New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will not be at the team's voluntary organized team activities, reports NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. This is the third phase of the voluntary offseason program, when the players can move beyond conditioning to non-contact drills matching offense against defense. However, he did attend the start of OTAs that season. He'll be fine. He's going to play about two more years and he might not play nice with the Patriots during all the offseason stuff over that stretch.
So is Brady skipping this a big deal?At that time, however, Brady still showed up for OTAs. While Brady might still host teammates for some offseason throwing, it is unknown whether that would include a select few receivers or if it would be all of them.
Brady guided the Patriots to the Super Bowl for the eighth time last season, an National Football League record for any player, and he is a five-time champion.More news: Abramovich faces wait for United Kingdom visa
Bear in mind before you dive too deep into this: it's OTAs and they are voluntary and someone missing them is not a huge deal. If you believe that, leaders are better leaders when they're down in the springtime dirt with the rookies.
It's unclear if Brady will attend any of the 10 optional practices.
But on a larger scale, Brady has always hit these OTAs in the past. Brady's personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, fell out with Patriots management and head coach Bill Belichick past year. Maybe we can pass notes around and figure this out like the middle school cafeteria tales that offseason football stories already are. It will be interesting to see how newcomers Patterson and Matthews are, and then how Edelman and Mitchell look coming back from injuries. Whether Etling (seventh round, LSU) can legitimately challenge Hoyer for the No. 2 job remains to be seen, but this is an early opportunity for him to make an impression with practice repetitions he might otherwise not have seen.More news: 'A Lot' Of Gunfire Exchanged Between Texas Shooting Suspect & Police
Again, there is still plenty of time for Brady to re-join the Patriots and for this to become a minor story.
Jordan Matthews - The 2014 second-round pick who has 250 career regular-season receptions made a decision to sign a modest one-year deal with the Patriots this offseason, and one of the primary reasons was the chance to catch passes from Brady after a challenging season in Buffalo in which he battled some injuries (25 receptions).More news: FDA approves anti-migraine drug from Novartis, Amgen