Patriot QB Tom Brady’s attendance in the offseason program had slipped in recent years, as he has morphed into more of a family man and worldwide icon, but this offseason was different.
Brady stayed in town this spring and put in time with his new teammates. Last week, he reported to training camp four days early, along with the rookies.
Brady didn’t suddenly rediscover a love of conditioning drills. He knew that for the Patriots to be successful this season, he better start working with his new cast of receivers, who lack experience.
“I’m just willing to do whatever it takes,” he said.
Despite the signing of WR Danny Amendola, Brady has to deal with the loss of TE Aaron Hernandez, TE Rob Gronkowski (at least for a little) and WR Wes Welker heading into this season. From a fantasy standpoint, his stock has slipped at bit. Ranked 8th on our QB list, he's getting drafted in the 5th round, which is probably a bit higher than he should be. Other QBs around him like Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III are going in the seventh round. Brady is a bit of a risk this year despite his track record. The Pats will likely have to run more in 2013. Brady should still be productive and a low-end top-10 QB, but certainly don't reach for him considering how deep the position is this year.