Tom Brady Hosts Catching Workout, Set to Skip Buccaneers OTAs

Published 05/25/2021, 12:27 PM EDT
Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after they score a touchdown during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks, even at his advanced age. Brady is 44 years of age and preparing to defend the Super Bowl title this season. Last year, Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl in just his first season with the franchise.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

It was a season of vindication for Brady, who was able to prove that he can win the Super Bowl without Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. But he and other NFL players are taking a stand this year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady hosted his own passing drill recently. He invited several Buccaneers players to the camp including Rob Gronkowski and Chris Godwin.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The camp took place in New York, close to the New York Yankees’ practice facility. For Brady, this was his first football activity since he had surgery to help fix some niggling issues and pain that he had in his knee.

Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
DIVE DEEPER

Former NFL Player Slams Matt Judon’s Comments About Tom Brady

2 months ago

This passing drill camp comes in the midst of some conflict between the NFL and the players’ association. The Buccaneers are among several teams in the NFL whose players are against the current Organized Team Activities (OTAs) during the off-season.

NFL players maintain that these off-season OTAs are too intense and rigorous. Teams expect players to compete at a high level during their time off.

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers holding off on OTAs

From a Buccaneers’ perspective, this makes a lot of sense for the players. The Buccaneers, along with the Kansas City Chiefs, had the longest off-season this year, because they reached the Super Bowl.

In fact, the Buccaneers had to play one game more than the Chiefs because they had to play through the wildcard round against Washington because of their seed. So the Buccaneers need their time off heading into the new year.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) moves under center near the goalline against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter of Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
DIVE DEEPER

Tom Brady Has Hilarious Reaction to Phil Mickelson Birdie at PGA Championship

2 months ago

Furthermore, Buccaneers players can cite their excellent performances in the Playoffs, including an excellent Super Bowl performance as a reason not to participate.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Off-season activities are often a way for teams to find form after a less than successful showing. The Buccaneers are defending champions, and that is why they feel they don’t need to participate in these activities going into the new season.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Aaditya Krishnamurthy

1313 articles

Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

essentiallysports's Stories