FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It looks like old times.
Those who have watched the Patriots' first three training camp practices have probably noticed the obvious -- quarterback Tom Brady has a solid rapport with receivers Jabar Gaffney and Donte' Stallworth.
Brady has previously called Gaffney one of his favorite receivers, the two having worked together in 2006 and 2007. Brady also has a background with Stallworth from the 2007 season.
Now both are back, and Brady said that it's been nice reconnecting with them.
"It’s been a lot of fun. There is so much familiarity with what they’re capable of and what they can do. It doesn’t seem like it’s taken long for them to kind of get re-acclimated to what we do. Both of them are making a lot of plays out there and it’s exciting for a quarterback," he said.
"I think there is a certain level of trust that you have. Offensive football is about 11 guys doing their job. You can’t do anyone else’s job on offense. If 11 guys aren’t doing the right thing, it doesn’t end up being a good play.
"You have guys who you’ve played with, who you’ve won games with, that you really have a lot of trust in. You can go out there early and execute at a relatively high level."
In addition to Gaffney and Stallworth, Brady has also noticed how receiver Brandon Lloyd's background in the offensive system -- playing under Josh McDaniels in Denver and St. Louis -- has helped him early in camp.
"He knows what he’s doing out there. It’s not like there is a lot of studying the playbook," Brady said. "He wants to be a big part of this offense. I obviously want to help him become a big part of this offense. So there is constant communication between the two of us."