New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are expected to go through their OTAs without quarterback Tom Brady for the second spring in a row, according to a report from ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

From Reiss:

While always subject to change, early indications are that quarterback Tom Brady plans to follow a similar routine as last year when he remained away from voluntary workouts, in part to focus more on family time.

As Reiss noted, this is a similar routine as to last year’s OTAs, which went on without Brady.

The difference this time around, though, is that there doesn’t seem to be that ‘uncertainty’ following last year’s absence came with on the heels of a Super Bowl loss and rumors of ‘friction’ and ‘tension’ between Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

And skipping OTAs didn’t really seem to make a big difference for Brady and the Patriots in 2018, as No. 12 finished the regular season with 4,355 yards, 29 touchdowns, and a 97.7 quarterback rating.

Oh, and Brady’s sixth Super Bowl ring.