TAMPA (WFLA/AP) – Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic — or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team.
Brady gathered some of his Buccaneers teammates on a high school field early Tuesday for a throwing session. According to the Tampa Bay Times, wide receivers Mike Evans and Scotty Miller, tight ends O.J. Howard and Cam Brate, quarterbacks Ryan Griffin and Blaine Gabbert and running back Dare Ogunbowale were also in attendance at the practice at Tampa’s Berkeley Prep.
It’s not unusual for quarterbacks to organize passing workouts before training camp, but the pandemic has changed normal routines. Teams have had to rely on virtual meetings instead of traditional offseason programs as the NFL tries to make plans for a 2020 season, possibly without fans at stadiums.
Because of the pandemic, which has forced social distancing and sheltering at home as the new rules, any gathering of players is notable — especially one involving Brady, a six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. Brady, 42, signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in March.
After signing with the Bucs, Brady asked for phone numbers of his teammates. He apparently made use of that list to organize Tuesday’s workout.
Teams cannot organize such workouts, and the Buccaneers did not publicize Tuesday’s session. There was no immediate reply from the team to a request from The Associated Press for comment on the workout.
The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reached out to the league who says Brady’s workout is permitted
“Everyone associated with the NFL should follow the recommendations and guidelines of state and local authorities and medical experts, including the NFLPA.”
Tuesday’s session went better than Brady’s attempt to work out privately at a Tampa park last month. After he was told by a security guard that the park was closed and he had to leave, Brady received an apology from Mayor Jane Castor.
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