 1,000 yard seasons, and was primed to break the rushing record. And retired because his team wasn’t competitive.

    Tom Brady is a 40 year old guy that’s already playing past what 99% of every other football player has ever played until.

    I think hes probably 4-6 seasons past ever being able to pull a Barry Sanders…

  53. He said already that especially as he gets older he has to balance family with football, and that he’s away from voluntary OTAs because of it. Considering how focused he is on football, I think he deserves some time to be with his family, mentally refresh himself, so that he’ll be even better as the season goes on. We’ve seen him miss weeks of the season and come out even better than before. Sure getting reps in with the new receivers would be good but if this is what he needs to keep playing at a high level without draining himself mentally or physically then so be it.

  54. switchwitch59 says:
    May 21, 2018 at 9:26 am
    How is your day going, Chicken Little?

    My day goes fine, thanks. MY QB is now in Santa Clara running the OTAs for the SF 49er’s. I’d expected him to be in Foxboro but Tom Brady decided he knew the secrets to the test and will play till he’s 45. That’s very cool. Meanwhile, it’s fun to watch a young QB starting out with his first team with his talented new coach and a lot of excitement.

  55. Tom will announce his retirement shortly. It’s going to take a few weeks to compose his goodbye speech and line up his new gig in Vegas on the NFL Network. Stay tuned.

  56. I don’t understand the comments about Brady being whiny, pouting or a diva. I haven’t heard him say anything that sounds like that at all. All I’ve heard him say is that he wants to spend more time with his family, but he definitely plans to play and play hard this season.

    People are falling for a media-planted narrative about what’s going on behind the scenes. Until I hear actual evidence from the sources about there being a rift or Tom being unhappy about whatever, then I have no reason to be concerned.

  57. 500 yards passing, no punts, and the Patriots lost the SB. Seems to me that TB12 might just be saying to BB (without saying it out loud), “you and Flores focus on getting the defense ready to win a SB and I’ll be there with the offense ready to roll”.

  58. beachsidejames says:
    May 21, 2018 at 1:43 pm
    Gronk and Brady are the Patriots… without them you got nothing.
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    But we’ve got them sooooooo……..
    “Without those 5 SB rings you’re just an average QB.” That’s what you sound like.

    At least you have Tannehill

  59. neatpete1 says:
    May 21, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Oooooh nooooooo! Our dynasty is over

    Don’t you actually have to win the Super Bowl at least twice in a row to have a dynasty??

  60. 11 and 5, playing good football going into playoffs where anything can happen when you have the GOAT coach and qb, coming off 3 bowls in 4 years. yea it’s a real train wreck up there.

  61. If there was a problem, Garoppolo wouldn’t be on the other side of the country.

  62. I thought Prescott was the “next great QB”?We do not have enough info on jimmy to say that he will be a superstar.I thought the 49ers “traded the wrong QB”when they kept kap over smith,go figure.The structure of the Patriots will not allow them to fall into an abyss and disappear when Brady retires.They have lost so many great players over the years and still thrived despite you haters saying “its over”..you bore me with your incessant chatter.There is a reason why some teams are constantly in the hunt and some teams are the flavor of the month.Will they miss Brady,sure..will they drop like a rock like the colts,broncos,packers(when AR got hurt),cowboys and redskins the last 30 years,and others..No.

  63. Just curious. At the OTAs, do they practice strip sacks?

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