Tom Brady met with the media for the first time at training camp yesterday.
Although Brady only took questions for around 10 minutes, he was very open and forthcoming about his feelings and how he is progressing through taking camp.
This is Bradys’ first training camp with a different team in other than the Patriots in 20 years.
Brady is starting to feel the pressure with the season opener just over five weeks away.
On working with a new team and getting acclimated to a new building Brady said, “You’re trying to learn a bunch of different things, and trying to not only learn an offense but learn your way to work. Or learn guys’ names. I didn’t even know where the quarterback room was or the full team meeting room was. You get in here, and your brain is trying to figure out a lot of different things.
Brady held informal workouts in June and July with some of his teammates much to the chagrin of the NFLPA.
Brady will do whatever he needs to do to gain that competitive advantage.
“Every day that goes by, it’s getting a little bit better. I am glad we’re not playing a game this Sunday. I’m glad we have time to prepare. It’s been a good week and I think every day I’m trying to take advantage of an opportunity to improve myself so I can be the best quarterback for this team that this team deserves. These guys are working hard, and I want to come in here and do a great job with them.”
At 43 years of age, Brady is still a top ten quarterback in the league. He is also one of the hardest workers on the time and will demand that of his teammates.
Brady talked about the challenges of learning a new system for the first time in 19 years.
“It’s been different having the opportunity over this time to move and then, for example, study my playbook. I mean, I haven’t had to do that in 19 years. You forget that’s tough. All the different terminologies and going back a very long time in my career to have to put the mental energy in. I have to work at it pretty hard physically. I put a lot of time and energy into making sure I’m feeling good to perform at my best. But mentally, I think that’s been the thing that’s had its challenges.”
Despite those challenges, the desire to be the best still burns inside of Brady.
“ Ultimately, my goal is to go out there and do what I’ve always done which is to be the best I could be for the team,”
Brady is pleased with the work his teammates are putting in and likes the group that has been together by Jason Licht.
“Football matters to Mike and Chris. I’ve loved being around those two guys who are not only great players but great leaders. Cam and O.J., have been great along with the other tight ends in the group. It’s a good, hard-working group. Really smart players. And again, it’s going to be up to all of us to come together and see how we can all make it work.”
This one of the most talented teams offensively that the Bucs have ever assembled.
Brady has never had this type of talent at the wide receiver position to work with Evans, Godwin, Johnson, Miller, and Watson is one of the best groups top to bottom in the NFL.
When you consider the tight end room of Gronkowski, Howard, and Brate, this team could pose a litany of problems for opposing defenses.