Brady adjusting to Lloyd's unique skills

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Brady adjusting to Lloyd's unique skills

FOXBORO - Noted musical connoisseur Chad Ochocinco no doubt knows a few lines from Bob Marley's "Waiting in Vain."

It basically became the soundtrack to his New England tenure.

Ocho never got it, despite promise after promise that he was this close to turning the corner.

So when Tom Brady mentioned Wednesday that he's going to need every rep with his newest wide receiver, Brandon Lloyd in order for the two to get on the same page, an immediate, "Oh, boy . . . " floated through the subconscious.

Is this "Ocho, Part Dos?"

Probably not. The problem with Lloyd is a good one to have. He already gets the offense. Brady just has to adjust to his otherworldly leaping ability and tenaciousness when the ball is in the air.

"He's got a unique skill set," Brady said Wednesday. "It's gonna take some time to get used to the things he does well. We haven't had anyone quite like him."

Asked if his ability to go and get the ball is what stands out, Brady seemed to agree, saying, "He's got great ball skills and great body control. If you get it near him, he's gonna catch it."

So what's the hangup?

"It's just sometimes a matter of, it doesn't really look like he's open then -- boom -- he springs open on you," Brady explained. "Sometimes you think he's covered and you get off him and then you watch the film and you're like, 'How did he get open?' He knows what he's doing to set the guy up and he makes the move and you gotta trust that he's gonna beat the guy and he does. It's just a matter of, 'Don't let your eyes take away from what he's doing in his route' because you know he's gonna get open at some point."

If there are lingering doubts about Lloyd's comprehension, receivers coach Chad O'Shea helped snuff them when he was asked how being part of Josh McDaniels' offense is helping Lloyd's transition.

"I think it makes a big difference. I think that the transition for him has beena lot smoother for him than it would be for a player that is not accustomed andfamiliar with this system," said O'Shea. "Thats really helped in the process of him cominghere and being a productive player for us in the offseason. It really has."

Brady is one of the most precise passers in NFL history and part of the reason he's gotten there is he stays away from too many contested throws. If someone's covered, he skips on to the next guy.

But Lloyd, who high jumped 7-2 in high school, doesn't just uncover downfield and laterally. He uncovers by outjumping.

"Brandons definitely very talented when the balls in theair on contested catches," said O'Shea. "This is something that hes done in the past. Itshowed up in our offseason work now, just being very talented when the ball isthrown to make a play down the field."

Brady, who dismissed the idea that Lloyd and Randy Moss were similar players, it will take time to "understand where he likes the ball placed and where he gets open."

"We've got a lot of work ahead in training camp and we'll need to use every single practice, every rep because he can really be a big part of this offense if we get up to speed," Brady predicted.

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

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Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.