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.

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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