Tom Brady is understandably excited about the New England Patriots’ signing of Antonio Brown, but he acknowledged there is work to be done for the seven-time Pro Bowler to get acclimated.
“There was a lot of positive emotion when it happened,” Brady told NBC Sports’ Peter King, “but you know, everybody says, ‘Whoa, this is what it can be, and what potential they have.’ But you know, the teams I’ve been on, they go to work.”
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“The NFL’s a competitive place. Lots of moving parts. Lots of adjustment, constantly. Week to week, a guy gets hurts, a guy gets picked up you don’t know, you’re constantly manipulating your team. We lost our right tackle [Marcus Cannon, with a shoulder injury] tonight for who knows how long. Like, oh s–t, that’s a big deal. Now we’ll add Antonio, and he’s got to … there’s a lot to learn. … The point is, it’s one thing to talk about; it’s another thing to go do it. Let’s go do it. That’s what my attitude is.”
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said on the Sunday Night Football broadcast that Brady is already going all out to get his teammate acclimated to New England, offering to allow Brown to stay with him while he gets settled.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft told NBC’s Al Michaels that Brady is “a million percent in” on the Brown signing.
“Kraft also told me that when he broke the news to Tom Brady yesterday, Brady initially said, ‘I’m a hundred percent in.’ Two minutes later, Brady came back and said to Kraft, ‘I’m a thousand percent in.’ Then he came back two minutes later and said, ”I’m a million percent in,'” Michaels said on the broadcast.
Brady told reporters that he and Kraft had a “private conversation” and expressed excitement about adding “great football players.” King described Brady as not being “giddy, or overly bubbly” at the prospect of playing with Brown but would “describe him as pleased that the Patriots went out on a limb and invested millions” in the talented wideout.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap
While many have questioned Brown’s antics in recent months, his on-field production isn’t a concern. He’s the first player in NFL history to post six straight 100-reception seasons; he also had 121 more receptions than any other receiver between 2013 and 2018.
Brown is the best receiver Brady has played with since Randy Moss from 2007 to 2010. Provided Brown is able to fit into the “Patriot way,” this should be a seamless fit that gives the Patriots their best receiving corps since their undefeated 2007 season.