The Tampa Bay Buccaneers mandatory minicamp is fast approaching, and head coach Bruce Arians will soon decide how much work is he willing to let Tom Brady do.
The 43-year-old veteran quarterback is recovering from offseason knee surgery, and he’ll likely want to get some reps with his teammates in at minicamp. However, Arians may not let him do a lot.
“I don’t know how much I’ll let him do … with guys chasing him around,” Arians said, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “We’ll see. We’ll see what the doctors say. He may be doing a lot of coaching.”
Although the veteran quarterback may not like the idea of more rest, Sporting News reports he already has 21 years of NFL experience and there is no need for him to rush back from knee surgery early in the offseason.
Brady has plenty of time to get reps on the field, and it seems like the longer he waits to do so, the healthier his knee will be.
Though Arians may limit Brady, the Bucs passer has been doing workouts of his own in recent weeks, and some of his teammates have tagged along. Last week, they worked out at the Bucs facility, Sporting News reports.
“Evidently it was a real good workout,” Arians said. “I wasn’t here, but from everything I heard, it was a real good workout. He’s not in town right now, but I would hope some of those guys that have been with him would come in here tomorrow. We’ll see.”
Some of the offensive players who opted to work with Brady include Tyler Johnson and Ke’Shawn Vaughn, and both should return to Tampa Bay camp in the coming days.
If Brady is limited during minicamp, veterans Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin will have a chance to get more reps, as will rookie second-round pick Kyle Trask. The team will then have the chance to assess what their quarterback room might look like when Brady eventually retires.