New England Patriots

Tom Brady speaks with reporters after practice at Patriots training camp on July 31, 2019. (Matt Dolloff/WBZ-FM)

By Matt Dolloff,

FOXBORO, MASS. — Tom Brady informally met with reporters after the Patriots practiced on day six of training camp on Wednesday. It was a surprise appearance from Brady, who was previously expected on Thursday.

Brady addressed a number of topics without getting into too much detail, as he usually does in his pressers. Read below for the most notable quotes from his impromptu comments.

On still being at camp 19 years after his rookie season…

“I was trying to make the team at that point. To do it 20 years later is pretty unreal to me, but I’m enjoying it. Every year has its different challenges. A day like this, you’ve just got to keep grinding through it. It’s hot. We’ve been at it for a week or two. We’ve got to find ways to make improvements. That’s what this time of year is all about.”

On the Patriots’ younger receivers and offensive development:

“There’s a lot of turnover every year, and you deal with the turnover. There’s a lot of new guys trying to assimilate into what we’ve done here for a long time. It’s really up to them to get up to speed and everyone’s got to help them get there, between the coaches, the veteran players, the leaders. It’s our responsibility to get everyone on the same page and doing the right thing and trying to help us in whatever we can to help us move the ball down the field and score some points.”

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman take the field before Patriots training camp on July 31, 2019. (Matt Dolloff/WBZ-FM)

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman take the field before Patriots training camp on July 31, 2019. (Matt Dolloff/WBZ-FM)

On bulking up in the offseason:

“I focus on a lot of things. Every year has its different challenges. I wanted to get a little bigger this year and put on a few more pounds and try to absorb the hits a little bit more. I worked pretty hard at that. It was good. I still realized when I got here I wanted to be a little more fluid and get back to the fluidity that I’m used to, too. There’s a difference between getting really dense and being more pliable. That’s really what my focus was on.”

On working out with Josh Gordon recently:

“It wasn’t many opportunities, but he was around and I needed someone to catch. I’ve always enjoyed playing with him and obviously hope everything works out for him. I’m hoping the best, certainly.”

On whether he’s comfortable going year-to-year with his contract:

“I mean we’re all day-to-day if you think about it. None of us are really promised anything. I’m just trying to do the best I can do today and just let those things work themselves out.”

On whether he feels he’s earned a new contract:

“[Joking] Have I earned it? I don’t know, that stuff’s for talk show debates. What do you guys think? Take a poll? Talk to Mr. Kraft, come on. Like I said, we’ve got a great relationship, so we’ll see how it goes.”

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