- Field Yates, ESPN Insider
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Passing along some leftover soundbites from Tom Brady's interview with the "Dennis & Callahan Show" on WEEI sports radio in Boston on Thursday morning.
* On how quickly he can see that a new wide receiver understands the system and the offense. "It's a process, there's no question. I think there are certain players that I've played with that get it right it way like Deion [Branch] as an example, like Wes [Welker] as an example, like Randy [Moss] as an example. Those guys were so football smart, they kind of know how to play the game, they know how to play position, they know how to get open for certain looks or the type of body language they give to me as a quarterback so I can anticipate throwing the ball. I wouldn't say two days into OTAs we have it figured out, but by training camp, by mid-training camp, we'll have a pretty good idea of who I'm most comfortable with. And all those guys, you just try to get more comfortable. If you're starting at place where you don't have a lot of comfort, then you're working hard every day to develop that comfort. And that comes with the repetition and the practice and certainly under more pressurized situations is when you learn the most. To me, football is so much about mental toughness, it's digging deep, it's doing whatever you need to do to help a team win and that comes in a lot of shapes and forms. That comes on the practice field when you really see when you're in the heat of the battle, and the willingness someone has to do something that's asked of them when it matters most.
* On his comfort level with the new-look wide receiver corps. "There's quite a few new guys on the roster, certainly at the receiver position almost the entire group. As many days of practice as we can get in, as many opportunities as we can have to actually throw the ball together in a competitive environment, I think that's where a lot of the improvement comes. We've only had two days of practice, it's a very competitive position, I think there are a lot of positions that are very competitive on our team. I'm excited to see at this point the work we've been putting in, how well it's paying off."
* Impressions of Danny Amendola. "Well Danny has always had a lot of talent, so to watch him out there and to play against him when he was at the Rams, he was very productive. It's fun to work with him, he's got the tenacity to him and the drive and the determination and work ethic. In a short period of time, it's really easy to see. Like I said, he's one of those guys that the more we throw, the better we're going to be. We're trying to always kind of talk through practice, through the OTAs, we threw in spring a lot and hopefully as the summer continues leading up to training camp we'll get as many reps as we can together so we're on the same page."
* Details on his Best Buddies challenge, which will kick off Friday, May 31. "Next Friday we have a football game at Harvard Stadium. We've been doing it for four or five years now. Every year its grown [and] this year all the funds that are being made are being given to the Boston One Fund, which is very cool to support the people that were injured in the marathon. That's Friday night, that's a great turnout and it's a lot of fun, and then Saturday is the race from north of Boston to Hyannisport to support Best Buddies, which is a great organization I've been involved with for 12 years. We raised $3-4 million last year and hopefully we can do more this year. Come on out, it's a great event, a lot of my teammates will be there and it's really the highlight of my offseason."
* On his work with Tom House, a former major league pitcher and Brady's new personal quarterback coach. "The mental part of football is so important. To grasp your offense, the reads you're making, anticipation and so forth. When it comes to the actual throwing the football, it always comes down to mechanics and I always use golf as an example. The ball doesn't move, you're standing there looking at the ball and you have a long time to be able to think about your swing, but the guys that are most consistent over time have the best mechanics. If you're slightly off, you're still pretty good. Guys that are kind of hackers and don't have very good mechanics, well to go out and shoot even par is nearly impossible. But for the pros, it's because they work really hard on the mechanics and the mechanics are what allow you to do what you need to do so that you can get the ball where you want it to go, whether that's golf or football, it's the same thing. There's mechanics to throwing a football and how you maximize your efficiency. I think I've really been intrigued over the last few years to learn a lot of the reasons why, and not necessarily just how to do it. That's more what it's been about with Tom House. He's taken a very scientific approach to throwing the ball. It's fun to learn, it's fun to improve, it's fun to see yourself make improvements, that's part of the motivation as you continue on in this game to get better and better and better and better so that you can be at your best for you team."
* On the circumstances of throwing with Terrell Owens at USC earlier this offseason. "He was just out there -- Danny and I were going out to throw and he came out and had the chance to throw with him, which was my first time ever. Danny and I kind of scheduled a time to go and it was fun to kind of get a jump on the season."