Fri, 29 May 2020

Six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady worked out with his new Tampa Bay Buccaneers team-mates for about two hours in early morning drills at a Tampa prep school on Tuesday.

Brady, who spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots before signing with the Bucs in March, was shown in photographs by the Tampa Bay Times wearing a helmet and shoulder pads with an orange jersey, although not one bearing his traditional No 12.

According to the newspaper, Brady displayed solid arm strength and directed many of his new receivers, walking through routes at times to show where on the field he liked having his targets make cuts in the 07:00-09:00 session.

Buccaneers receivers running deep routes and taking passes from Brady included Mike Evans and Scotty Miller, with running back Dare Ogunbowale, tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard and quarterbacks Ryan Griffin and Blaine Gabbert also on hand.

Brady, who signed a two-year NFL deal worth $50 million with Tampa Bay, took shotgun snaps from Bucs centre Ryan Jensen before launching his spirals in humid conditions as he tries to learn coach Bruce Arians' offensive schemes.

NFL training facilities have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic but that didn't stop Brady from starting to develop a rhythm with his new teammates on an artificial turf field at Berkeley Prep, closed to students due to the virus outbreak.

After the workout, Brady spent about half an hour with his new teammates sitting in the stands and building chemistry he hopes will pay off with a trip to the Super Bowl, set for next February in Tampa.

Brady is set to play in a charity made-for-television golf event Sunday with former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and US golf stars Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

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