FOXBORO -- Tom Brady isn't yet sure whether or not he'll stick around in the Boston area during his bye week. He says that's no longer his decision.
But wherever he'll be, know that the Patriots quarterback won't just be sitting on the couch eating potato chips.
"I like to exercise, so I try to do as much of it as I can," said Brady before Thursday's practice, when asked what his plans were for the upcoming bye weekend. "For a quarterback, it's interesting. You kind of get out of shape as the season goes, because you don't probably run as much. At the receiver position, those guys run. It's incredible how much they run on a daily basis. And they get in better shape as the season goes."
Through the first half of the season, Brady says he feels feels "great."
"I'm excited to be feeling this way, with eight games left to play," he said on Thursday.
So while the Patriots won't have a game this weekend, Brady plans to continue his off-the-field exercise routine, in order to be prepared for a second-half run, and to improve upon what he called an "inconsistent" season.
"It's important for the quarterback position to keep up your conditioning so that you can endure these last eight weeks," said Brady. "This is when the good teams really start to show themselves, and the bad ones start to really fade. If you want to be a good team, you've got to be on top of all those things, whether it be your conditioning, your nutrition, your rest, your decision-making over the course of a long season, and how that impacts the rest of your teammates. That's why some teams really begin to separate themselves over the 16-week season."