Welker: Brady 'wants to do great and he is great'

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Welker: Brady 'wants to do great and he is great'

FOXBORO -- Thursday was not a good day to be Tom Brady's chin strap.
During the portion of practice in which the Patriots worked on their hurry-up offense, he dropped back and hit safety Steve Gregory square in the chest with a pass intended for someone else. Gregory plucked the ball out of the air and ran for a lengthy interception return before he was herded out of bounds. Brady ripped at the white piece of plastic hanging from the sides of his helmet and took a knee among the other offensive players who were sitting out of the drill. His no-huddle drive had been cut short, and he wasn't happy about it.
"He was pretty fired up," said Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. "He's his own biggest critic. As much as coach even stays on him and everyone else, he's his own worst enemy sometimes. It's great to see. He cares. He wants to do great, and he is great."
Welker's right. Brady is great. Almost all the time. When he's been at his best during training camp, the ball comes out of his hand quickly, and it almost always finds the mitts of his intended target. Whether he's squeezing a pass in a tight spot on the goal line or lofting a fade route to one of his outside receivers, the ball usually ends up where it's supposed to be.
That's what made Brady's day on Thursday stand out so glaringly. He was long with a few of his passes. Others were deflected by defenders. In one stretch during 11-on-11 play, he went 1-for-6, with his last five passes falling incomplete. One was batted down by the defensive line. The next was too long for receiver Britt Davis. After that he fired a pass through Welker's hands on a bubble route. Following an incompletion to avoid a "sack" by Rob Ninkovich and an overthrow to an open Rob Gronkowski, Brady's series was over.
On the sidelines, before the first-team offense's next set of plays, Brady worked on hitting Aaron Hernandez with passes from just five yards away. Those kinds of short passes weren't the ones he was missing during practice, but it was clear he wouldn't let a bad five minutes in practice ruin the rest of his afternoon. He wasn't standing and watching, letting his frustration stew as he waited for his turn to throw. He was making the most of his time while on the field. Welker said that -- good day or bad -- Brady is constantly trying to improve his connection with his receivers.
"I think it's something you constantly work on," said Welker. "You try and get on the same page, understand. I try to win all my routes and know that he's going to put the ball where he needs to put it. It's an ongoing deal to get that chemistry."
Brady threw the interception to Gregory just a few minutes later. And though he was angered by it, Welker said those plays help make Brady the quarterback he is.
"It's good to see he's human sometimes," said Welker. "Everybody has bad plays out there. It's how you bounce back from them, how you go out there and compete and keep fighting and how you get after it out there. He's always understanding that and knowing if he makes a bad play he's going to come back ten times better the next time."

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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