“Playing a Chess Game” – Tom Brady Working Overtime to Form Bond with Rookie Wide Receivers

Published 08/23/2021, 11:17 AM EDT
TAMPA, FL – JUL 31: Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp on July 31, 2021 at the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Tom Brady ended his two-decade-long association with the New England Patriots at the start of 2020. He signed an initial two-year deal with NFC South franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not many predicted that Brady would win a major title while playing under Bill Belichick. But slowly and steadily, the veteran quarterback silenced all his doubters.

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gestures in the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The 44-year old led the Buccaneers to their second-ever Super Bowl title as they defeated Kansas City Chiefs at the Raymond James Stadium in February. This was Brady’s 7th Super Bowl win and his first without playing under the tutelage of head coach Bill Belichick.

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A big reason behind the win was Brady’s influence on the Bucs’ offence, especially the wide receivers. The likes of Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Scott Miller and even Antonio Brown, played a crucial role throughout various stages in the season. They will be key for Tampa Bay in 2021 as they gear up to defend their Lombardi trophy in 2021.

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Tom Brady eager to develop equation with incoming rookie wideouts

As we edge closer to season-opening day, Tom Brady spoke about building a rapport with the incoming rookie wideouts who will be crucial for the Buccaneers as the season goes on.

“It’s really hard for a rookie receiver in the NFL. Everything is new. You have a play, then I change the play, then I look at you and I change the route, then I see a defense that we didn’t necessarily talk about. Every play I’m like, hey this is what I’m thinking. And you gotta have someone who can take the critique,” he told King.

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“No one can fix it except the quarterback and receiver. Doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I’m throwing the ball. You’re catching it. We gotta literally have a bond, a connection between us. You gotta think what I’m thinking all the time. The more you talk and the more you do it, the better it is.”

TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers throws a pass during the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“The longer I play with guys, the better it is. The shorter you play together, you can’t cover everything in five weeks of training camp. Or in two years together. Five years together? Maybe. Seven years together, okay, that’s pretty good. You play seven years together with a receiver, you can make a lot of magic happen. But after a year or two, there’s still things. There’s so many variables that you gotta get right. We’re playing a chess game,” Brady said as reported by Fox News.

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Brady and the rest of his teammates have their eyes set on another Super Bowl trophy. They defied all the odds last year, there’s no reason why they can’t do it again for a successive season. All eyes on the pirates from Florida in 2021.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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