Offbeat Tom Brady takes the field at minicamp, and Bill Belichick says all is well

21:28  05 june  2018
21:28  05 june  2018 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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Has Tom Brady simply had enough of Bill Belichick ? To no surprise, coach Bill Belichick says it’s not about fun. According to Bill Belichick , all 90 Patriots players were present and accounted for at Monday’s minicamp at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

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Tom Brady arrived on the field for the Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility on Tuesday. © John Tlumacki/Globe Staff Tom Brady arrived on the field for the Patriots minicamp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility on Tuesday. Quarterback Tom Brady arrived for the first day of Patriots’ mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, jogging onto the field with a big smile.

It is the first time Brady has taken part in the club’s offseason program this year — it is mandatory, after all — as he decided not to attend previous voluntary workouts. Coach Bill Belichick said before Tuesday’s session that all players had reported. When asked if it was good to have his starting quarterback back in the mix, Belichick said it was good to have all players in attendance.

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Mandatory minicamp which runs Tuesday through Thursday. Brady was at the stadium Monday with his teammates, and will be a participant at mandatory camp . Will Belichick make Brady take backup reps at the outset to send some type of message?

To no one’s surprise, Tom Brady was one of the final players on the field after Wednesday’s practice. Belichick again met the media on day two of minicamp . Expect more tidbits coming out of Thursday’s practice, including a third interview with Bill Belichick .

Belichick also was asked if he thought he was “in a good place right now” with Brady.

“I’ve always had a good relationship with Tom,” Belichick said.

Belichick declined to speculate on the state of mind for Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who also opted out of this offseason’s voluntary workouts but was present Tuesday. Belichick was asked if he thought the two players were dedicated to the team and were “all in.”

“Yeah, you’d have to ask them that question. They’ve always been that way ever since they’ve been on our team,” Belichick said.

Gronkowski was among the last players to take the field Tuesday.

Watch Gronkowski go through drills:

Last month at the NFL owners meetings, Robert Kraft said he had been in communication with Brady and that the three-time MVP was “very excited about minicamp.”

In April, Kraft said Gronkowski’s absence from voluntary workouts was “not even an issue for me.”

‘No-fun Patriots’ seem to be lightening up, perhaps to appease their disgruntled stars .
Lane Johnson would be shocked to learn what the Patriots did this week as they wrapped up nine weeks of offseason workouts. On Monday, Bill Belichick canceled practice and instead held a team bonding experience at Fenway Park. On Tuesday, the Patriots returned to practice, but Belichick turned it into an opportunity to teach his players about football history, using props including leather helmets, I’m told.

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