By Danny Picard
FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't speak to the media for the second straight day that he was supposed to, but his flu-like symptoms didn't hold him back from Thursday's practice at Gillette Stadium.
Brady originally was supposed to be available to the media on Wednesday, as he usually is. But that was pushed back to Thursday because Brady was suffering from the flu, forcing him to miss Wednesday's practice.
And on Thursday Brady's media availability was pushed back once again, as the quarterback was still dealing with those flu-like symptoms.
The limited amount of Patriots players who talked to the media on Thursday all realize it's in the team's best interest for Brady to get all the rest he can, prior to Sunday's game in Buffalo.
"We have to do what we have to do," said wide receiver Deion Branch. "Whatever it takes to get Tom up to full steam. If he needs to rest two or three days, that's what he's got to do."
Branch spoke to the media on Thursday, but unlike Brady, he wasn't available at Thursday's practice. It marked the second straight day that Branch (knee) was missing.
Also missing was Dan Connolly (concussion), Aaron Hernandez (hip), Tully Banta-Cain (groin), Jermaine Cunningham (calf), and Mike Wright (concussion).
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At an Under Armour event that took place on Wednesday, rapper Vanilla Ice snapped a selfie with the Patriots quarterback, who was grinning from ear to ear.
In South Baltimore, "Armour Day" was held in order to celebrate Under Armour's 20th year in business. Brady was one of many athletes in attendance, including Jordan Spieth, Lindsey Vonn, Deion Sanders, Ray Lewis, Cal Ripken, Boomer Esiason and Roger Clemens.
Brady is one of the faces of Under Armour, along with Spieth and Warriors guard Steph Curry. When he signed in 2010, he received equity in the company as part of the deal.
Fourth-round pick Malcolm Mitchell is the next in a line of receivers the Patriots have drafted in hopes they’d click with quarterback Tom Brady.
As part of the Quick Slants the podcast draft recap episode, Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus told Phil Perry that Mitchell looks to be a fit in the role previously filled by Brandon LaFell and Brandon Lloyd. Palazzolo said Mitchell could serve as a complement to Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and Martellus Bennett.
“I think that’s where Mitchell fits in. And I think he does a pretty good job there creating separation on the routes the Patriots need him to run,” Palazzolo said. “He flashes some really good downfield ball skills.”
To hear Palazzolo’s analysis on the rest of the Patriots draft picks, use the Sound Cloud player below or search CSNNE on iTunes.
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